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Program Description

The ITnet (formerly Computer Networking) program utilizes the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum to prepare students for exciting careers in Information Technology, commonly referred to as IT. Students will have access to expert, educational IT content and to a rich learning experience through online media. Engaging activities include animated simulations, videos, and interactive quizzes, along with valuable hands-on lab exercises for real world experience.

Students in ITnet receive exposure to many different career areas including:

IT Essentials: The Cisco Networking Academy’s IT Essentials course gives students basic computer repair knowledge and skills, which prepares them for the CompTIA A+ industry certification and entry-level computer support careers.

CCNA v7: To prepare students for entry-level networking careers, we utilize the Cisco Networking Academy Introduction to Networks course. This course gives students a basic understanding of how networks operate and how to build simple local area networks (LAN), perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement Internet Protocol (IP).

PROGRAMMING AP Computer Science Principles: This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of computer science.

Python and C++:
Students will learn the fundamentals of coding, using the Python and C++ programming languages. This gives them a start towards entry-level programming careers.

IoT Fundamentals: The Cisco Networking Academy Connecting Things course focuses on identifying, designing, prototyping, and presenting an IoT solution that securely solves a current business or social problem.

CCNA Cybersecurity Operations: This course provides an introduction to the knowledge and skills needed for a Security Analyst working with a Security Operations Center team. It includes core security skills for monitoring, detecting, investigating, analyzing and responding to security events, thus protecting systems and organizations from cybersecurity risks, threats, and vulnerabilities.

The more certifications an individual earns, the more marketable they become in the industry. Our program offers a great jump-start to a future in IT as well as preparing students for entry-level positions upon graduation. 

Computer Service and Repair
Second year ITnet (formerly Computer Networking) students offer computer service and repair to the community for a donation. This is a unique opportunity for students gain real world experience. See our flyer for more information.

Related Professions

Computer Support Specialist
Network and Computer Systems Administrator
Computer Systems Analyst
Information Security Analyst
Computer Network Architect
Computer Programmer
Software Developer



Possible Certifications

CompTIA A+
Cisco CCNA


Mott Community College 
Baker College

2020-21 Accomplishments
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
ITnet student, Randy Graham, an Almont Senior, competed at the State BPA competition on March 20th. He took 1st place in C++ Programming and will participate at the National level in April.
ITnet students competed in BPA (Business Professionals of America) regional competition, which was held virtually January 4th through the 13th.  The top 6 students in each event qualify to move on to the state competition.  We have several students that placed in the top 6.  Here are our results:

C++ Programming - 1st Place - Randy Graham, Almont Senior
Computer Network Technology - 3rd Place - Trey Trevithick, Almont Senior
Computer Network Technology - 5th Place - Brendon West, Lapeer Senior
Computer Programming Concepts - 4th Place - Randy Graham, Almont Senior
Information Technology Concepts - 3rd Place - Matteus Karwowski, Imlay City Senior
Linux Operating System Fundamentals - 5th Place - Ethan Hancock, Imlay City Junior
Network Administration using Cisco - 4th Place - Laurence Bautista, Lapeer Junior


IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software course information


Cisco Networking Academy Website 

CompTIA A+ Industry Certification information

Cisco Industry Certification Information

Testing for Cisco and CompTIA Certifications


Teacher: Kelly Ross
(810) 664-1124 ext. 4141
Paraprofessional: Terri West
(810) 664-1124 ext. 4161

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