What is the DHS AOIT?

Academy Purpose and Value

A career in Information Technology (IT) is challenging and ever-changing. Those who pursue jobs in the IT sector will quickly discover ongoing opportunities to learn about and work with exciting new technologies that are transforming our world. IT education can be obtained in four-year colleges, two-year community colleges, technical colleges and institutes, and high schools. Even in time of economic downturn, there is still a large market for people with IT skills in organizations of all sizes. The Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) reports that U.S. employers will have approximately 1.1 million IT jobs to fill over the next 12 months. ITAA expects continued growth opportunities in the years to come within the IT field.

The Damascus High School Academy of Information Technology (DHS AOIT)

Damascus High School (DHS) entered its first year as an official Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) through the National Academy Foundation (NAF) in the fall of 2005. This program began with two IT strands, one for Computer Maintenance and Networking, and the other in Computer Programming. For the 2007-08 school year, DHS AOIT will launch a third strand called Information Resource Design. This strand will enable students to gain a solid background in website design and graphic design. This academy has been developed in order to meet the needs of the growing demand for IT workers, and to meet the needs and interests of our students.

In the AOIT, students will have the opportunity to learn the latest technology and advances in computer maintenance and networking, computer programming and overall IT design components. Students will have the opportunity to attend guest speaker lectures, seminars and IT related field trips. Students will perform an IT related internship between their junior and senior years, and also will take a college level IT related course.

DHS AOIT is integrated with other academic studies in high school. By integrating math, science and language art skills with technological skills, the curriculum ensures that each student makes a connection with the career pathway most suited to his or her individual abilities and aspirations. Students participating in the Academy can easily continue their education after high school at any college or post-secondary institution or use their corporate certifications to enter the IT workforce.