Information Technology

InfoTech-bigInformation technology careers are available in every sector of the economy. Careers in IT involve the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services. The information technology industry is a dynamic and entrepreneurial field that continues to have a revolutionary impact on the economy and on the world.

This career cluster is organized into four career pathways:

  • Information support and services
  • Interactive media
  • Network systems
  • Programming and software development

OSPI is a program member of the Microsoft IT Academy. Learn more about the program and implementation initiative on the Microsoft IT Academy Webpage.



(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course promotes the development of the skills needed today and in the future in the world of journalism and video production. Topics include exploring the role of media and the communications industry in society, developing the technical skills related to journalistic writing and interviewing, digital storytelling, and understanding the ethical and legal issues related to the field. This class is required in the eCommunications pathway.


(Gr 9, 10) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course introduces students to the skills needed to be employable and successful in the workplace. The course also allows students to explore different career areas. Students examine current events to determine their impact on business and industry and legal and ethical behavior, acquire knowledge of safe and secure environmental controls to enhance productivity, and determine how resources should be managed to achieve company goals. As students learn about different types of business ownership, they interpret industry laws and regulations to ensure compliance, identify principles of business management, and analyze business practices to determine ethics and social responsibilities.


(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, 1⁄2 credit)

This course allows students to create images using Photoshop and other computer graphic programs. Students will write and illustrate their own children’s books. Students will also create prints using linoleum and other traditional printmaking techniques. This course may be repeated for credit.


(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

The course provides a basic understanding of the graphic design process using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, professional graphic design software. Topics include analyzing design elements and principles and learning composition techniques to develop a quality product for personal use, school use, and community use.


(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course emphasizes the elements of art and the principles of design. Students draw, paint, create collages and use many experimental processes. This course is highly recommended for college-bound students.



(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course explores the personal characteristics and resources needed to start and run a small business profitably. Instruction includes the basics of planning, organizing, financing, starting, operating, and managing a small business in the free enterprise system. Students complete a business simulation, develop and run a business. This course is articulated through Butler Community College.


(Gr 9-11) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course covers topics that include: e-mail and other forms of online communication, Internet research skills, legal/ethical issues and e-commerce. Students also learn WordPress, HTML and basic web page design principles.


(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Internet Communications I

This course allows students to practice HTML, WordPress skills while creating/maintaining the EHS website. This course may be repeated for credit.


(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

In this course, students study drawing techniques, such as figure drawing, portraits, landscapes, perspective, abstract, etc. Students also study color, design, form and composition. Students try drawing, painting, various kinds of printmaking, collage, and work on individual and group projects.  


(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course is designed for those interested in developing skills and competencies needed for careers in marketing, merchandising, and management. Students will cover such topics as advertising, promotions, product development, marketing research, selling, human relations and career explorations. This course is articulated through Butler Community College.



(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Geometry

This course teaches students how to plan and create interactive Windows application programs. Students learn the basics of the programming language Visual Basic to construct computer programs that are applicable to today’s business world. Students work through the easy-to-follow textbook and complete challenging problems and projects. After completing the basics of this programming language, each student completes a project and presents it to the class for use as time allows.


(Gr 9-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course is a study of computer-aided drafting, mechanical and architectural drafting, design and problem-solving.


Students in the CPD program develop object-oriented, event-driven visual programming solutions that meet the needs of current business and industry standards. Areas of focus include programming languages such as Visual Basic.NET, C++ and Java; database applications/query language using Access and SQL; and website/page development incorporating XHTML and Dreamweaver, Flash and Fireworks. A Gaming Research course is also included to help students learn about the gaming industry and what it takes to be a gaming programmer.

Open to seniors.


Students in the Interactive Multimedia Design program are exposed to a wide variety of training in various areas of producing interactive digital content including video production, animation, content for the Internet and digital media for electronic devices/platforms. Students will interact in a cross-platform, hands-on environment and be involved from concept through project completion.

Open to seniors.

NETWORK TECHNOLOGY   (FHTC300_22 and FHTC300_23)**

Network Technology students develop professional skills that prepare them for immediate employment in the field of computer network support and administration. To develop these skills, students will install, configure, and troubleshoot computer networks using industry standard hardware and software; and manage, maintain and secure common network services using industry standard network operating systems and protocols. Students also prepare to take the Comp TIA A+, Comp TIA Network+, Comp TIA Security+, Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPI Level 1), Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), Certified Novell Administrator (CAN) and Cisco Certified Network Associates (CCNA) certification exams.

Open to seniors.


Students in information technology learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs.

CTE classes in this cluster will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers including:

  • Web designer or webmaster
  • Network administrator or technician
  • Telecommunications technician
  • Data communications analyst
  • Security or database administrator
  • Application integrator
  • Computer or game programmer
  • Software applications architect
  • 3D animator
  • Virtual reality specialist
  • Graphic artist
  • Help desk specialist
  • Technical writer