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Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have expanded the need for employees who can understand, manage, and support all rapidly emerging, evolving, and converging computer, software, networking, telecommunications, Internet, programming, and information systems. Essential skills for careers in the ICT sector include understanding systems that support the management and flow of data, the ability to work well and communicate clearly with people, and the ability to manage projects efficiently. The ICT sector meets national criteria for high demand, high wages, and high skills and provides students with excellent opportunities for interesting work and good pay. More than 70 percent of jobs in this sector will require a bachelor's degree or higher by 2018.

PLTW Computer Science engages students in real world activities like creating an online art portal or using automation to process and analyze DNA sequence data. These projects illustrate how intricately computer science is woven into our society, challenge students to apply computational thinking and logic to solve big problems, and transform students into builders of tech.

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                       Students interested in the pathway should:
      • Like to solve puzzles
      • Enjoy working with computers and coding
      • Enjoy video games
      • Be orderly and organized
      • Enjoy collaborative work

Courses for this Pathway

Engineering CTE
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