IT & Network Systems

  • The Computer Information Technology program is ideal for students with a genuine passion for computers.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total number of information technology jobs is expected to grow by over 40% by 2026, and most students will never interact in an in-depth way with the knowledge of hardware, networking, and security skills required for the majority of future high paying jobs in the field; this is what this program is about.

    Taught from an industry perspective, in a non-traditional classroom environment, you will be engaged in interactive project-based learning activities. This program will immerse you in computer hardware, software, networking, operating systems, cyber-security standards, databases, Internetworking, and the important social, ethical, and legal issues surrounding information technology.

    Dual Enrollment

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    The Dual Enrollment program provides eligible students opportunities to earn both high school and college credit while studying at Grayson Tech. First semester students will take the college-level course CIST 1001 Computer Concepts. This course covers the fundamentals of processing, security, industry ethics, hardware operation, networking, the Internet, design concepts, and software at a rigorous college level. Students will be required to have passed a college entrance exam such as the ACCUPLACER, ACT, SAT, or PSAT to qualify for credit.

    The program embeds the computer science course Game Design as a fourth-year science for graduation and post-secondary admittance to college.

    Certifications and Credentials Offered

    • PC Pro
    • Linux Pro
    • Client Pro
    • Server Pro
    • Microsoft Technology Associate
    • Microsoft Office Master
    • Microsoft Office Expert
    • Microsoft Office Specialist

 Ray Parsons



Degrees and Certifications:

Ray Parsons

Raymond Parsons is the I.T. Networking Instructor at Grayson Tech. He received his Bachelors degree from Ball State University, and Masters degree from The University of Georgia. Mr. Parsons has taught information technology, computer programming, robotics, and business technology courses in Gwinnett high schools starting in 2006. He has sponsored student career and technology clubs (SkillsUSA and FIRST, VEX, and BEST robotics) where students reached the region, state, and international competition levels.

With work experience of over twenty years in product technology, marketing, and sales development, Mr. Parsons encourages students to problem solve and build employability skills. Students are challenged to think creatively and look for market opportunities with their emerging knowledge, new relationships, and innovations.

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  • Skills Learned

    • Systems Design
    • Hardware
    • Network Architecture
    • Maintenance
    • Diagnostic Methods
    • Implementation
    • Systems Analysis
    • Programming
  • Daily Activities

    • Certification
    • Networking
    • Software Installation
    • Career Studies
    • Security Architecture
    • Troubleshooting
    • IT Simulations
    • Game Development
  • Program Accolades

    SkillsUSA State Champion - Information Technology Services 2018

    SkillsUSA State Champion - Computer Programming 2018

    SkillsUSA State Champion - PowerPoint 2018

    SkillsUSA State Champion - Interactive Application and Video Game Development 2017

  • Careers

    • Systems Analyst
    • Network Administrator
    • Programmers
    • Support Specialist
    • Hardware Engineer
    • Systems Architect
    • Software Engineering
    • Project Management
  • Colleges and Universities

    • University of Georgia
    • Georgia Tech
    • Georgia State
    • Georgia Southern
    • Kennesaw State
    • Columbus State
    • Gwinnett Technical
    • Georgia Gwinnett
Students working on the inner parts of a computer