Courses for VCHS students

This first course in the IT career field is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of computer concepts and essential skills necessary for work and communication in today's society. Students will learn safety, security, and ethical issues in computing and social networking. Students will also learn about input/output systems, computer hardware and operating systems, and office applications.

Students will learn to create applications for mobile devices using a variety of commercial and open source software. They will install these applications, modify them, and develop customer service skills to handle user issues. Knowledge and skills related to customer service in professional offices, small businesses, departments, work groups, and corporate information services will be addressed.

Students will learn to install, repair, and troubleshoot computer hardware systems. They will perform preventative maintenance practices and learn techniques for maintaining computer hardware security. Communication skills and professionalism in troubleshooting situations will be emphasized.

Learners apply fundamental principles of IT, including the history of IT and its impact on society, common industry terms, systems theory, information storage and retrieval, database management, and computer hardware, software, and peripheral device configuration and installation. This base of knowledge and skills may be applied across the career field.

This course will address securing networks and operating systems. Students will learn to secure network communications, computer hardware, and network software. Topics included are network security theory, cryptography, security architecture, firewalls, VPNs, IP Security, and methods of protection.

Student will learn the functions, characteristics, and operations of routers and switches. Students will learn about wireless network standards, components, and the role that routers play in enabling communications across multiple networks. Students will troubleshoot the routing process. Students will examine the use of Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) to create logically separate networks.