An IC3 (Internet Computing Core) Certification is earned during AOIT II. In order for students to gain a certification, they must pass three difficult tests during the course of the year. This certification states that the given student is proficient in the fields of computing fundamentals (hardware, software and operating systems), key applications (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) and navigating the online world (including some networking fundamentals). Please click here to be directed to the official IC3 guide.
Students who complete the AOIT program and elect to matriculate to Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts will be given 6 college credits (two courses: CIS 110 and CIS 111). Valued at $1380.
Students who complete the AOIT program, earn IC3 Certification and who elect to matriculate to the CCRI will be given 5 college credits (five one-credit courses: COMI-1000 - Computer Basics, COMI-1420 - Introduction to Spreadsheets, COMI-1430 - Introduction to Database Software, COMI-1440 - Presentation Software, and COMI-1640 - Introduction to Word Processing). Valued at $825.
Students who take AP Computer Science, pass with a minimum grade of B and elect to matriculate to the New England Institute of Technology, will be given from 8 - 12 college credits, depending upon area of concentration. Valued from $1840 to $2760.
Additional Success & Accolades
The AOIT program was dubbed the "Geek Dynasty" in the following article found in the Newport Daily News following the program's third consecutive sweep of the Technical Computer Applications contest of SkillsUSA in 2014:
Top Performing Students
Six AOIT students have been honored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), receiving the Award for Aspirations in Computing. The award honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Recipients are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. Tiphanie Fuentes was the first recipient in 2012, followed by Fiona Heaney (2013), Hannah Deen (2014), Jennifer Rivera (2015), Tasia Terrell (2016) and Lilia Bohensky (2017). Tiphanie graduated from Harvard University as a Computational Linguistics and Computer Science major. Fiona graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) as a Computer Science major, and Hannah is a junior Computer Science Major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Jennifer is studying Criminal Justice and Computer Science at the University of Rhode Island, Tasia graduated from high school in Manchester, NH and will attend Texas A & M in the fall 2017, and Lilia is a senior in high school at Rogers.
Top Performing Program
The Academy of Information Technology program at the Newport Area Career and Technical Center was recently evaluated by the Rhode Island Department of Education. As a result of this visit, the program has been designated an "Approved Career and Technical Education Program of Study."
Top Performing Instructor
Mrs. Monica Awde has been nominated Newport Public Schools Teacher of the Year on four separate occasions, most recently in 2013.