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Information Technology - Coursework and Careers

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IT careers involve the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services. The IT industry is a dynamic and entrepreneurial working environment that has a revolutionary impact on the economy and society. In addition to careers in the IT industry, IT careers are available in every sector of the economy from Financial Services to Medical Services, from Business to Engineering and Environmental Services.

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Career Pathways Career Choices Tips for Successful Planning
  • Network Systems
  • Information Support & Services
  • Web & Digital Communication
  • Health, Safety & Environmental Assurance
  • Programming & Software Development
  • Software Engineer
  • Network Administrator
  • Web/Designer Developer
  • Database Manager
  • Multimedia Producer
  • Take placement testing at MCC in March/April of Junior year.
  • Take ACT/SAT in spring semester of junior year of high school.
  • Meet annually with high school guidance counselor or MCC academic advisor or call (815) 479-7565.

 

Suggested Coursework

Grade English/
Language Arts
Mathematics Science Social Science Career Related
Electives
Fresh.
  • English I
  • Honors English I
  • Algebra I
  • Honors Algebra I
  • Honors Geometry
  • Biology
  • Honors Biology
  • Issues of the 21st Century
  • AP Human Geography
  • World Language I
  • Intro to Business
  • Computer Literacy
  • Graphics
  • Art & Design I & II
  • Honors Intro to Engineering & Design
  • Drawing & Painting I & II
  • Ceramics & Sculpture I & II
  • Photography I 
  • Photography II
Soph.
  • English II
  • Honors English II
  • Geometry
  • Honors Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Earth Science
  • Chemistry
  • Honors Chemistry
  • AP Physics I
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Foundations of Ancient Empires
  • Development of the Modern World
  • AP World History
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language II
  • Business Mgmt.
  • Accounting I
  • Web Fundamentals
  • Independent Studio
  • Graphics Occupations I
  • Honors Principles of Engineering
Jr.
  • English III
  • Honors American Studies - English
  • AP Lang. & Comp.
  • Algebra II
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Honors Pre-Calculus
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • College Algebra with Trigonometry
  • Action Chemistry
  • Action Physics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Physics
  • Forensics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics II
  • US History
  • Honors American Studies - US History
  • AP US History
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language III
  • Accounting II
  • Graphics Occupations II
  • Honors Engineering Design & Development
Sr.
  • English IV + ½ Eng. Elective
  • Honors Cultural Studies - Eng.
  • AP Lit. & Comp.
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • Transition to College Math
  • AP Statistics
Any of the above
  • Govt. & Citizenship
  • AP Govt. & Comp. Govt.
  • Honors Cultural Studies - Govt.
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language IV
  • AP World Language
  • Seminar in Industrial Tech

 

Career Planning

Type of Degree Degree Names

Certificate

Career and Technical Education Certificates

Associate's

Career and Technical Education Associate Degrees

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees are designed to prepare students for immediate employment.

Transfer Associate Degrees

Transfer degrees are designed to provide students with a strong general education foundation and prerequisite coursework for continued study at a four-year college or university.

 

Sample academic plans are provided for use by students who have decided on a major but not on an intended transfer school.

 

For students who have decided on a transfer school, transfer guides are provided, showing how courses apply to specific majors at many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities.

Bachelor's Information Technology

A few examples of baccalaureate majors related to this Career Cluster include the following:

  • Game Design and Development
  • Health Information Technology
  • Information Systems Technology
  • Management Information Systems
  • Web and Digital Media Development

There are many Illinois colleges and universities that offer programs related to these areas of study. To see a full list, please refer to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) website.