Information Technology is for students who enjoy video games, computers, mobile devices, and the Internet. It is also for students interested in pursuing careers in Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics, Programming, and Computer Science. If you are into fixing and upgrading computers, creating and modifying code, or cracking passwords and encrypted files, Information Technology is for you. This program also offers the opportunity to earn college credit for some courses. Marlington students can begin taking Information Technology courses at any point (9-12) during high school, while Alliance High School students undertake a two year (11-12) program.


This first course in the IT career field is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of computer concepts and essential skills necessary for work and communication in today’s society. Students will learn safety, security, and ethical issues in computing and social networking. Students will also learn about input/output systems, computer hardware and operating systems, and office applications.


Students will learn to install, repair, and troubleshoot computer hardware systems. They will perform preventative maintenance practices and learn techniques for maintaining computer hardware security. Communication skills and professionalism in troubleshooting situations will be emphasized.

Skills Necessary for Success

  • Ability to carry out detailed tasks

  • Follow multi-part directions

  • Organizational skills

  • Ability to visualize completed projects

  • Reading comprehension

  • Ability to break down a problem and systematically check each part until a solution is found

  • Technology skills

  • Ability to apply math skills

  • Keyboarding skills

  • Creative thinking


Students will apply knowledge and skills of commercial and open source operating systems in portable, stand alone, and networked devices. Students will install a variety of operating systems manually and using remote assistance. They will learn to configure, modify, and troubleshoot operating systems. Desktop virtualization, system security, and operating system history will be addressed.


Students will learn the components of cybersecurity and the role each plays in preventing, detecting and mitigating vulnerabilities and attacks. Components include the security of the network infrastructure, security of the systems, and the prevention, detection, and mitigation of common vulnerabilities and attacks. Throughout this course, students will examine and implement security safeguards for desktop, network, and application security.