How Courses Work- Cybersecurity and Networking Pathway

How it works

One of the many benefits of the Information and Communication Technologies Network Career Pathway is the opportunity for high school students to earn college credit through our articulated and dual enrollment courses. These ICT courses provide a starting point for students that are new or curious about careers in both Cybersecurity/Networking or Information Support and Services.

All students start their Information and Communication Technologies Career Pathway by taking a year-long introductory articulated course, then they will progress to Cabrillo College’s Dual Enrollment courses for their second year. Once students successfully complete the one articulated course, students will decide on either a Cybersecurity/Networking Pathway, or an Information Support and Service Pathway.

Through our partnership with Cabrillo College, students will have the opportunity to earn college credit as a high school student throughout the entire career pathway progression. With our proud partnerships with local companies, Cruzio and Digital Nest, as well as our dedicated instructors, students will have access to a wealth of support.

Articulated Course

IT Essentials - One Year

All students in the Information and Communication Technologies Pathways start by taking the year-long CIS-71 IT essentials course. This course is fully aligned with Cabrillo College and will provide students the opportunity for college credit. Students who complete the course with a grade of “B or better/80%” and receive a recommendation from their high school instructor are eligible to receive 4 units of CIS-71 with the grade received in the high school course, and notated as “credit by exam” on a Cabrillo College transcript. Students interested in continuing on the Cybersecurity and Networking Pathway will take the CIS-81 and CIS-75 semester courses as a dual enrollment student the following year.

Dual Enrollment Courses- (starting Fall 2022)

CIS-81: Computer Network Fundamentals - One Semester

CIS-75: Fundamentals of Computer Security - One Semester

Internship Program - One Semester

Students selecting the dual enrollment program will take advantage of Cabrillo College instruction. These semester-long courses are college paced and offered through Cabrillo College. When a student is in a dual enrollment program, they are enrolled in courses as a Cabrillo College student, while also attending their high school. As long as outlined requirements are met, a student will have an opportunity to earn both credit at the high school and community college. Courses are available at our downtown Santa Cruz Cruzio site.

Additional information concerning Dual Enrollment and Articulated Courses with Cabrillo College

Articulation Information

Dual Enrollment Information

Frequently Asked Questions