Information Technology

The Information Technology Program is designed to provide students with a working understanding of one or more of the occupational and technical skills in the four pathways (see below) within the IT industry.

This program provides the framework for educators and industry to work together to produce work-ready, entry-level employees that will compete favorably in a global market, as well as, provide for post-secondary educational advancement while integrating work-based learning in the school and worksite.

Student Testimonial

“Good judgement comes from experience, and I was able to gain a lot of experience from QBE. I’ve learned what it’s like to have a job in the tech field. I know what it is like to have a manager and job responsibilities to make a difference. At QBE, I worked closely with others in the Tech field and regular users; I got a feel for how businesses work and the high level of efficiency expected. That being said, the people there were amazing coworkers, some former apprentices themselves, who helped ease me in and helped me balance my school and work responsibilities. This opportunity can net you great connections and experiences.”

Divy Suresh, Class of 2019, Sun Prairie

Frequently asked questions

Pathway


General IT Pathway covers IT Essentials which provides basic skills pertinent to working with computer devices and application set up and support. The Network Systems and Information Support Services Pathway includes the Hardware unit. This unit is appropriate for students who like problem solving while learning more deeply about communication systems between computers to meet business needs. Programming Software Development and Information Support Services Pathway includes the Software unit. This unit provides opportunities to work with and manipulate the data that is managed by IT systems, as well as, work with professionals to evaluate and customize programming to meet business needs. The Web Digital Communications Pathway includes the Web & Digital Media unit. This unit allows students who are interested in computers to combine their strong interests in design and creativity. Aligned with the Web & Digital Communications pathway, this unit allows students to work on web pages developing content, design and scripts for business purposes.




Career Opportunities


The information technology industry is among the largest and fastest sources of employment growth in Wisconsin. Companies will be looking to employ talented workers to serve both U.S. and global markets. The information technology industry is a dynamic and entrepreneurial field that continues to have a revolutionary impact on the economy and on the world. The Information Technology Career Cluster involves careers in the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration. Students in information technology learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-secondary opportunities. These opportunities could include two or four-year college programs, apprenticeships or employment. The Youth Apprenticeship Program in collaboration with Career and Technical Education courses will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers. Career Opportunities:

  • Web Designer or Webmaster
  • Network Administrator
  • Telecommunications Technician
  • Data Communications Analyst
  • Security or Database administrator
  • Computer or Game Programmer
  • Software Applications Architect
  • 3D Animator
  • Virtual Reality Specialist
  • Graphic Artist
  • Help Desk Specialist




Entrance Criteria


  • Entering junior or senior status
  • Display a genuine interest in the Information Technology Pathway
  • Have previously enrolled in introductory pathway specific courses
  • Register for concurrent related courses
  • Submit a completed application along with references
  • Interview effectively and get hired
  • Maintain a high level of attendance
  • Secure transportation to the job
  • On-track for high school graduation




Courses


Courses in the Information Technology Youth Apprenticeship program vary depending on each of the home school districts. Those courses should also relate to the work that students are doing on the job. Other courses can be taken through Madison Area Technical College and Herzing University. Information Technology Flyer





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