Career & Technology Education (CTE) Pathways
Introduction to Foundations of TechnologyAll 9th graders are required to successfully complete this one-credit course in order to earn a State of Maryland High School diploma. Students will explore the six CTE pathways listed below in order to make an educated decision on the one pathway they will choose to enter for the duration of grades 10, 11 and 12.
Information Support and Services (ISS)
ISS provides students with skill sets that enable them to become experts in the MS Office Suite. Students will develop techniques to manage the storage of files and folders, and will explore IT careers in Technical Support. Students will evaluate priority skills needed for technical support and the specific characteristics of a successful Help Desk Support system. While defining important facets of the Help Desk, students will define the structures and responsibilities of the different tier levels of support. Students are prepped to take one of the MOS certification exams.
The Interactive Media Production program includes a strong foundation in arts and communication with particular emphasis on graphic and media communications, interactive technologies, and project development. Students gain experience in Internet technology and website development, computer graphics, digital media production and project management. In Simulation and Gaming, students advance their understanding and skill level in computer game design and interactive programming. All students develop a portfolio of their work and may earn certification in Adobe Creative Suite or web design.
IT Networking Academy (Cisco)
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. Students learn how to install and configure Cisco switches and routers in multi-protocol networks using local and wide-area networks (LANs and WANs), provide Level 1 troubleshooting service, and improve network performance and security. Upon successful completion of this course, students are prepared for the CCENT exam and for the A+ certification exam.
Database Academy (Oracle)
The Oracle Internet Academy is a professionally designed curriculum that exposes students to business and technical skills through hands-on exercises, assessments and project-based learning experiences. Students learn and apply higher-order thinking skills that are needed to excel in higher education and the world of work. Students are prepped to take the Intro to Oracle11 SQL Certified Associate certification exam and the Oracle Java 7 certification exam.
Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness focuses on protecting the public against threats to public safety through effective communication, preparedness, detection, prevention, response, and recovery. Students in the program focus on Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) technology leading to the STARS Entry-Level GIS Technician Certification.
This program is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics. The goal is to develop in students the computational thinking practices of algorithm development, problem solving and programming within the context of problems that are relevant. Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers and societal and ethical issues. Students are prepped to take the College Board AP Computer Science exam as well as the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) – Software Development Fundamentals certification exam.For additional information regarding Career & Technology Education, please visit MSDE.
Career & Technology Education Department Lead
Foundations of Computer Science