Cyber security is an increasingly in-demand area of employment in Maryland and the IT pathway sets up students to be years ahead of their peers in this highly competitive arena. In partnership with Cisco, CompTIA, NDG, Oracle and Project Lead The Way the program pathway provides multiple opportunities for students to gain college credit and/or become certified. Areas of expertise include operating systems, data management, network infrastructure and cyber security.
The Database Academy leverages Oracle’s global technology to help students develop IT and business skills using production software that is common in hundreds of industries. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) bestowed a Seal of Alignment to the Oracle Academy Java and Database courses for international acceptance. Students may earn the Java Foundations Certified Junior Associate or the Database Foundations Junior Associate Certifications.
The IT Networking Academy (Cisco) identifies and develops the businesses skills that people need to thrive in a digital economy. The curriculum provided by Cisco's NetAcad takes a student centered project based approach to learning that connects computer science theory with practice. Students have access to a range of industry certifications, such as CompTIA’s ITF, A+, Network+, Security+, LPI's Linux Essentials and Cisco’s CCT, CCENT, and CCNA. (Routing & Switching, Security and Cyber Ops)
The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Computer Science program engages students in real-world activities like using automation to process and analyze DNAsequence data. The PLTW projects cultivate students’ computational thinking, challenge them to think big, and help illustrate how intricately computer science is woven into our society. The College Board recognizes PLTW as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (AP CSP).