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Academy of Information Technology

CHS AOIT has been affiliated with the NAF since 2004. NAF supplies professional development opportunities for individual classes, for structural components of the academy (such as advisory boards, internships, work-based learning opportunities, etc.), certain course curricula, and networking opportunities with over 600+ NAF academies throughout the nation. Our academy program has received several national accolades, recognition, and awards since opening our doors in the fall of 2004. 


The AOIT affords its students the opportunity the learn about the vast dimensions of the technology industries through hands-on inside- and outside-the-classroom activities. 

In the student's freshman year, they take Digital Graphics and Animation, where students can earn industry-standard Adobe credentialing in Photoshop.

In the student's sophomore year, they take CompTIA ITF+, the first step in learning the ins and outs of Information Technology and how computers work. They can earn the ITF+ credential, another industry standard in the IT field. They also get their first taste of coding with Fundamentals of HTML, where they learn how to build websites.

In the student's junior year, they build on what they've learned so far with Computer Applications, where they are are taught the Microsoft Office suite of programs, including Powerpoint, Word and Excel. They're also taught professional workplace skills in preparation for their paid AOIT Summer Internship. Juniors also get crucial programming experience with Introduction to Computer Science, where they are taught the basics of programming languages like Java, Javascript and Python.

Over the summer of their junior year, AOIT students are given an internship where they are tasked with using the tech skills they've learned in the classroom in the real world. Previous internship opportunities include interning at game design companies, IT troubleshooting at places like school boards and sheriffs offices, computer repair shops.

In the student's senior year, they will choose either to specialize in Computer Hardware or Programming, and take classes relevant to those areas. In the Computer Hardware track, students take CompTIA Network+: Computer Systems, where they learn the ins and outs of computer networking and the Internet. The other class Computer Hardware Seniors take Independent Studies, where students use their tech skills to solve problems on campus, explore technologies according to their interests. Programming seniors take Creative Coding, a project-based coding class where students build apps and games, and AP Computer Science, which builds on their junior-year programming course.


Andre LaMothe - Director, Web Design and Computer Applications Instructor

Seth Dickerson - CompTIA IT Fundamentals, Computer Service Technology, Media Arts 1 and 2 Instructor

Monika Weiss - Creative Coding, Introduction to Computer Science, AP Computer Science, CompTIA Network + Instructor

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