Newport AOIT

IC3 Certification

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.

IC3 Certification Rates:
2017: 93%
2016: 100%
2015: 78%
2014: 100%
2013: 100%
2013: 100%
2011: 100%
2010: 77%
2009: 67%

Student Media

AOIT Technology Circuit: "Time Of Your Life" (2016-2017)

AOIT Technology Circuit: "Renegades" (2015-2016)

AOIT 2 and AP Computer Science Projectile Motion
Collaboration with AP Physics (2015-2016)

AOIT Technology Circuit: "I Lived" (2014-2015)

AOIT Technology Circuit: "Hall of Fame" (2013-2014)

AOIT Technology Circuit: "Big Bang Theory" (2012-2013)

AOIT Rap: "Geek Dynasty" (Class of 2015)


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 Geek Dynasty

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:

Newport Daily News Article, Page 1
Newport Daily News Article, Page 2

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.

Graduates of Rogers High School, who were students of the AOIT program, have gone on to attend some exceptional schools including Harvard, Brown, Yale, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Northeastern University, Worcester Polytechnic University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, United States Naval Academy, Boston University, Boston College, College of the Holy Cross, and many others.

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."

The AOIT program has an active and essential advisory board consisting of members of the post-secondary education community, information technology professionals, school personnel and parents. This board guides the progress of the program, ensuring that the skills and proficiencies that students will need beyond high school are being addressed within the program's curriculum.

Each year, four of the top programming students in the AOIT program and AP Computer Science have participated in the annual programming contest at Providence College.

The AOIT program has produced several medalists during the annual SkillsUSA Rhode Island competitions, and as a result there have been nine gold medal performances that lead to participation in the national competitions of SkillsUSA. Twice, AOIT students have placed fifth in the nation in the field of Technical Computer Applications.

For the past three years, students of the AOIT program have competed in the annual CyberPatriots cyber security competition. Each year participation in the event increases, and each year at least one of our teams have placed in the top echelon of competitors in the state of Rhode Island.

Top Performing Instructor

Mrs. Monica Awde has been nominated Newport Public Schools Teacher of the Year on four separate occasions, most recently in 2013.

In 2016, she was recognized by the principal of Rogers High School with a Crystal Apple for her performance as an educator.

In 2013, she received the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award which recognizes educators for their efforts to promote gender equity in computing.

In recognition of outstanding achievement and excellence in teaching, Mrs. Awde has been selected by students as an Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars.

In recognition of outstanding performance, she was presented with the Horace Mann Crystal Apple Award and a certificate of achievement in 2011.

Monica Awde earned her MBA at the University of Rhode Island and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society. She has been teaching at Rogers High School since 1988.