Information Technology (IT) Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in the growing field of Information Technology in partnership with industry.
This is accomplished through technical instruction in the classroom, experiential education in the laboratory, student internships, and industry/skill certification. IT education programs also encourage and promote teamwork, lifelong learning, hands-on experience, ethical behavior, and communication skills.
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Information Technology Pathways
The Utah Information Technology Education Pathways are based on the national skills standards, where applicable, and established state standards. By taking Information Technology Education courses, students obtain the advanced high-tech skills to successfully compete in the advancing technological world.
IT careers involve the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services. The IT industry is a dynamic and entrepreneurial working environment that has a revolutionary impact on the economy and society. In addition to careers in the IT industry, IT careers are available in every sector of the economy—from Financial Services to Medical Services, Business to Engineering and Environmental Services.
Below are the six Pathways in Information Technology Education:
Networking & IT Support
Digital Design & Software Development
Database Development and Administration
Web Development and Administration
Network and IT Support
Web Development and Administration
Student Leadership Organizations
IT students who want to participate in a leadership organization choose between the following organizations, depending on what is available at their school:
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Technology Student Association (TSA)
The Information Technology Education program has several state competitions in which students can participate. These include the following:
- Digital Media Arts Festival
- FBLA State Leadership Conference and Competition
- IT Challenge
- SkillsUSA State Conference Competition
- TSA State Conference Competition
In May 2014, 160 Utah high school students competed in the Digital Media Arts Festival held at Utah Valley University. Students from 20 high schools throughout Utah entered a digital media project in one of thirteen categories. Entries were judged on technical and artistic value.
In May 2014, students across the state of Utah competed in the annual Utah IT Challenge. This event was held in conjunction with the Microsoft IT Academy, a national program that provides industry-leading technology skills. Over 100 tests were taken with 40 MTA certifications awarded. Students—grades 9-12—took the challenge to compete among their peers and tested in any of the six Adobe certifications. Students also tested in TestOut, PC Pro, and Networking Pro certifications. Two students from Desert Hills High School, in Washington School District, received a perfect score.
Utah high school students have been recognized for their excellence in computer skills and technology at national competitions.
- FBLA National Leadership Conference
- SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference
- TSA National Leadership Conference
Utah's IT Education program received a Partnership Award for Excellence from the Computer Training Industry Association (CompTIA) for its work in the development of IT programs.
Career Preparation/Economic Development
Each program 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 postsecondary education.
In 2014, 4,572 students were awarded a CTE Skill Certificate in Information Technology, indicating a high level of performance. In addition, 35 IT industry certificates were earned.
State and Local Partnerships
Computer Science Teacher Association
Microsoft IT Academy
Utah Technology Council (UTC)
Women Tech Council
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 postsecondary education.