Computer IT and Game Design
The Computer IT and Game Design program falls under the Information Technology career cluster and focuses on building links in IT occupations for entry level technical and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services. Examples of careers from this program of study are: Programming/Software Engineer, Business Analyst, Computer Engineer, Data Modeler, Design Engineer, Technician, User Support Specialist, Telecommunications Network Technician, Cyber Security, Security Analyst, PC Support Specialist.
The IT program is comprised of two major components; Programming and Networking. The programming or game design element of the pathway uses the Java Script as its language base. Students design both animations and interactive programs by using 3-D and 2-D characters using drag-and-drop commands to make them interact. Students learn to work individually and collaboratively in design teams on project based learning experiences. The AP Computer Science course completes the programming element. The other component of the program addresses Cisco networking and the fundamentals of cyber security and digital forensics. Students learn the fundamentals of networking providing them with training to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network including basic network security using the Cisco certified curriculum. Students will demonstrate the skills required for entry-level network support positions which is the starting point for many successful careers in networking and cyber security.
Students can earn the following credentials:
- Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT)
- Computer Science AP credit
- 3 URI College Credits in Fundamentals of Cyber-Security
- National Occupational Competency Testing Institute:
- Computer Technology Certification
Suggested Elective Courses: Snap, Python, CAD, Engineering Design, Robotics, Architectural Design
For a more comprehensive list of careers go to: careertech.org/sites/default/files/CCFrame-IT.pdf