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Information Technology (IT) Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in the growing field of Information Technology in partnership with industry.

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
The Utah Information Technology Education Pathways are based on the national skills standards, where applicable, and established state standards. By taking Information Technology Education courses, students obtain the advanced high-tech skills to successfully compete in the advancing technological world.

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:

Networking & IT Support
  -Network Systems
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  -Technical Support

Digital Design & Software Development
  -Database Development and Administration
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  -Digital Media
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  -Programming/Software Development
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  -Web Development and Administration

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
IT students who want to participate in a leadership organization choose between the following organizations, depending on what is available at their school:

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
www.fbla-pbl.org/

SkillsUSA
www.skillsusa.org

Technology Student Association (TSA)
www.tsaweb.org

STATE RECOGNITION
The Information Technology Education program has several state competitions in which students can participate. These include the following:

  • Digital Media Arts Festival
  • FBLA State Leadership Conference and competition
  • IT Challenge
  • SkillsUSA State Conference competition
  • TSA State Conference competition

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.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Utah high school students have been recognized for their excellence in computer skills and technology at national competitions.

  • FBLA National Leadership Conference
  • SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference
  • TSA National Leadership Conference

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
Each program in Information Technology Education is a sequence of courses that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills necessary to enter their chosen field of study and increase their earning potential while still in high school, and later as they pursue postsecondary education.

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

Adobe
Certiport
CompTIA
Computer Science Teacher Assocation
LearnKey
Microsoft
Microsoft IT Academy
Novell
Utah Technology Council (UTC)
Women Tech Council

 


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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
carl [dot] lyman [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (Carl Lyman), Specialist
Information Technology Education
Phone: 801>538-7946
Fax: 801>538-7868

khanni [dot] bills [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (Khanni Bills) , Support Staff
Information Technology Education
Phone: 801>538-7863




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