Computer & Information Technology Pathway
Steve Jobs once said, “I think everyone should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” The field of computer and information technology makes use of computers to solve problems, including hardware and software. However, computer and information technology is very broad and includes programming languages, computer system design, network architecture, website design, computer animation, robotics, technical support, and many more disciplines.
The objective of the Computer and Information Technology Pathway is to provide students with general information and coursework to assist students in determining a specific career path within the broad field of computers. In addition to the three (3) required STEM academic courses, students will be introduced to the concepts of problem solving through a variety of courses. They may choose a programming class where they will learn the fields of application programming and software development or students may choose to study the design of computers including hardware components and networking concepts. Students may also learn spreadsheets and how to work with logical functions; maintain data tables; and record tasks with macros, or students may choose to solve technology issues in an authentic work environment. In any case, the IT industry is rapidly changing and we invite you to take full advantage of our course offerings below.
Computer Support Specialists – Computer Support Specialists provide help and assistance to people and organizations using computer software or equipment. Sometimes called technical support specialists, computer support specialists provide information technology (IT) support to employees within organizations. Others, called help-desk technicians, assist non-IT users who are having computer problems.
Database Administrators – Database Administrators use software to store and organize data. They make sure that data are available to users and are secure from unauthorized access.
Software Developers- Software Developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or other device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or control networks.
Network Administrators – Network Administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of an organization’s computer networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.
Computer Systems Analysts – Computer Systems Analysts study an organization's current computer systems and make recommendations to management to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.
Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects - All use information technology (IT) to advance their organization’s goals. Security analysts ensure a firm’s information stays safe from cyber-attacks. Web developers create websites to help firms have a public face. Computer network architects create the internal networks all workers within organizations use.
Honor Cord Requirements for the STEM Pathway
An honor cord signifying your academic achievement in the STEM Pathway will be awarded to students who complete the following requirements:
- Completion of required and elective courses in the STEM Pathway with an overall 3.0 GPA
- Minimum overall 2.5 GPA in all high school courses