Academy of Information Technology






    The Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) introduces students to the broad career opportunities in today's digital workforce and, in the process, equips them with the personal, analytical, technical and communications skills they need to thrive.


    Despite a volatile economy, information technology is everywhere, and the need for education to bridge the digital divide is more critical than ever. A study conducted by the Information Technology Association of America in April 2001 showed nearly half a million unfilled IT jobs in the U.S. - and a persistent "skills gap" that was keeping these positions from being filled. The Academy of Information Technology helps meet this need by preparing high school students for successful careers in information technology. Through their Academy experience, students gain an understanding of the connections that exist between their education and the workplace. Academy teachers and industry mentors provide students with the curriculum and guidance necessary for rewarding careers.  In particular, the Academy's focus on math and science emphasizes what's needed for a concentration in information technology.


    The Academy is supported by an Advisory Board which currently include the following companies, organizations and colleges:


    Dualex Office Products

    Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara

    Canisius College

    West Seneca Central Schools

    West Senior Counselor Liason

    Villa Maria College

    Fourth Media

    HSBC Bank

    Biels Microfilm

    TR Services, Inc.

    Evans National Bank

    Southgate Plaza


    Hilbert College


    InfoTech Niagara

    UB School of Management

    H. Joseph Sgroi & Associates

    Erie County Director of Information Support

    Bryant and Stratton



    Academy Course Sequence

    Three Year Program


    Ninth Grade

                Recruitment, application and selection of students                                                                     

    Tenth Grade

                Career and Financial Management/Academy                                                                 1/2 Unit

                Introduction to Information Technology/Computer Applications                                        1 Unit

    Eleventh Grade

                Internet and Web Page Design                                                                                      1/2 Unit

                Logic for Programming                                                                                                 1/2 Unit

                Digital Media/BEEP                                                                                                     1/2 Unit

                Database Management                                                                                                 1/2 Unit

    Summer Internship – Paid                                                                                                  1/2 to 1 Unit

    Twelfth Grade

                Systems Support and Maintenance                                                                               1/2 Unit

                Advanced Web Design                                                                                                 1/2 Unit

                Local College Course                                                                                     3 College Credits

    Graduation – Certificate of Study:  Information Technology


    ECC Advanced Study Program

                All Information Technology students have the option of obtaining Advanced Study Credit for their BEEP portfolio.  Academy students may also take advantage of a newly developed articulation agreement with ECC.


    IC3 Certification

                Students will receive IC3 certification from Certiport, which proves they have learned and demonstrated computer and Internet literacy required by a worldwide industry standard. To become IC3 certified, students will be prepared to pass the following three exams..


    Computing Fundamentals:

    Key Applications:

    Living Online:

    Computer Hardware
    Computer Software
    Using an Operating System

    Common Program Functions
    Word Processing Functions
    Spreadsheet Functions

    Networks and the Internet
    Electronic Mail
    Using the Internet
    The Impact of Computing and the Internet on Society

    Certiport is affiliated with the following partners:

    Introduction to Information Technology/Computer Applications

    Credit - 1 Unit

    What impact has technology had on your life?  Is your computer safe from “predators?”  Are you considering a career in computer science?  This course will examine the operation and management of business and society.  Students will gain proficiency in word processing, database, spreadsheets, and desktop publishing using computer software such as Microsoft Office or other available software in a Windows environment.

    Career and Financial Management/Academy         

    Credit - 1/2 Unit

    Are you ready for the world of work?  In this course, students will explore the characteristics of their personality, identify career goals, and practice job-interviewing techniques.  Students will also study money management-banking and budgeting.  This course serves as a foundation for the students' paid internship experience.  Students will also begin to develop a portfolio to be used for internship applications and college interviews. 

    Internet and Web Page Design        

    Credit - 1/2 Unit

    This course will help students gain a general understanding of the history of the Internet, protocols, browsers, e-mail, HTML language and web page design.  Students will learn how the world communicates electronically via e-mail and newsgroups, effective web searching techniques, and file transfer protocols.  In addition, students will create their own personal web pages using state of the art software.  Each student will plan, design, and create professional web pages.  Advanced features including animation, marquees, video clips and sound clips will be covered.

    Logic for Programming                     

    Credit - 1/2 Unit

    Why do programs work?  Students will learn how to describe, analyze and solve programming problems.  These skills will be acquired while learning the syntax of the Scheme programming language.

    Database Management                    

    Credit - 1/2 Unit

    Did you ever wonder how answers could be at your fingertips instantly?  In this course, students are introduced to the basic concepts of relational database engines and the tools to use them.  Students will explore and utilize the concepts of tables, rows, indexes, constraints, triggers, SQL syntax, and storage.  Database management and the importance of data relationships will also be emphasized. 

    Digital Media/BEEP             

    Credit - 1/2 Unit

    Do you love to play games?  Ever dream of creating your own computer game?  In this course, students will integrate audio, video, graphics, text and animation tools while creating their own media.  Students will also complete their electronic portfolio to be used for internships, college admissions, scholarship interviews and future use.  Students will receive a free web address to house their portfolio through their college years. 

    Paid Internship                                  

    Credit - 1 Unit

    Students will be placed in paid internship situations with members of our Academy Advisory Board.  Students will gain on-the-job experience while at the same time exploring career opportunities.

    Systems Support                               

    Credit - 1/2 Unit

    Frustrated by computer problems?  This course introduces students to the computer's inner workings, as well as networking knowledge.  Students will learn how to install, troubleshoot, and repair various hardware, software, and configuration issues.

    College Course                                 

    3 College Credits

    All Academy students must take and successfully pass a college course.  College courses are offered every semester including summer to fit a students’ schedule.  Courses can be taken on-site at a West Seneca High School or off-site at a campus location.  Courses usually are offered one day per week after school, evenings or Saturdays.  All courses are tuition-free


    Advanced Web Design                     

    Credit - 1/2 Unit

    Are you ready for more?  Become a web master.  Learn how Java and other tools will enhance your web design skills.