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Maryland CTE Career Clusters

Information Technology

Information technology professionals will face increasing pressure to design, develop, implement, and support more complex and reliable information technology solutions that will meet the needs of external and internal customers. Maryland CTE programs include opportunities for students to focus on development, programming or to place software greater emphasis on developing knowledge and skills related to IT hardware and networking technologies. Cyber Security 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 Cyber Security and Information Assurance are provided.

Programs of Study

Academy of Information Technology (NAF)

In partnership with the National Academy Foundation (NAF), the Academy of Information Technology prepares students for post-secondary education and careers in a wide range of Information Technology (IT) careers. All students complete foundation-level courses in computer science and then choose an area of specialization. Students may focus on IT software and programming or IT hardware and networking options.

Database Academy (Oracle)

The Database Academy (Oracle) program prepares students for successful careers in database administration, database programming, IT consulting, IT project management, and computer engineering. The Oracle Academy is a two-year program that includes database programming, as well as the professional skills students require to pursue quality academic and professional opportunities. Each course of the Oracle Academy prepares students for the Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) certification.

IT Networking Academy (CISCO)

The IT Networking Academy (Cisco) prepares students for advanced study in IT and for industry certification (CCNA), the first step in a Cisco career certification path. Students learn how to install and configure switches and routers in multiprotocol networks using local- and wide-area networks; provide troubleshooting service; and improve network performance and security. The high school program for the IT Networking Academy starts with a foundation in computer hardware and software basics. Students advance their understanding of IT Networking through the Cisco Academy with the opportunity for a range of industry certifications, such as CompTIA (A+, Net+) and Cisco CCENT.

Computer Science

The Information Technology (IT) Software Pathway program, Computer Science prepares students for further study and careers in the field of Computer Science. Students complete a sequence of four courses, starting with an overview of the Computing and Information Technology field and progressing through a more in-depth study of computer science. Throughout the program, students will learn all aspects of Computer Science including: programming, hardware design, networks, graphics, databases and information retrieval, cyber security, software design, programming languages, logic, programming paradigms, translation between levels of abstraction, artificial intelligence, the limits of computations, applications in information technology and information systems, and social issues (Internet security, privacy, and intellectual property).

PLTW Computer Science

The nationally acclaimed, PLTW Computer Science program empowers students in grades 9-12 to become creators, instead of merely consumers, of the technology all around them. The program engages students in real-world activities like creating an online art portal and using automation to process and analyze DNA-sequence data. These projects and problems engage students in computational thinking, challenge them to think big, and help illustrate how intricately computer science is woven into our society. As students work together to design solutions, they learn computational thinking – not just how to code – and transform themselves into builders of tech. The program’s courses empowers students with in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.