Information Technology and Network Systems
This pathway is open to students interested in careers as computer and information research scientists and system managers, computer network architects and support specialists, computer programmers, computer systems analyst, use support specialists and systems or database administrators. In addition to pathway courses and electives that earn college credits, the pathway offers four high school certifications and 12 Harper College certifications.
Moraine Valley/IT Partnership
Cybersecurity, which offers a growing number of careers across a variety of industries, is an expanding area of study for District 214. To help students be prepared as possible in this area, the District partners with Moraine Valley Community College to offer strategic college credits in cybersecurity.
The college partners with District 214 on two courses: Orientation to IT Professions and Security Awareness. Students can earn college credit in both courses. Additionally, District 214 has worked with Moraine Valley to offer a capstone apprenticeship program to students who complete the college’s coursework for the Network Security Specialist Certificate as well as on-the-job training as apprentices employed by District 214’s Technology Department.
Moraine Valley is home to the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance, and was among the first six community colleges in the nation to be recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence 2-Year, a top designation by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security, making it a valuable partner Honors, Advance Placement and Dual Credit courses are offered for District 214.
Work Based Learning Experiences in Information Tech and Network Systems
Student interns have completed a variety of tasks in the Information Technology and Network Systems field, including, but not limited to:
- Learn the different types of coding used in an IT environment
- Apply code and hardware to ensure smooth connectivity between network, servers and devices
- Assist in the configuration or troubleshooting of the various systems within an organization