Innovative Technologies

Innovative Technologies
Student using a VR Headset
Overview

The Innovation Center’s Information Technology (IT) program gives students the skills and experience necessary to support end-users and businesses alike, teaching various elements of computer software and hardware. Students have opportunities to earn industry-valued certifications, and experience across technology industries.

Students who excel in classes are invited to work at the Innovation Center on real-world projects that give them marketable skills. The IT program of the Innovation
Center is committed to providing rigorous, useful, engaging courses, and learning opportunities.

Coursework currently offered within this program includes focuses in information technology, creative computing, advanced IT skills and cybersecurity. Curriculum is refreshed or added as technology and industry standards change.

Courses

Design Foundations

  • Design Foundations
    CTE86110
    Fall
    • (.5 Credit)
    • Open to all 9 - 12th graders

    This course teaches the basics of design including: what design is, sketching, drafting, rendering, presentation, the critique process, concepting an idea and translating it to a design brief. In addition, this course will give students a taste of the various types of industrial design they can continue with - transportation and mobility, product, and Human Machine Interface.

    Students will be asked to keep a sketchbook which will be part of the course.

CompTIA: Fundamentals

  • CompTIA: Fundamentals
    CTE83120
    Spring
    Summer
    Fall
    (.5 Credit)
    Open to all 9-12th graders. Students who pass the class will pay for their own certification test - $90.

    IT Fundamentals introduces students to the Information Technology eld; including computer hardware & software support, customer service, networking, security, and computer design. This class is a precursor to CompTIA A+, and is intended for beginners with very little computer knowledge. Students who succeed in this class will be ready to take the CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification.

Developing Augmented & Virtual Experiences

  • Developing Augmented & Virtual Experiences
    CTE81100
    Spring
    Summer
    Fall
    "This course allows students to experience and develop for augmented and virtual reality, using 360 degree cameras, HTC Vive, Oculus Go, Microsoft Hololens, and Apple’s AR Kit. Being able to develop VR and AR experiences gives each student cutting edge knowledge in an industry in need of talented staff. The average starting salary for a developer in this field is $75,000 a year. Learning in this field allows students to build technical literacy and express creativity in an immersive engaging computer aided design field."

CompTIA A+ Software

  • CompTIA A+ Software
    CTE83122
    Spring
    - Open to 10-12th graders (and all students who have passed IT Fundamentals)
    - Students who pass this class will pay for their own certification test - $90

    A+ Software is the second of two classes, preparing students to take the CompTIA A+ Certification, the most widely recognized certification in the Information Technology industry. Students will understand a wide variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to cybersecurity. This class is intended for those who have extensive computer experience across multiple OSes, and those who have passed IT Fundamentals.

CompTIA A+ Hardware

  • CompTIA A+ Hardware
    CTE83121
    Fall
    - Open to 10-12th graders (and all students who have passed IT Fundamentals)
    - Students who pass this class will pay for their own certification test - $90

    A+ Hardware is the first of two classes, preparing students to take the CompTIA A+ Certification, the most widely recognized certification in the Information Technology industry. Students will understand a wide variety of issues ranging from desktops, to laptops, to mobile devices. This class is intended for those who already have extensive computer experience across multiple platforms, and those who have passed IT Fundamentals.

Apple Certified Mac & iOS Technician

  • Apple Certified Mac & iOS Technician
    CTE83110
    Spring
    Summer
    Fall
    - Open to all 11-12th graders (and exceptional 9th & 10th graders with prior Apple product knowledge)
    - Students who pass the class will pay for their own certification test - $60
    - Fall & Spring Semesters

    ACMiT is designed for students who have experience with Apple devices computers; offering the same curriculum used to train Geniuses in Apple Stores. Those who succeed in this class will be prepared to take the Service Fundamentals, ACMT & ACiT certification tests. Students passing these official Apple certifications will be eligible to work on the Innovation Center Tech Team. Graduating certified students will work with Apple representatives to find placement in tech jobs at Apple and on college campuses.