Information Technology

Information Technology

Leading the Way in Technology

Do you love technology and want to hone your skills? Information Technology is a leading field in today’s changing world. Whether you want to build websites or play an IT support role for an organization, you can get training and earn certifications in an array of Microsoft programs. Go deeper and learn advanced topics including programming and web development. Find out how you can be a part of technology's advances in Information Technology.

The IT Academy offers training and certification as a Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification. You can earn a MTA certification in Python Programming as well as web design programming languages HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. OSPI has also partnered with CCI Learning Solutions to provide free certification testing for students.

Career options & salary range

Software developer, database administrator, computer engineer, systems analyst, web developer, IT support, computer programmer, game developer, and more

Skills learned

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of computer science
  • Learn to think critically and troubleshoot
  • Master programs and earn certifications
Grade
9

You can enroll in this program in any grade. See your counselor for more details.

Your Contact

Program of Study Lead

Myles Blakney

Computer Science

509-972-5978

blakneym@wvsd208.org

  • Pathways

  • Out of high school

    Since computer science is a growing and ever-changing field, some jobs simply require that you have the skills. Many entry-level positions can be filled by students who have completed a high school course in computer science. There are also entry-level positions for those certified as a Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA), which can be earned here at West Valley High School.

  • Two-year options

    Get your associate’s degree in mechanical engineering, information technology, electrical engineering, computer engineering, or more. Many employers prefer candidates with an AA who have both training and experience.

  • Four-year options

    Get a degree in a Computer Science or Information Technology and become a mobile app developer, web developer, systems architect, game developer, and more.

Program requirements
Computer Science 101 .5
Web Design 101 .5
Web Design 102 .5
Visual Communication Careers .5
2.0 credit(s)

College credit earned

Certifications & training

  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • Google Educator Certified
  • Dell Certified Technician
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification in HTML & CSS

Courses

Computer Science 101 ‐ 0.5 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ One semester

Prerequisite ‐ None

Fees and Costs ‐ None

Course Overview

Computer Science Principles (CSP) curriculum is an entry-level course that introduces high school students to the foundations of modern computing. The course covers a broad range of foundational topics such as History of computers, programming, algorithms, the Internet, data, digital privacy and security, exploration of new technology, and the societal impacts of computing. Course will focus on preparing students to pass the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification in Python programming.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Washington State Computer Science standards
  • Industry standard certification

Web Design 101 ‐ 0.5 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ One semester

Prerequisite ‐ None

Fees and Costs ‐ None

Course Overview

The Web Design course at West Valley High School is a project-based course intended to introduce the design, creation, and maintenance of web pages and web sites. Students will learn how to critically evaluate website quality, they will learn about web standards, and they will learn how to create and maintain quality web pages. Course will focus on preparing students to pass the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification in HTML & CSS.

*This course will fulfill Fine Arts graduation requirement for High School, but may not count as Fine Arts requirement for college entrance.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Understand and apply basic design principles
  • Practice proper research and communication while working on a client website
  • Practice resource and time management and collaboration for a website project
  • Demonstrate proper use of web authoring tools

Web Design 102 ‐ 0.5 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ One Semester

Prerequisite ‐ Web Design 101

Fees and Costs ‐ None

Course Overview

In this Web Design course, students will use a variety of industry standard web design software to plan, organize, create, publish, and manage a professional website.

You will continue to learn and improve your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills. If you have not achieved the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exam for HTML & CSS you will continue working toward that goal. In this Web Design course, students will use a variety of design software to organize, create, publish, and manage a website. You will Plan, layout, effective navigation and delve into the design process as you construct a “Special Interest” Website.

You will continue to learn and improve your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills. If you have not achieved the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exam for HTML & CSS you will continue working toward that goal.

Students that have completed the MTA certification will be free to peruse other programming certification offered by Microsoft or Adobe.

Programming certification offered by Microsoft or Adobe.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Understand and apply basic design principles
  • Practice proper research and communication while working on a client website
  • Practice resource and time management and collaboration for a website project
  • Demonstrate proper use of web authoring tools
  • Learn Flash Animation skills and HTML/XML skills to enhance a website
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach web development skills

Visual Communication Careers ‐ 0.5 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ One semester

Prerequisite ‐ Photography 101 or Multimedia 101

Fees and Costs ‐ None

Course Overview

In this course, you will explore the many different career opportunities in the visual communication field. Visual communication design focuses on graphic design and communication skills using the Adobe media tools.

Graphic designers, photographers, advertising designers, art directors, and visual artists all utilize various forms of visual media to communicate their ideas to their desired audiences. Modern visual communicators know how to use various types of visual technology to create artistic images that communicate with the public.

Student Learning Objectives