Information Technology

People working in information technology design, develop, support, and manage hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services.

Programs

Cisco & Cybersecurity

This two-year course provides a comprehensive skill set in computer hardware and operating systems, networking, and cybersecurity in preparation for college and careers in Information Technology (IT). Topics are offered on a rotating basis every other year. Academic instruction in NYS Common Core English language arts, mathematics, and science are integrated into the curriculum. Students can earn credits for English, math, and science.

Two students investigate the workings of a computer

Year A: Cisco IT Essentials (CompTIA A+, TestOut PC PRO), and NDG Linux Essentials (TestOut Linux Pro)

IT Essentials (CompTIA A+, TestOut PC PRO) covers the foundational computer and career skills required of all IT professionals. Hands-on labs and simulation tools provide the opportunity for students to learn installation, repair, configuration, security, and management of:

  • Computer Operating Systems
  • PC Hardware
  • PC Software
  • Basic Networking Devices
  • Mobile Devices

  • NDG Linux Essentials (TestOut Linux Pro) offers a skill set required by IT professionals working with the Linux operating system. The real-world job tasks include learning to manage hardware and software components, user and file management, system set-up, and proficiency with the Linux command line interface. Hands-on labs and simulation tools provide the opportunity for students to learn installation, repair, configuration, security, and management of:

  • Storage Devices
  • File Systems
  • Boot Configurations
  • Processes
  • Users and Groups
  • Network and Print

  • Students in Year A have an opportunity to earn:

  • Cisco ITEssentials Certificate
  • CompTIA IT Fundamentals+
  • CompTIA A+
  • TestOut PC Pro Certification
  • Cisco NDG Linux Essentials Certificate
  • Linux Essentials Professional Develop Certificate (PDC)
  • TestOut Linux PRO Certification
  • 3 College Credits at SUNY Ulster

  • Year B:
    CCENT - Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CompTIA Network+, TestOut Network Pro) and Introduction to Cybersecurity (Security+, TestOut Security Pro)

    The CCENT (CompTIA Network+, TestOut Network Pro) coursework prepares students with the skills used by IT network professionals to manage hardware and software networking components. Hands-on labs and simulation tools provide the opportunity for students to learn:

    • Network Device Configuration
    • Network Management
    • Network Security
    • Network Troubleshooting

    Introduction to Cybersecurity (Security+, TestOut Security Pro) provides a skill set needed by IT security professionals. Hands-on labs and simulation tools provide the opportunity for students to learn and manage:

    • Group Policy Objects
    • Access Control and Identity
    • Security Policies
    • Perimeter Defenses
    • Network Defenses
    • Cryptography
    • Audits

    Students in Year B have an opportunity to earn:

    • Cisco Routing and Switching: Intro to Networks Certificate
    • Cisco Routing and Switching: Routing & Switching Essentials Certificate
    • Cisco Certified Entry Level Technician Certification
    • CompTIA Network+
    • TestOut Network Pro Certification
    • Cisco Introduction to Cybersecurity Certificate
    • CompTIA Security+
    • TestOut Security Pro Certification
    • 3 College Credits at SUNY Ulster

    College Credit Opportunities:

    In their second year of the program, students can apply for six college credits through SUNY Ulster. Additionally, articulation agreements with Bryant and Stratton and Fulton Montgomery Community College allow attending students to apply for three credits. Further articulation agreements are always being pursued.

    Career Opportunities:

    IT Support

    • Help Desk Support Technician
    • Computer Technician
    • Technical Support Specialist

    IT Network and Systems

    • Network Technician
    • Network Administrator
    • Systems Administrator

    IT Security

    • Security Administrator
    • Security Specialist
    • Security Auditor

    Explore Our Classroom

    Digital Design

    Digital Design and Programming is a course that teaches skills for in-demand tech industry jobs. The course focuses on creativity in design, computational thinking concepts, and problem solving through a project-driven curriculum that gives students advanced digital design experience. Students leave the two-year program with foundational computer programming and web design skills, knowledge of the digital design industry, an understanding of the impact of computers on society, and strategies for digital project management. This course has two interconnected areas of study. Each topic is offered on a rotating basis every other year. Course materials build upon one another to build a comprehensive set of Digital Design skills.


    Year A: Game Design

    Game Design is a powerful academic discipline that allows students to engage core computer science principles through interdisciplinary team-based problem solving. Students will discover the underlying structure to games and how game design uses algorithms, physics, storytelling, user interface design, and interactivity to create immersive and complex environments. Students will work with pseudo-code in Clickteam Fusion and AppInventor, as well as fully programmable game development applications. The skills they learn will allow them to construct creative and innovative games, as well as advance their programming skills in Python, JavaScript, and processing, while exploring the social, cultural, and economic impact of games and interactive environments.

    Student tests a game prototype


    Year B: Web Design

    Students will create interactive websites from scratch using HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and jQuery. They will understand web development from a graphic design standpoint as well as the underlying code. Students will use contemporary web standards and will have experience with basic FTP, web hosting, and Google Analytics, as well as Dreamweaver and content management systems such as WordPress. This course will also explore innovative digital interaction through mobile application development and Arduino electronics.

    Student edits video clips using Final Cut Pro

    Academics & Certificates:

    Academic instruction in NYS Common Core English language arts, mathematics, and science is integrated into the curriculum. Students can earn credits for English, math, and science.

    College Credit Opportunities:

    Articulation agreements are currently being pursued for this new program.