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Information and Communication Technologies Sector

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have expanded the need for employees who can understand, manage, and support all rapidly emerging, evolving, and converging computer, software, networking, telecommunications, Internet, programming, and information systems. Essential skills for careers in the ICT sector include understanding systems that support the management and flow of data, the ability to work well and communicate clearly with people, and the ability to manage projects efficiently. The ICT sector meets national criteria for high demand, high wages, and high skills and provides students with excellent opportunities for interesting work and good pay. More than 70 percent of jobs in this sector will require a bachelor’s degree or higher by 2018.


Software and Systems Development Pathway

Students in the Software and Systems Development pathway prepare for careers related to computer science that involve the design, development, implementation, maintenance, and management of systems that rely on software programs to satisfy the operational needs of modern business organizations. Persons with expertise in systems development and programming are critical to support operations like electronic commerce, medical records management, retail sales and inventory management, digital entertainment, and use of energy.



Computer Applications



AP Computer Science Principles



Business Entrepreneurship


Computer Applications
Computer Applications is designed to introduce students to the latest technologies and software applications. Students will learn applications that explore keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawing, painting, music, basic graphics, multimedia, web design, movie and basic computer programming. Industry speakers will be included in the classroom.
AP Computer Science Principles
The AP Computer Science Principles course is designed to be equivalent to a first-semester introductory college computing course. In this course, students will develop computational thinking vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends. The course is unique in its focus on fostering student creativity. Students are encouraged to apply creative processes when developing computational artifacts and to think creatively while using computer software and other technology to explore questions that interest them. They will also develop effective communication and collaboration skills, working individually and collaboratively to solve problems, and discussing and writing about importance of these problems and impacts to their community, society, and world.
Business Entrepreneurship
Business through entrepreneurship is a project-based course where students analyze and develop a small business. Students will focus on four goals. They will learn the significance of math, reading, writing, and communicating to their future within the framework of starting and operating a small business. Students will understand how the market economy and ownership leads to wealth creation. Students learn not only the skills necessary to become entrepreneurs but also the attitudes, characteristic, and techniques in successful entrepreneurs that they will need to succeed. Finally, learn to be able to save and make future investments in order to meet their financial goals in life. Students will learn to build analytical skills through solving complex problems and making sound decisions in order to produce a viable business. Through the study of entrepreneurship, students will learn the importance of the role of entrepreneurship in the market economy, opportunity recognition, communicate in business, ethical business behavior, social responsibility, competitive advantage and sustainability, market research and cost/benefit analysis, advertise and market products, business financials including pricing, operating costs, and projections. As students create their business plan, they will integrate academic knowledge to their own ventures, thus putting theory into practice.

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Software and Systems Development

Systems Diagnostics, Service, and Repair

Entry Level Careers

(with high school diploma)

Software Applications Support
Software Technician

Technical Level Careers

(with AA or AS degree or certificate)

Software Applications Reporting Software Documentation Specialist

Professional Level Careers

(with Bachelor’s Degree
or Higher)

Chief Software Architect
Computer Software/ Hardware Engineer Manager of Software Development Operating Systems Designer
Software Architect


California Department of Education CTE Standards for Information and Communication Technologies

California Career Cafe

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