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Information Technology

Overview

The Information Technology Academy is a competency based training program designed to assure graduating students have demonstrated knowledge and skills essential to the development, implementation, and use of computer hardware, software, services, and infrastructure. The Information Technology Academy will help prepare students to enter the Information Technology field in positions such as application developer, computer programmer, database administrator, network administrator, security specialist, web developer, software engineer, IT support specialist, etc. The combination of skills gained through this academy is highly transferrable to technical jobs in many industry sectors.

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Job Outlook

Information Technology Job Outlook: Computer Network Support Specialists
Information Technology Job Outlook: Web Developers
Information Technology Job Outlook: Network & Computer Systems Administrator

REQUIRED COURSES:

  • Introduction to Computer Technology
  • Computer Applications
  • Keyboarding/Word Processing I
  • Robotics
  • Work Seminar
  • Real World Experience

Coming Soon:
Application,Web Design and Coding

RECOMMENDED COURSES:

  • College Problem Solving & Computer Science
  • College Introduction to Business
  • Technical Writing
  • Basic Accounting
  • Civil & Criminal Law
  • Keyboarding/Word Processing II
  • Drafting l through CAD
  • College Financial Information for Life
  • Electricity & Electronics
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Career Options

Network/Computer Systems Administrator
Description: Install, configure, and support an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and perform necessary maintenance to support network availability
Average Pay: $32- 48./hour

Software Developer
Description: Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications.
Average Pay: $41-62/hour

Computer Systems Analysts
Description: Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations.
Average Pay: $34-53/hour

Job Skills:

  • Listening skills
  • Effective communication
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Time management
  • Honesty and Integrity

WORK SEMINAR

Work Seminar is an on-campus business course used in conjunction with Internship and Work-Based Learning experiences. Students interested in obtaining high school credit through Interning should register for Work Seminar. This course gives students the opportunity to explore various careers and build essential foundational skills in the areas of problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking. Aptitude and personality analysis are explored along with work safety, resume building, interview preparation, and budgeting. Soft skills taught throughout the course include: responsibility at the workplace, taking initiative, reliability, workplace ethics, and communication skills.

POST SECONDARY PROGRAMS

Available through Northwest Technical College, Alexandria Technical College, Northland Community College. Upon completion of each of the pyramid levels of Mechatronics training, the trainees are eligible for certificates of completion from the Minnesota Innovative Institute.

BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE/PARTNERS

Lynn Falk- School-to-work

Lynn Falk is a graduate of Walker-Hackensack High School. Her bachelor's and master's degrees are from Bemidji State University, with additional graduate work from the University of North Dakota, She teaches the Work Seminar course, a component of all Bemidji Career Academies, and coordinates job shadowing, internship, and work-based learning experiences. Lynn also teaches in the Business Administration Department at BHS. She previously served as assistant professor and workshop director at BSU, where she occasionally teaches as an adjunct instructor.