IT & Digital Arts

Occupation Opportunities
Network Systems Administrator
Information Technology Specialist

Certification Opportunities
CompTIA A+ & Microsoft Technology Associate
Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician
Network+ & Cisco Certified Network Associate
Credits for this Program Include:
Computer Systems track, Year 1
Cisco I and II (.5 Credit Each)
Computer Systems Tech (1 Credit)
Entrepreneurship (1 Credit)
Computer Systems track, Year 2
Cisco III and IV (.5 Credit Each)
Adv. Computer Systems Tech (2 Credits)
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Cybersecurity Systems track, Year 1
Cisco I and II (.5 Credit Each)
Cybersecurity Systems Tech (1 Credit)
Entrepreneurship (1 Credit)
Cybersecurity Systems track, Year 2
Cisco III and IV (.5 Credit Each)
Adv. Cybersecurity Systems Tech (2 Credits)

Preferred Aptitudes
Ability to remain focused while working at a
computer for long periods of time
Dual enrollment credits may be available for eligible students

Courthouse Campus

The first year of this two-year, honors-level program encompasses Cisco IT Essentials (A+) and Cisco CCNA 1 & 2 (CCENT). Students develop skills in design, configuration, and maintenance of PC/laptop/networking hardware, software, peripherals, cabling, and small-office/home-office (SOHO) network design. The course covers industry standards for network protocols, topologies, design, security, and protection. An introduction to converged networking (voice, video, and data) is also provided. This course prepares students for these industry certifications: CompTIA A+, MTA, and CCENT. Eligible students may continue to second-year, with a focus on the design, configuration, and maintenance of switches and routers, LANs and VLANs. Specifically students configure and troubleshoot LANs, WANs — including PPP, VLSM, and the configuration and implementation of access control lists, and other security mechanisms. A study of advanced wireless business network technology is included. Second-year students are prepared for the Network+ and Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) industry certifications.

Within the Computer Networking program, students may indicate a preference for either the Computer Systems track or the Cybersecurity Systems track. Computer Systems emphasizes server setup and hardware, while Cybersecurity Systems focuses on operating systems and software.

Occupation Opportunities
Commercial Photographer

Certification Opportunities
Workplace Readiness Skills
Adobe Photoshop Certification

Credits for this Program Include:
Commercial Photo I (1 Credit)
Commercial Photo II (2 Credits)

Preferred Aptitudes
Self-motivated and able to work independently
Must be able to sit at a computer for an
extended period of time
Previous experience with computer skills and computer art classes recommended

Courthouse Campus

In this one-year, honors-level course, digital photography is explored in depth for students who are interested in this career field. Portraiture, studio lighting, tabletop illustration, nature, advertising, macro photography, photo restoration, fashion photography, and digital correction and manipulation in PhotoShop are integral to the course. A lab fee, photo supplies, tripod with quick-release plate, a digital SLR camera (18 Megapixels or higher resolution with adjustable apertures/f-stops, shutter speeds and ISO) and a 500gb external hard drive are required.

Occupation Opportunities
Information Security Analyst
IT Support Specialist

Certification Opportunities
CompTIA A+
MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate):
Security Certification
IC3 (Internet and Computing Core)

Credits for this program include:
Cybersecurity Systems Technology (1 Credit)
Adv. Cybersecurity Systems Technology (2 Credits)

Preferred Aptitudes
Ability to remain focused while working
at a computer for long periods of time
Dual Enrollment credit may be
available for qualifying students

Courthouse Campus

This one-year, honors-level course will be available in 2020-21 only. It is exclusively open to seniors. The course is designed for strong students interested in pursuing a career in the IT / Cyber Security industry. This IT course focuses on hardware, operating systems, networking fundamentals, web development, and cyber security. Students will learn essential IT, cyber security, web, and career skills as they complete individual and group projects including: hands-on labs, presentations, interviews, and job shadowing. Students will have the opportunity to earn industry certifications, compete in international cyber-security competitions, and network with industry professionals.

Occupation Opportunities
Graphic Designer
Animator
Illustrator

Certification Opportunities
Adobe Illustrator Certification

Credits for this Program Include:
Year 1: Graphic Communications Systems (1 Credit),
Digital Visualization (1 Credit),
Entrepreneurship (1 Credit)
Year 2: Adv. Entrepreneurship (2 Credits),
Digital Arts Co-Op (1 Credit)

Preferred Aptitudes
Self-motivated and able to work
independently
Must be able to sit at a computer for an
extended period of time
Previous experience with computer skills
and computer art classes recommended

Courthouse Campus

In this two-year, honors-level program, creative applications on the computer are explored, using the latest versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Designs for digital graphics, layouts for publishing, and animated movies are created. Student artists use digital cameras, drawing materials, scanners, and digital tablets to create, input and design images. Second semester of the first year focuses on animation, using Photoshop and working in teams. Professional portfolios are created. Students will create self-promotional materials to help present themselves as design professionals. This course will also incorporate entrepreneurship to learn how to manage a digital arts related company.

The second year of this course will further focus on digital arts related entrepreneurship as well as working with other Chesterfield County schools to complete promotional materials to further build their professional portfolios.