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Computer Networking and Information Technology

Pursue your passion with technology in a comprehensive and rigorous program designed to equip you with the skills needed to excel in the expanding field of IT.  This program combines theoretical foundations with practical applications, using a blend of hands-on and on-line learning, preparing you for a wide range of careers in technology including software development, cybersecurity, data management, cloud administration, and more.  You will delve into areas such as operating systems, scripting, networking, database management, system analysis, and cybersecurity; gaining deep understanding of how technology drives innovation across industries.  You will also gain experience and expertise with problem solving and troubleshooting hardware and software problems using real-world scenarios through learn to work, job shadowing, and internship opportunities.

Program Pathways: 
The following courses meet the NH DOE Computer Science Credit Requirement (page 6) 
  Introduction to Computer Networking (Grades 9-12)
  Computer Science Principles (Grades 9-12)
  AP Computer Science Principles (Grades 11-12) *Grade 10 with recommendation from math teacher
  Essentials of Computer Literacy (formerly Digital Life) (Grades 9-12)
Year 1: (Grade 10 or 11, 12)
  Linux I 
  IT Essentials
Year 2:  (Grade 11 or 12)
  Introduction to Networking
  Routing, Switching and Wireless Essentials
Year 3:  (Grade 12) - Independent Study - Student Choice
  Cyber Security
  Linux II
  Certified Cloud Practitioner
  Python for Network Automation and Programmability
  Microsoft Systems Administration
  Focus on Industry Certifications:  CCNA, Network+, Linux+
Note:  All courses offered are dual enrollment/Running Start through Great Bay Community College.  Students who successfully complete the Cisco Academy courses receive a Certificate of Completion from Cisco Networking Academy.  This is a recognized industry certificate of completion and is a great start on a pathway to an industry certification.
Dover High School has an e-Sports Team that competes on a National level with over 2,000 teams across the country.  Currently DHS CyberWave is #1 in the State of New Hampshire, we are always looking for new members.  No experience necessary.  We meet during Flex and after school.  Come with a desire to learn.  Bonus if you already have an interest in Linux and/or Windows operating systems.
Meet the Teacher
My name is Ms. Deborah Minassian.  This will be my 8th year teaching at Dover High School.  I love teaching computer science.  It is my passion and desire to provide my students with the opportunity to learn and develop the skills they need to work in the 21st Century.  I have over 30 years experience working with technology.  I remember  the analog world and have a genuine respect for how technology has changed and shaped the world we know today.  I am proud to have played a part in that history through my work at Bay, Nortel, and Cisco Systems.
I have high expectations, but want students to have fun and enjoy learning.
Students who have completed 2 or 3 years in the Tech program have gone off to the following colleges:
2-Year Colleges
Great Bay Community College
NHTI Concord
Rochester Community College
4-Year Colleges
Plymouth State
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Worcester Polytech
Rochester Institute of Technology
Southern New Hampshire University
San Francisco State University
I have also had several students who went right into industry.  They had the confidence and skills to walk into an entry level, IT job.  
No matter which pathway my students have chosen, I am proud of them all.  
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns at anytime. 
We are a partnership in learning.
-Deb Minassian, M.Ed.
Instructor, Computer Science
Instructor, Cisco Networking Academy
Adjunct Professor, Great Bay Community College