IT Essentials

Course: IT Essentials

Pathway: Business, Administration, Finance & Information Technology

Grades: 10 – 12

Credits: 5

Location: Science and Technology Centre

Description: Our innovative lab, offers hands-on learning where students are trained in the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of IT equipment.

PC Hardware and Software curriculum provides an introduction to the computer hardware and software skills needed to help meet the growing demand for entry-level information and communication technology (ICT) professionals. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of PC technology, networking, and security, and also provides an introduction to advanced concepts.

Students who complete this course will be able to describe the internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install an operating system, and troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software. Hands-on labs and Virtual Laptop and Virtual Desktop learning tools help students develop critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills. Cisco Packet Tracer simulation-based learning activities promote the exploration of network and networking security concepts and allow students to experiment with network behavior.

PC Hardware and Software is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop fundamental computer skills, along with essential career skills. The curriculum helps students prepare for entry-level ICT career opportunities and the CompTIA A+ certification, which helps students differentiate themselves in the marketplace to advance their careers. In addition, the course provides a learning pathway to the CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration curricula.

Students will develop a solid foundation essential to the many fields of the IT industry.  This program is designed to give students the education needed to explore a rewarding career in one of the most necessary and fastest growing industries in the world.

The program addresses the needs of our community with support from local industry professionals and Keyano College.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The student may take these courses for high school credit only or may choose to write the external certification at a local testing centre at the student’s cost (Approximately $250US).

CompTIA A+ certification validates the latest skills needed by today’s computer support professionals. It is an international, vendor-neutral certification recognized by major hardware and software vendors, distributors and resellers.

CompTIA A+ confirms a technician’s ability to perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive
maintenance and basic networking.

Contact Info

Father Mercredi High School
455 Silin Forest Rd
Fort McMurray, AB,
T9H 4V6
Phone: (780) 799-5725
Fax:  (780) 799-5740

To report attendance
 
General Inquiries

Principal
Mrs. Natasha MacArthur-Poole

Vice Principals
Mr. Brendan Toner  Grade 7 and 10

Mrs. Connie Farrell  Grade 9 and 11

Mrs. Deborah Kitching  Grade 8 and 12

Learning Coaches

Mr. Bob Van Thiel

Eithne Pierre

 

Counselors

Ms. Kate MacDonald (extension 5413)

Mrs. Trudy Finnson (extension 5512)

Classroom Support Teachers

Christa DeMerchant (extension 5415)

Jeff Power (extension 5416)

Science & Technology Centre

Mr. Tim Kilburn-Project Consultant

FNMI Aboriginal Liaisons

TrudieAnn Plamondon (extension 5477) Grade 10-12

Kayla Aikins (extension 5516) Grade 7-9