• Project Lead the Way 

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    Classes in the Information Technology Academy are certified courses by Project Lead The Way, 
    a nationally recognized program. The national affiliate for Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is 
    Rochester Institute of Technology and our North Carolina affiliate is Duke University. 
    PLTW Computer Science ™ engages high school students in computational thinking through 
    activity, project, problem-based learning and gets them excited about the possibilities in 
    careers that use computing. The Information Technology Academy’s faculty are all certified 
    instructors of Project Lead The Way.

    Southeast's Project Lead The Way
    Computer Science Pathway


    • Networking and Cybersecurity Courses
      • “Cisco knows networks”-Cisco is the world’s leading network technology company. Cisco provide schools with computer and networking courses that use simulation, gaming, and hands-on practice to teach the latest skills. Course work can lead to Cisco certifications. Society’s rapidly increasing dependence upon technology in all forms drives for a robust and nimble security network. Professionals in dynamic filed of cybersecurity maintain systems targeted by adversaries, track cyber criminals and effectively deploy information security tools. We are excited to offer our new Cybersecurity program within the IT Academy, beginning 2016-2017, with a cohort of entering freshmen.
    • Cisco Network Engineering I (NET I)
      • NET I provides an introduction to networking concepts. Students develop an initial understanding of network design, addressing and equipment. Further understanding is accomplished through the use of software simulation tools and hands-on labs with real Cisco equipment.
    • Cisco Network Engineering II (NET II)
      • NET II helps students develop a working knowledge of routing, switching, network applications, protocols, and services. Students practice what they learn on real equipment and use the Cisco Packet Tracer simulation tool.
    • Cisco CCNA Security
      • The CCNA Security curriculum prepares students to design, implement, and support security for networked devices. Students develop a working knowledge of network security principals, tools, and configurations by practicing on real equipment and using the Cisco Packet Tracer simulation tool. After completion, students are prepared to take the CCNA Security certification exam.
    • Computer Science Principles
      • Using Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. While this course can be a student’s first in computer science, students without prior computing experience are encouraged to start with Introduction to Computer Science. Computer Science Principles helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation. The course curriculum is a College Board-approved implementation of AP CS Principles. 
    • Computer Science A
      • Computer Science A focuses on further developing computational thinking skills through the medium of AndroidTM App development for mobile platforms. The course utilizes industry-standard tools such as Android Studio, JavaTM programming language, XML, and device emulators. Students collaborate to create original solutions to problems of their own choosing by designing and implementing user interfaces and Web-based databases. This course aligns with the AP CS A course. 
    • Cybersecurity 
      • Cybersecurity introduces the tools and concepts of cybersecurity and encourages students to create solutions that allow people to share computing resources while protecting privacy. Nationally, computational resources are vulnerable and frequently attacked; in Cybersecurity, students solve problems by understanding and closing these vulnerabilities. This course raises students’ knowledge of and commitment to ethical computing behavior. It also aims to develop students’ skills as consumers, friends, citizens, and employees who can effectively contribute to communities with a dependable cyber-infrastructure that moves and processes information