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Career Technical Education

Virtual Preparatory Academy of Indiana at Madison-Grant invites students on a journey to explore Career Technical Education.

Career Technical Education, also referred to as CTE, integrates core academic learning with technical and occupational knowledge to prepare students for post secondary and future careers.

New for 2022-23, we will be offering students in grades 9-11 the opportunity for students to become CTE learners, where they can:

  • Establish goals for life beyond high school
  • Explore passion and interests that lead to college or career
  • Build real-world skills towards career, trade, and college

Within their CTE coursework, students will investigate professions of interest, and hear from real professionals in a variety of careers. In career courses, activities can include opportunities to explore career information and evaluate embedded soft skills to help students become aware of the skills they will need for the job.

Current Pathways:

Information Technology Operations – This pathway prepares students to support the processes and services administered by an organization’s Information Technology (IT) department to ensure all devices and technology systems are running smoothly.  This includes support for hardware and software. Every organization that uses computers has some form of IT operations.

Key Competencies

  • Students will have the opportunity to explore how computers can be used in a wide variety of settings.
  • Students will also have the opportunity to utilize basic programming skills to develop scripts designed to solve problems.
  • Students will gain the necessary competencies required for an entry-level Information Technology professional.
  • Students will understand fundamental concepts in networking and cybersecurity, including the technologies used and techniques involved in creating a secure computer networking environment.

Industry Certifications

This will also prepare students for the Python and/or CompTia A+ Certification

What types of jobs are in IT Operations?

  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Information Security Analyst

 

Digital Design – Careers in Digital Design combine technology and imagination to create media meant to be viewed on a screen or digital interface. This includes those occupations that use visual art, digital media, and Web-based tools and materials as the primary means of communication and expression.

Digital Design can be considered the next evolution of graphic design.

Key Competencies

  • Students will have the opportunity to apply the design theory through an understanding of basic photographic theory and technique.
  • Students will be introduced to a full range of image input technology and manipulation including conventional photography, digital imaging, and computer scanners.
  • Students will further develop advanced camera skills and photographic vision. Students will also learn the basics of planning, shooting, editing and post-producing video and sound.
  • Students will learn the design process and the proper and creative use of type as a means to develop effective communications for global, corporate and social application.
  • Student will gain the tools, strategies, and techniques for interactive design and emerging technologies, like web and social media. Students will learn the basics of planning, shooting, editing and post-producing video and sound.

What types of jobs are in Digital Design?

  • Animator
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Web designer
  • App designer
  • User experience (UX) or user interface (UI) designer
  • Interaction designer
  • Product designer

 

Career Technical Education (CTE) prepares learners for the real world. CTE provides students the ability to explore careers, gain real-world skills, and find a path to a career they are passionate about. CTE students often achieve higher graduation rates, attend school more frequently, become more engaged in the bigger picture and deepen ties to the greater good.

Learn more about our CTE program today!

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