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Program Description

The ITnet (formerly Computer Networking) program utilizes the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum to prepare students for exciting careers in Information Technology, commonly referred to as IT. Students will have access to expert, educational IT content and to a rich learning experience through online media. Engaging activities include animated simulations, videos, and interactive quizzes, along with valuable hands-on lab exercises for real world experience.

Students in ITnet receive exposure to many different career areas including:

IT Essentials: The Cisco Networking Academy’s IT Essentials course gives students basic computer repair knowledge and skills, which prepares them for the CompTIA A+ industry certification and entry-level computer support careers.

CCNA v7: To prepare students for entry-level networking careers, we utilize the Cisco Networking Academy Introduction to Networks course. This course gives students a basic understanding of how networks operate and how to build simple local area networks (LAN), perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement Internet Protocol (IP).

PROGRAMMING AP Computer Science Principles: This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of computer science.

Python and C++:
Students will learn the fundamentals of coding, using the Python and C++ programming languages. This gives them a start towards entry-level programming careers.

IoT Fundamentals: The Cisco Networking Academy Connecting Things course focuses on identifying, designing, prototyping, and presenting an IoT solution that securely solves a current business or social problem.

CCNA Cybersecurity Operations: This course provides an introduction to the knowledge and skills needed for a Security Analyst working with a Security Operations Center team. It includes core security skills for monitoring, detecting, investigating, analyzing and responding to security events, thus protecting systems and organizations from cybersecurity risks, threats, and vulnerabilities.

The more certifications an individual earns, the more marketable they become in the industry. Our program offers a great jump-start to a future in IT as well as preparing students for entry-level positions upon graduation. 

Computer Service and Repair
Second year ITnet (formerly Computer Networking) students offer computer service and repair to the community for a donation. This is a unique opportunity for students gain real world experience. See our flyer for more information.

Related Professions

Computer Support Specialist
Network and Computer Systems Administrator
Computer Systems Analyst
Information Security Analyst
Computer Network Architect
Computer Programmer
Software Developer



Possible Certifications

CompTIA A+
Cisco CCNA


Mott Community College 
Baker College

2020-21 Accomplishments
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
ITnet students competed in BPA (Business Professionals of America) regional competition, which was held virtually January 4th through the 13th.  The top 6 students in each event qualify to move on to the state competition.  We have several students that placed in the top 6.  Here are our results:

C++ Programming - 1st Place - Randy Graham, Almont Senior
Computer Network Technology - 3rd Place - Trey Trevithick, Almont Senior
Computer Network Technology - 5th Place - Brendon West, Lapeer Senior
Computer Programming Concepts - 4th Place - Randy Graham, Almont Senior
Information Technology Concepts - 3rd Place - Matteus Karwowski, Imlay City Senior
Linux Operating System Fundamentals - 5th Place - Ethan Hancock, Imlay City Junior
Network Administration using Cisco - 4th Place - Laurence Bautista, Lapeer Junior

2018-19 Accomplishments


We had five students attend the 2019 SkillsUSA State Competition in Grand Rapids, MI on April 5-7, 2019.  Congratulations to Dalton Lane, a senior this year from Almont, for winning a gold medal in Internetworking.  Congratulations to Preston Orr, a senior from North Branch, for winning a silver medal in Internetworking.  Preston will be attending the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June.


The CyberPatriot competition is a security competition sponsored by the United States Air Force.  This year, we had two teams:
Team Code Red: Alex Dimmick (Imlay City), Dalton Lane (Almont), Preston Orr (North Branch), Darian Ott (Almont), Brent Walker (Lapeer), Michael Woodhams (Lapeer)

Team Blue Screened: Spencer Ankley (Lapeer), Avery Gronda (Lapeer), Alex Huyghe (Lapeer), Matt Senko (Lapeer), Lorance Sheldon (Lapeer), Chris Watson (Dryden)

They competed throughout several rounds of competitions, and we congratulate both teams for their efforts.  Team Code Red was our highest scoring team in Ed Tech history, making the Platinum Tier for the State Round, finishing 8th in the state.  Team Blue Screened also qualified for the State Round in the Gold Tier, and they finished 24th in the state.  

Governor’s High School Cyber Challenge

3 Ed Tech Teams competed in this year’s Governor’s High School Cyber Challenge, during the month of October.
Team Permission Denied: Preston Orr (North Branch) & Chris Watson (Dryden)

Team Mission Failed: Spencer Ankley (Lapeer), Alex Huyghe (Lapeer), & Lorance Sheldon (Lapeer)

Team Operation Voltage: Dalton Lane (Almont), Darian Ott (Almont), & Michael Woodhams (Lapeer)

National Governor’s Cyber Challenge

2 Ed Tech Teams competed in this year’s National Governors Cyber Challenge, a CTF (capture the flag) event during the month of April.
Lapeer County Ed Tech Center 1: Alex Huyghe (Lapeer), Dalton Lane (Almont), Preston Orr (North Branch), Darian Ott (Almont), Lorance Sheldon (Lapeer), Brent Walker (Lapeer)

Lapeer County Ed Tech Center 2: Spencer Ankley (Lapeer), Avery Gronda (Lapeer), Grant Rose (North Branch), Jacob Ruhlman (North Branch), Chris Watson (Dryden)

Field Trips

On October 12, 2018, students visited Lawrence Tech University in Southfield, MI.  Students were able to get a tour of the campus and participated in 3 sessions of their choice with LTU professors.

On December 6, 2018, students visited Mott Community College’s Flint main campus.  Students were able to tour the college campus, attend several sessions with college professors, and participated in a panel discussion with former Mott students who are now employed in the IT field.  It was a great field trip to ensure all students have had the opportunity to visit a college or university.

On May 3, 2019, CyberPatriot competitors visited the University of Detroit – Mercy campus in Detroit, MI for the MCISSE CyberPatriot Conference.  It was a conference to celebrate all Michigan CyberPatriot teams.  Students heard from guest speakers in the security field and were recognized for their efforts with a CyberPatriot medal and certificate.

Custom Builds

2 small groups completed custom built computers for our lab - A.M. students Austin Knudtson (North Branch) & Austin McMilllan (North Branch); A.M. students Alex Sherman (Lapeer) & Max Somerville (Lapeer)

Another small group completed a RAM upgrade for our lab – A.M. students Lia Boersma (Almont) & Tracy Chase (Lapeer)

A fourth small group completed a Keyboard/Mouse upgrade for our lab – A.M. students Jimmy Hampton (North Branch) & Tommy Newsom (North Branch)

Each year students do a group project based on the customer's (instructor) requirements. They price out all of their parts, create a presentation, and present their project to the board (classmates) to be reviewed. The best product meeting the criteria is then chosen to be built by the students for use in our lab. 

Community Service

In keeping with our annual tradition, the ITnet class collected new, unwrapped toys during the holiday season to be donated to Toys for Lapeer County Kids.  All toys donated stay within Lapeer County, helping to ensure that children in our area receive a gift over the holidays.  Again this year, the barrel was overflowing with gifts.

2018-19 Promotional Video


IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software course information


Cisco Networking Academy Website

ITnet Moodle Website

CompTIA A+ Industry Certification information

Cisco Industry Certification Information

Testing for Cisco and CompTIA Certifications


Teacher: Kelly Ross
(810) 664-1124 ext. 4141
Paraprofessional: Terri West
(810) 664-1124 ext. 4161

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