Information & Communications Technology

Information & Communications Technology

Although there is no single, universal definition of ICT, the term is generally accepted to mean all devices, networking components, applications and systems that combined allow people and organizations (i.e., businesses, nonprofit agencies, governments, and criminal enterprises) to interact in the digital world.  The latter is commonly referred to as digital literacy.

Unlike traditional Information Technology (IT), ICT is the backbone and infrastructure which enables all forms of modern computing and includes key elements of computers, computing, electronic-commerce, data analytics, telephony and communications technologies across a variety of industry orientations and solution domains.

In addition to component discussions, the ICT pathway includes a variety of labs and class exercises tied to problem solving and solution design.  Students will work on projects incorporating such technologies as smartphones, smart buildings, digital TVs, telephony, robotics, security systems and the Internet of Things (IOT).

Coursework in the ICT pathway allows students to explore and develop solutions associated with a variety of “grand challenges” spanning an array of industry, societal, research and engineering issues, some of which involve discussions with industry partners and mentors often affording students actual hands-on work assignments and after school projects.

ICT’s importance to economic development and business growth has been so impactful that it has been credited with ushering in what many have labeled the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Click below to access a presentation overview of Information and Communication Technology Pathway.

Course Offerings

Apple Certified Mac & iOS Technician: CTE83110: Summer, Fall, & Spring

  • Open to all 11-12th graders (and exceptional 9th & 10th graders with prior Apple product knowledge)
  • Summer, 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. Students who succeed in this class will be able to take certification exams assessing their knowledge of the following devices: MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook Pro and more.  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.

CompTIA: IT Fundamentals: CTE83120: Summer, Fall, & Spring 

  • Open to all 9-12th graders (No prerequisites)
  • Students who pass this class will pay for their own certification test – $90

IT Fundamentals introduces students to the Information Technology field; including computer hardware & software support, customer service, networking, security, and computer design. This class serves as both an introduction to computers and computing as well as being a precursor to the CompTIA A+ program. The ITF+ program is intended for beginners with no prior computer knowledge with students who succeed in this class will being eligible to take the CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification.  This program combines hands-on experiential learning with classroom instruction.

CompTIA A+ Hardware: CTE83121: Fall 

  • Open to 9th-12th graders (prerequisite of IT Fundamentals or Instructor Approval)
  • Students who pass this class will pay for their own certification test – $90

The Comp TIA A+ program is the first of two classes preparing students to achieve the CompTIA Industry A+ Certification, the most widely recognized certification in the Information Technology industry. Combining classroom instruction, hands-on labs, and industry design sessions, students are exposed to a wide variety of issues ranging from design/build of computing devices (desktops, laptops, mobile devices and other), networking, communications and storage technologies. This class is intended for those who already have extensive computer experience across multiple platforms, and those who have passed IT Fundamentals.

CompTIA A+ Software: CTE83122: Spring 

  • Open to 9th-12th graders (prerequisite of IT Fundamentals or Instructor Approval)
  • Students who pass this class will pay for their own certification test – $90

A+ Software is the second of the two classes required of students to take the CompTIA A+ Industry Certification, the most widely recognized certification in the Information Technology industry. Students will understand a wide variety of issues covering operating systems, applications, utilities and troubleshooting tools and techniques including such areas as networking and cybersecurity. This class is intended for those who have extensive computer experience across multiple Operating Systems, and those who have passed IT Fundamentals.

CompTIA Network +: CTE83123: Fall or Spring

  • Open to 10-12th graders (students who have passed IT Fundamentals or by instructor approval)
  • Students who pass this class will pay for their own certification test – $90

The CompTIA Network+ program covers a wide range of knowledge and skills that apply to a variety of networking job roles and career paths. Topics covered include developing a fundamental knowledge of network design, terminology, hardware and software components, connectivity methods, standards, and configurations. Students will perform a variety of hands-on labs leading to the design and installation of SOHO (Small Office Home Office) networks. Upon completion students will achieve fundamental skills in wired, wireless, cellular and mobile network connectivity, maintenance, security and troubleshooting.

Project Teams

Tech Team

The tech team works in an after school lab setting to repair Apple products for the District. They also do contract work for the community around various technologies. We currently have 22 Apple certified technicians that are employed in the Innovation Center lab. 

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