Information & Engineering Technology Academy

student learns about the inner workings of a computer

student learns about the inner workings of a computer

Information & Engineering Technology Academy

CATEC is partnered with Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), CISCO Systems, and local businesses to develop career and educational pathways in computer networking and cybersecurity.


Educational Pathways

Career Pathways

Year Credential Networking

Technical Support
Help Desk Operator
Support Technician
Network Support Technician
Network Support Engineer


Network Administration
Network Auditor
System Integrator
Network Administrator

3 CATEC Cyber Security

Security Administration
Network Security Administrator
Network Security Specialist

4 PVCC CCNP Network Engineering
5 PVCC LPI-Linux Network Design

Academy Course Offerings

Class State Code Duration Grades(s) Dual Enrollment Credentials AM or PM
Computer Network Hardware I&II 8542/8543 1 year 10-12 Year 1 – 16 PVCC credits N/A AM PM
Computer Network Hardware III&IV 8544/8545 1 year 10-12 Year 2 – 4 PVCC credits CISCO CCENT, CompTIA A+ AM PM

Credit and Certifications

High School Credit

Students receive up to 3 high school elective credits each year for successful completion of the program. Passage of the certification exam will award the student 2 student-verified elective credits, one of which can be substituted for a verified credit in either science or history.



Dual Enrollment Credit

The computer networking program is dual enrolled with Piedmont Virginia Community College. Students successfully completing the program may receive up to 20 college credits during the two-year program.

Year College Course Codes College Course Name Credit Per Course College
Year 1 ITN101 Intro to Networking 4 PVCC
Year 1 ETR149 PC Repair 3 PVCC
Year 1 ITN106 Microcomputer Operating Systems 3 PVCC
Year 1 ITN111 Windows Server Administration 3 PVCC
Year 1 ETR164 Upgrading & Maintaining PCs 3 PVCC
Year 2 ITN260 Network Security Basics 4 PVCC


Augustine Arthur

Career Pathway

Career Opportunity: Help Desk Operator, Support Technician, Network Support Technician Apply networking technology for local area networks (LANs) and for connecting to larger networks and the Internet. Apply your expertise in protecting networks and developing multiple security models and systems.

  • National Wage Average*: $61,830
  • Virginia Wage Average*: $70,770
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia*: 15.5%