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Information Technology

Overview

SQ-student-using-bandsaw.jpgThe Information Technology Program prepares students to meet the demands of the 21st century with a rigorous academic curriculum, while exposing them to the varied career paths and opportunities available in the information technology industry. Students are provided concentrated coursework in networking, computer science, web design, and interactive media production, which prepares students for post-secondary training and/or a career path in the information technology field.

Requirements to Enroll and Complete Program: Be in good academic standing with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Learn more about possible careers, majors and certifications

Did You Know?

  • 1/3 of CTE Students can earn college credit and/or industry certification through CTE1
  • CTE Graduates earn significantly more than those who majored in academic fields2
  • 6 in 10 Students plan to pursue a career related to the CTE area they explored in high school.3
  • CTE Graduates with technical or applied science associates degrees out-earn bachelor’s degree holders by $11,000.4

Computer Science

(4-year pathway)

The Information Technology (IT) Computer Science Program is a 4-Year MSDE Approved Completer Program of Study that prepares students to meet the demands of the 21st century with a rigorous academic curriculum, while exposing them to the varied career paths and opportunities available in the Information Technology (IT) Computer Science industry. Students are provided concentrated coursework in JAVA, Python, AP Courses, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Software Engineering that will prepare them for post-secondary training and/or a career path in the Information Technology (IT) Computer Science field.  

Courses

(Beginning Grade Level: 9th)

Program Location(s)

*Boundary Students Only

Networking (CISCO Academy - Cybersecurity)

(2-year pathway)

The IT Networking Cisco Academy is a nationally recognized program that prepares students for successful careers in information technology fields such as computer network design and administration, hardware, software, and network installation, local and wide-area network (LAN/WAN) management and systems engineering.  The IT Networking Cisco Academy) prepares high school students with the professional skills they require to pursue quality academic and professional opportunities. Particular emphasis is given to using decision-making and problem-solving techniques in the application of science, mathematics, communication and social studies concepts to solve networking problems.

Academy courses are designed with the option of an applied approach or a more theoretical approach to learning IT networking.  The course sequence is a hands-on, applied technology approach to Cisco and CompTIA certifications. As a result of participation in this program, students can earn industry certifications that are the first steps toward a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification, or to more advanced certifications in CCNA Voice, Cloud, Wireless, or Security. Recommended World Languages: Arabic, Chinese, or Russian.  

Courses

(Beginning Grade Level: 11th)

Program Location(s)

*Boundary Students Only

TalentReady

(4-year pathway)

TalentReady Prince George’s (“TalentReady”), is an early college partnership with Prince George’s Community College, Employ Prince George’s, Inc., four-year colleges and employer partners. It is designed to expand student access to college, prepare students for careers in information technology, and meet the growing demand for local IT talent in the nation’s capital. The program prepares students for one of four high school to career paths: Software DevelopmentNetworkingData Management, and Cybersecurity.  

Each path is comprised of:

  • Summer Bridge
  • Specialized Curriculum
  • Dual Enrollment 
  • Industry-recognized Credentials
  • Work-Based Learning and Internships 
  • Embedded Supports

To strengthen the IT workforce pipeline, this program includes outreach, engagement, and professional development opportunities developed in partnership with industry partners and an advisory board.

Courses

(Beginning Grade Level: 9th)

Program Location(s)

*Boundary Students Only

Possible Certifications

  • Microsoft Technology Associate Software Development Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Technology Associate Networking Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Technology Associate Security Fundamentals
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CCENT (networking technician)
  • CCNA (network administrator)
  • Certified Network Professional (CCNP)

Possible College Majors

  • Information Technology
  • Software Development and Design
  • Computer Science
  • Computer System Analysis
  • Networking and Telecommunications
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Graphics
  • Science, Technology, and Society

Possible Careers

  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Network Technician
  • Network Administrator
  • Webmaster
  • Software Designer
  • Apps Designer
  • Network Manager
  • Computer Programmer
  • Database Administrator

Program Contact Information

Quiana Bannerman, Supervisor
quiana.bannerman@pgcps.org

Department of Career and Technical Education
Green Valley Administrative Offices
2215 Chadwick Street
Temple Hills, MD 20748

Phone: (301) 669-6012
Fax: (301) 669-6090

1 Source: My College Options®/ACTE research study (2016). National sample includes 40,192 high school CTE students., 2 Jacobson and Mokher, Florida Study of Career and Technical Education, 2014, as cited in the 2014 National Assessment of CTE Final Report, 3 NRCCUA® and ACTE 2016, 4 Schneider 2013, College Measures