Information Technology

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Advances in scientific knowledge and increased public awareness of social problems and issues are contributing to a demand for high-quality social services. Public concerns over crime, security, and emergency response and the increased demand for legal intervention in business and communities will continue to drive the growth of law enforcement, emergency services and legal services. The continuous need for professionals in education fields, especially in the critical shortage areas, offers creative ways to engage young people early on in the teaching profession.

Programs of Study

Academy of Information Technology (NAF)

The Academy of Information Technology prepares students for career opportunities in programming, database administration, web design and administration, digital networks, and other areas in the expanding digital workplace. In addition, Juniper Networks has agreed upon a program of study, linked to NAF assessments, that will qualify students for its professional training program and earn a Juniper certificate.

Database Academy (Oracle)

The Oracle Academy leverages Oracle’s global technology leadership to offer a complete portfolio of computer science education resources to secondary schools with the goal of helping students become college and career-ready. Students develop IT and business skills using production software that is common in hundreds of industries, and educators keep pace with current technology through ongoing professional development. Students may earn the Java Foundations Certified Junior Associate or the Database Foundations Junior Associate Certifications.

IT Networking Academy (Cisco)

The IT Networking Academy (Cisco) identifies and develops the skills people and businesses need to thrive in a digital economy and prepares students for a variety of pathways in networking and operating systems that include project- and problem-based learning. Students learn content that leads to a range of industry certifications, such as CompTIA’s A+ and Cisco’s CCENT, CCNA, CCNA Security, and Cyber Ops.

PLTW Computer Science

The Project Lead the Way (pLTW) Computer Science program engages high school students in real-world activities like using automation to process and analyze DNA-sequence data. The pLTW projects and problems cultivate students’ computational thinking, challenge them to think big, and help illustrate how intricately computer science is woven into our society. The College Board recognizes pLTW as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for Advanced Placement Computer science principles (Ap Csp).

Mobile Apps and Software Development (Apple)

The Develop in Swift curriculum is intended for high school and higher education students to explore designing and building a fully functioning app of their own. As they develop new skills, students will master key coding concepts and can even earn AP® credit or an industry-recognized certification for their knowledge of Swift and Xcode. And students who earn certification can share a digital badge with their professional networks to convey their preparedness for the industry.

Program Highlight

IT Networking Academy (Cisco)

The IT Networking Academy (Cisco) prepares students for advanced study in a wide range of IT careers, including networking, cabling and wireless technologies. More than 2,500 students are enrolled in Cisco Academies across Maryland at the high school and college levels.

Cybersecurity is an increasingly important part of Information Technology (IT) programs and represents expanding opportunities for employment and advanced education and training in Maryland.

As students progress through these IT programs, additional options for Cybersecurity and Information Assurance are provided.