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 will 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 a 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.
All students that are in the Information and Communication Technologies Pathways will 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 a Cybersecurity and Networking Pathway will take the CIS 81 and CIS 71 semester courses as a dual enrollment student the following year.
Dual Enrollment Courses- (starting Fall 2022)
Students selecting the dual enrollment program will take advantage of Cabrillo College instruction at either one of two locations within North County and South County Santa Cruz. 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 both the downtown Santa Cruz Cruzio site and the Watsonville Digital Nest site.