Information Technology

In the Information Technology program students can choose between two pathways: a Cisco Networking Academy pathway and a Computer Programming pathway. At the beginning of this two year program, all students start with the fundamentals of both networking, programming, and as well as information technology in general. Students then decide which pathway they want to specialize in.

In the Cisco Networking Academy pathway, students learn how to install, configure and troubleshoot networks using a web based curriculum and a simulation of networking environments to prepare them to be a computer network technician.  In the Computer Programming pathway, students learn programming using a variety of languages including HTML, CSS, JavaScript and may include C++, Python, Php and others as time permits.  All students will also have opportunities to explore Web Design, 3D Animation and App Design, Programming Microcontrollers and Robots, and Database design.

THIS PROGRAM WILL BE OFFERED AT REC ONLY.  IT WILL BE DISCONTINUED AT CGEC IN 2019-20.

 

Characteristics of a successful student

  • A strong interest in networking and/or programming
  • Likes to problem solve and design solutions
  • Excellent attendance
  • Parental support of the career and IT program

 

Recommended Home School District Courses

  • Any computer programming, design, or networking courses

 

Topics Covered

Networking Programming
The OSI Model

Router/Switch configuration

Routing protocols

Routing Security

LAN Security

LAN Redundancy

VLANs

VLAN Security

DHCP

NAT/PAT

Access Lists

Branch Connections

Variables

Methods/Functions

Flow Control

Iterative Control

Pointers

Data Structures

Memory Access

Objects

Inheritance

Abstract Data Types

 

 

Available Academic Credits

  • Math 11 (1 credit)
  • Science 11 (1 credit)
  • English 12 (1 credit)
  • Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit)

For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor

 

College Credit Available From

  • Art Institute of Pittsburgh*
  • Bryant & Stratton College*
  • Columbia Greene Community College
  • Hudson Valley Community College

*These credits are only available if the student attends these colleges.

 

Related Career Opportunities

  • Computer Network Technician
  • Computer Sales or Service Technician
  • Network Designer or Administrator
  • Systems Analysis
  • Programmer
  • App, Web, or Game Developer
  • Database Administrator

 

Industry-Based Certifications (attainable through program)

  • CISCO CCNA® Certification
  • CISCO CCENT Certification
  • C++ Programming Certification
  • Java Programming Certification
  • Linux OS Certification

 

Technical Assessment

Students will take one of six approved technical assessments for this program based on their area of specialization.  Students must pass ALL 3 parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio

 

Licensing

  • CISCO CCNA® Certification
  • CISCO A+ Computer Technician Certification
  • CISCO CCENT Certification

 

Technical endorsement

CISCO Skills Exam

To earn a CTE technical endorsement on their diploma, students must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Earn the minimum 22 credits for HS graduation in NYS
  • Pass the minimum 5 required regents exams (ELA, 1 Math, 1 Science, US History and Global History)
  • Pass ALL 3 parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio.

 

Contact Information

Caitlin Preisner
Columbia-Greene Educational Center
(518) 828-4157
Caitlin.preisner@questar.org

Lisa Gilbert
Rensselaer Educational Center
(518) 273-2264
lgilbert@questar.org

Contact Information

Danielle Bouton-Wales
Director of CTE
518-479-6898
dboutonwales@questar.org

Rensselaer Educational Center
518-273-2264

Columbia- Greene Educational Center
518-828-4157

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