A Pathway is a method of searching for a career that fits a student's interests and lifestyle and then allows the student to build academic courses around it. The Pathway recommends individual high school courses – both academic and career-related – to concentrate on which are specifically geared toward the student's chosen career. All of this planning starts as early as middle/junior high school and continues as the student advances through high school.
Educator's Guide to Pathways - PDF
Pathways IT Career Chart and Key - PDF
Pathways List - PDF
Information Technology Education - 6 Pathways
Information Support & Services
Database Development & Administration - PDF
Technical Support - PDF
Digital Media (Multimedia) - PDF
Web Development & Administration - PDF
Network Systems - PDF
Programming/Software Development - PDF
Information Technology (IT) Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in the growing field of information technology in partnership with industry.
- The Utah Information Technology (IT) Education pathways are based on the national skills standards, where applicable, and established state standards.
- Specific course offerings vary by school. Many IT courses are also available at local colleges and ATCs. Students should see their school counselors to take advantage of these courses. Many courses offer concurrent enrollment opportunities for students and may provide a seamless transition for students in the IT programs at the college level.
Tips for Teachers and Counselors:
- By taking IT courses, students can obtain industry certification and be ready to work in careers such as computer programming and computer networking.
- To complete a pathway, students must complete the foundation courses listed that generally equal 3.0 total credits.
- Utah’s IT education program is a charter member of the U.S. Department of Education’s Information Technology Career Cluster Consortium.
- It is important for counselors to note that students interested in careers in IT should also take academic courses
Utah IT students who want to participate in a leadership organization should choose from the following organizations, depending on what is available at their school: Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), SkillsUSA, and Technology Student Association (TSA).
Transition to Post-Secondary and/or Career:
- Each pathway 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 post-secondary education.
- Preparation for post-secondary education and concurrent enrollment articulation are also high priorities of each IT pathway.
- A variety of Work-Based Learning (WBL) experiences should be implemented throughout the pathway. WBL experiences allow students to see how classroom instruction connects to the world of work and future career opportunities.
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.
December 10, 2010