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Computer IT - Networking & Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand across a number of different industries. These individuals have the option of specializing in certain areas including information technology or IT, ethical hacking, information defense, information assurance, risk manager, network protection, and more.

Students in Networking and Cybersecurity will set up computer networks and prepare for various computer technician certifications. Special emphasis is also placed on the latest cybersecurity protocols and the prevention of computer hacking. Students should be creative and adept, as they will work to understand networking concepts and cybersecurity strategies. Second-year students will be encouraged to find an internship for the second half of the school year.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in multiple cybersecurity competitions and take industry-related field trips. Industry professionals also visit the classroom throughout the year to share their insights and experiences related to this type of career.

Not sure if you are a good fit for this program? Each program has a list of recommendations to follow when placing students in classes called "SUCCESS INDICATORS". Students do best when their characteristics align with these recommendations.

Success Indicators for all programs

Potential Jobs

  • IT Management
  • Computer User Support Specialist
  • Network Architect
  • Network Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Security Engineer

Potential Careers with Income

Career Credentials & Certifications

First year students:

  • TestOut ITF Pro

  • TestOut Network Pro

  • CompTIA ITF+

  • CompTIA Network+

Second year students:

  • TestOut Security Pro
  • CompTIA Security+
  • TestOut: Ethical Hacker, CyberDefense (if student has completed TestOut Security Pro)

Students enrolled in this program are eligible to take classes at Jackson College while remaining a high school student through the Jackson County Early College (JCEC). Students commit to a 13th year of high school and can complete a degree or certification that transfers to major universities at little-to-no additional cost. Students must commit by October of their junior year to be a part of the JCEC.

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