Department Head: RoseAnn Vaughan
Instructor: Joseph Szydlowski
Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.
IST visits Liberty Bank
IST students went on a technology immersion field trip at brand new Liberty Bank home office. They were given a private technology tour by the Chief Information Officer. And then met a panel of technology managers from Technology Support (level 2), System Administration, Engineering, and Web Delivery.
For the past 8 years the IST shop has volunteered providing computer tech support at the Middletown senior and community center. They are now expanding into Northford. They will be at the Edward Smith Library, 3 Old Post Road in Northford on March 15th from 9 -12.
Connecticut Technical Education and Career System's Information Systems course breakdown by grade.
Exploratory and Introduction to Information Systems (IT110)
Students deciding to enter the field of Information Systems are introduced to basic concepts of computer hardware and software. Instruction is provided in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) and students demonstrate beginner skills in these programs. Students learn current operating systems and create dual boot systems, configure and troubleshoot systems. Students will be introduced to the basics of safety, as well as equipment identification and use. The introduction to computer hardware includes knowledge of computer components and computer accessories.
Intermediate Software Applications (IT210)
In Grade 10, students demonstrate intermediate-level skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint). Students are then introduced to other Microsoft Products and to Adobe Products. Basic computer programming, computer networking, school-to-work and job readiness skills are also introduced. Students are prepared to take Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOS) and Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA) Certification Tests. They continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices.
Web Design and Introduction to Networking (IT310)
In Grade 11, students demonstrate more advanced skills in web design, networking, databases and desktop publishing. Programming skills are refined and developed. A working knowledge of computer hardware is reintroduced. Networking, server, and virtual machines are utilized. Students are able to set up small networks and test them. Troubleshooting skills are taught and refined. School-to-work and job readiness skills are continued. They continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL).
Advanced Programming and Technical Skills (IT410)
In Grade 12, students continue to advance their programming and technical skills. A senior project is completed using advanced skills. Students specializing in hardware are prepared for A+ and networking certification examinations. They are also prepared for and encouraged to seek Microsoft certifications. Students continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. They will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application, interview and to perform entry-level job readiness and trade skills. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL). Each student will take the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) exam, a performance-based test.
Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to pursue a two-year computer technology degree at state colleges and universities or go on to a four-year computer engineering degree. Students can obtain immediate employment in the information systems area. Jobs include: help desk assistant, sales, systems technician and database maintenance, to name a few. Students graduating from Information Systems also find great success in the military in fields like communications, information management and information systems technician.