High School Programs

IT Networking Academy

This program is offered through the Forrest Career and Technology Center. The first year is designed to provide the technical skills needed to meet the growing demand for entry-level professionals in the Information Technology field. The second year continues with the Cisco Networking Academy® CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum which teaches comprehensive networking concepts, from network application to the protocols and services provided to those application by the lower layers of the network through interactive media and practical experience and a series of hands-on and simulated activities.


The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cyber security or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. The CyberPatriot competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. For more information on this program, check with your school’s counselor(s) and administrators.