IT careers involve the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services. The IT industry is a dynamic and entrepreneurial working environment that has a revolutionary impact on the economy and society. In addition to careers in the IT industry, IT careers are available in every sector of the economy - from Financial Services to Medical Services, Business to Engineering and Environmental Services. Anyone preparing for an IT career should have a solid grounding in math and science.
Even in times of economic downturn, there is still a large market for people with IT skills in organizations of all sizes. ITAA expects continued growth opportunities within the IT field.
2014-15 Programs of Study
The Programming and Software Development program of study (POS) is intended for students who wish to pursue careers such as computer programmer, programmer analyst, software engineer, software developer, or video game designer. Course content introduces students to fundamental information technology concepts, then progresses to topics such as object-oriented programming, software development life-cycle, software testing, quality assurance, ethics, and project management. Upon completion of this POS, students will have gained valuable training in the Game Programming or AP Computer Science capstone course, and be prepared for postsecondary study in computer science or management information systems.
- Level 1: Information Technology Foundations
- Level 2: Programming and Logic I
- Level 3: Programming and Logic II*
- Level 4: Game Programming -and/or- AP Computer Science
* Submitted to State Board of Education on first reading January 2014.
The Networking Systems program of study is designed for students interested in careers such as network administrator, network technician, computer systems analyst, information systems operator, or PC support specialist. The course content is competency-based, introducing students to fundamental information technology concepts, then progressing to cover key topics such as industry standards and specifications; troubleshooting, replacing and upgrading computers; designing, managing, and diagnosing network hardware and software; cabling system design; and cabling installations. Upon completion of the POS, students will have an opportunity to gain work-based learning training through the IT Clinical capstone course, and be prepared for postsecondary study in computer networking technology, computer engineering technology, or computer information technology.
The Web Design program of study is for students who wish to pursue careers such as web designer, web developer, social networking specialist, search engine optimization specialist, or search engine marketing specialist. Course content covers key topics including pixilated and vector-based web design, web graphics, web animation, web hosting, and eCommerce. Upon completion of this POS, students will be prepared to pursue an associate degree or certificate from a postsecondary institution, as well as industry recognized certifications.
- Level 1: Computer Applications* (optional1)
- Level 2: Web Page Design I Foundations
- Level 3: Web Page Design II Site Designer
- Level 4: Web Page Design III eCommerce
1Students who have strong basic computer skills or who took Computer Applications (or a similar course) in middle school can begin this program of study with the Level 2 course.
*Submitted to State Board of Education on first reading January 2014.