Information Technology (IT)

Studying information technology (IT) is a great opportunity to break into the lucrative tech world. With IT career prospects including network support, software development, network engineering, IT management, and more, there are endless opportunities. K12 Private Academy’s Stride Career Prep career field offers exciting possibilities for those looking to get a head start in high school.

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Information Technology Career Classes for High School Students

Those with an interest in technology and problem solving can turn their passions into careers by taking high school IT classes at K12 Private Academy. Most businesses would benefit from IT teams, anywhere from small businesses to larger corporations, in the medical field or for the government. Students with these skills can open many doors for themselves.

Students can get a head start in their IT career through a variety of Stride Career Prep online elective courses. The available pathways include:

Cybersecurity Career Pathway

Your student could play a part in the protection of company data or government security with a career in this field. Students can take these cybersecurity courses and learn how to handle the cyber threats of the future while enhancing security for corporations and government entities.

Cybersecurity professionals work in a variety of organizations from the government to banks to tech companies. They could investigate cybercrimes, protect sensitive national intelligence and military assets, or safeguard the privacy and security of company data. Students explore the fundamentals of cybersecurity through these elective courses.

Enrolled students:

  • Learn to use digital technology efficiently and effectively
  • Discover the building blocks of modern network design
  • Learn to protect privacy and prevent security incidents and data breaches

Game Design Career Pathway

Turn a passion into a profession with this career pathway. These unique courses teach students how to develop a story, create visually stunning graphics, write game code, find and fix bugs, and launch a game. This pathway can help students level up their skills and pursue a career in video game design, computer programming, computer and information systems management, or software development.

Enrolled students:

  • Learn the skills to develop video games through coding and design
  • Explore the building blocks of game design and programming
  • Understand computer programming languages and their relation to design

Networking Systems Career Pathway

Students with a natural affinity for problem solving, a fondness for technology, and a passion for taking things apart to discover how they work might find enjoyment in networking systems. The courses in this career pathway put students on the fast track to a profession in computer network architecture, network engineering, and more.

Computer networking has many entry points into the field and opportunities for promotion. Students learn how to transfer data securely, maintain software and hardware, analyze problems, and develop solutions.

Enrolled students:

  • Learn the basic elements of computer networks and their functions
  • Explore how computers communicate and work together in a system
  • Gain experience in diagnosing and analyzing computer issues

Computer Programming Career Pathway

If your high school student has an eye for designing websites and software, a career in computer programming may be a good fit for them. This K12 Private Academy career pathway helps students combine their creative and technical skills as they learn to code. This knowledge keeps them on track to find employment in software development, web development, and more.

Programmers and software developers work across industries for businesses like big tech companies, startups developing innovative software, healthcare corporations, government agencies, and more.

Enrolled students:

  • Learn fundamental coding languages such as JAVA, HTML3, and CSS3
  • Understand algorithms and theories behind computer systems
  • Gain experience in developing programs and applications

Web and Digital Communications Career Pathway

With the web and digital communications pathway, students discover how to design and develop interactive multimedia products and services, often in the form of websites. Students learn how to design visually appealing websites that are effective communication tools.

Students looking to jump-start their careers as web developers or graphic designers can find value in these courses. With the foundation they build, they can freelance or work for agencies and companies that employ a full-time team of web developers.

Enrolled students:

  • Explore the fundamentals of web design
  • Understand the building blocks of website design and software
  • Learn to use digital technology efficiently and effectively

What could my future look like in this career field?*


*Data is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated frequently.

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Get Started with Stride Career Prep

Information technology includes a number of careers: video game designers, cybersecurity professionals, computer programmers, web designers, networking systems administrators, and graphic designers. With a huge collection of employment opportunities, these high school career courses can open the door for your student to their future.

*Opportunities vary by school; please visit your school page or check with your school counselor.

**Timing for sufficient exam preparation, necessary prerequisites, and exam fees vary per specific certification. Students should check with their school counselor for details on exam fee coverage opportunities.

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