IST is for students who love technology and are looking for a future job with high pay and a robust occupational outlook. The tech sector is booming, and IT occupations are expected to continue to grow over the next decade. Information Systems Technology focuses on the design, implementation, and management of linked systems of computers and peripherals. Included in the program are the studies of computer repair, networking, web design, the internet and intranet (internal network), as well as the foundations of cybersecurity. Students will leave the program with multiple industry certifications and the option to apply what they have learned to credits at a post-secondary institution.

Technical Skills:

Structured-cabling installation • Computer repair, maintenance, and upgrades • Install and maintain local area networks • Installation and maintenance of client server networks • Installation, configuration and securing of end devices for wide area networks

Professional Skills:

Problem-solving •  Critical thinking •  Attention to detail

Career Opportunities or Field Positions:

Computer and Network Support Professional • Network Administrator • Cyber Security Specialist • Digital Forensics Specialist • Health Information Networker

What Certifications can I earn?

CompTIA A+ • CompTIA Network+ • CompTIA IT Fundamentals • Cisco Certified Network Associate • American Ladder Institute Certifications • TestOut PC Pro • TestOut Network Pro

What College Credits can I earn?

IST students can enroll in Penn College of Technology providing the opportunity to earn credits while still attending high school. Alternatively, students may be eligible to earn articulated credits from 17 different PA post-secondary institutions.

Click here for information on how you can earn college credits while in your Career Tech program.

Program Requirements & Expectations:

Student should have a good grasp of basic math.

Uniform Requirements:

A CareerTech blue or gray t-shirt is required. In addition, the following CareerTech items may also be purchased: Polo shirt or zip fleece. Uniforms may be ordered online or purchased at the school store.

Out-of-Pocket costs:

School Uniform

Computer Maintenance Tool Kit -$10

ESD Wrist strap -$5

Student Organizations:

Students may join the SkillsUSA student organization. This club brings students who share common interests together for an exchange of ideas and the opportunity to work towards a common purpose. It offers students recognition through a national program of awards and contests and seeks to cultivate excellence in leadership and in their technical skills. Visit for more information.

Tim Byers

Mr. Byers is a CareerTech alumnus of the Electronics program. He gained over 20 years of industry experience as an Electronics Mechanic at Nike, Hawk, and Patriot missile systems and computers. Mr. Byers has a bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education and Development from Penn State University and a Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity from the University of Maryland Global Campus.