Connecticut Technical Education and Career System’s Information Technology course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
3 Credits 3 Credits 3 Credits 3 Credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Information Technology Intermediate Software Applications Web Design and Introduction to Networking Advanced Programming and Technical Skills

Students deciding to enter the field of Information Technology 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 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.

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 and Macromedia products. Basic computer programming, accounting basics, school-to-work and job readiness skills are also introduced. Students are prepared to take Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) Certification Tests. They continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices.

In Grade 11, students demonstrate more advanced skills in web design and desktop publishing. Programming skills are refined and developed and HTML, Java and Java Script programming are introduced. Advanced accounting skills are taught and developed. A working knowledge of computer hardware is reintroduced. Networking skills are introduced and 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).

In Grade 12, students continue to advance their programming and technical skills. Programming languages skills include C++, Visual Basic and Advanced Java. 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 E-commerce programming and 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 construction technology degree or a four-year engineering degree. Students can obtain immediate employment in the carpentry field. Employment opportunities in residential and commercial construction include: framing, remodeling, cabinetry and millwork, custom woodworking, CNC (Computer Numerical Control) operator, drywall hanger/finisher, concrete formwork, yacht woodworking, roofers, siding installers, flooring installers, furniture maker refinishers, general construction worker, facilities maintenance construction labors and lumber supply employment.

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