This is accomplished through technical instruction in the classroom, experiential education in the laboratory, student internships, and industry/skill certification. IT education programs also encourage and promote teamwork, lifelong learning, hands-on experience, ethical behavior, and communication skills.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PATHWAYS
IT careers involve the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services. The IT industry is a dynamic and entrepreneurial working environment that has a revolutionary impact on the economy and society. In addition to careers in the IT industry, IT careers are available in every sector of the economy— from Financial Services to Medical Services, Business to Engineering and Environmental Services.
Below are the six Pathways in Information Technology Education:
Our vision is to see that every student interested in an IT career receives the academic knowledge and foundational technical skills needed to be successful in the IT career field of his or her choice and post-secondary education.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP ORGANIZATIONS
In June 2013, 160 Utah high school students competed in the Digital Media Arts Festival held at Utah Valley University. Students from 19 high schools throughout Utah entered a digital media project in one of twelve categories. Entries were judged on technical and artistic value.
In May 2013, students across the state of Utah competed in the annual Utah IT Challenge. This event was held in conjunction with the Microsoft IT Academy, a national program that provides industry leading technology skills. From Photoshop to CIW Site Design to Oracle Java, over 60 students—grades 9-12—took the challenge to compete among their peers. Over 100 tests were taken with 16 MTA certifications awarded.
Utah's IT Education program received a Partnership Award for Excellence from the Computer Training Industry Association (CompTIA) for its work in the development of IT programs.
CAREER PREPARATION/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Last year 4,013 students were awarded a CTE Skill Certificate in Information Technology, indicating a high level of performance. In addition, 35 IT industry certificates were earned.
STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
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