About the Information & Communication Technology Industry Sector

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have expanded the need for employees who can understand, manage, and support all rapidly emerging, evolving, and converging computer, software, networking, telecommunications, Internet, programming, and information systems. Essential skills for careers in the ICT sector include understanding systems that support the management and flow of data, the ability to work well and communicate clearly with people, and the ability to manage projects efficiently. The ICT sector meets national criteria for high demand, high wages, and high skills and provides students with excel-lent opportunities for interesting work and good pay. More than 70 percent of jobs in this sector will require a bachelor’s degree or higher by 2018.

Impact of the Information and Communication Technology Industry Sector:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics, 3.8 million people in the U.S. work in computer occupations. Yet more than twice as many, 7.7 million Americans say they use computers in complex ways in their jobs. Out of those 7.7 million, 3.9 million have jobs in STEM fields, and 3.8 million have jobs in non-STEM fields. All perform tasks such as developing software, modifying computer games, programming using languages like Java, SQL, PHP, or Perl, or maintaining a computer network.  Source: "Education Commission of the States (ECS)"

Opportunities in computing will only continue to increase.

Pathway Highlights

  • Students learn skills for high demand and high paying careers.

  • Use software and tools that is industry standard.

  • Graduates are more prepared for the job market.

  • Digital submission of work.

  • Field trips to local colleges.

  • Guest speakers from industry.

  • Ongoing expansion and new course offerings.

UC A-G Credit:

All of the Information and Communication Technology classes meet the A-G University of California's list of required courses for college admission.


Many of our CTE pathways offer industry recognized certifications that can be added to a student's portfolio. Certifications offered from the Information and Communication Technology Industry Sector can vary between each high school, but can include CAD Mechanical Design 11, Robotics 1, and Computer Programming I.


CTE Transitions (formerly known as Articulation) program offers high school students the opportunity to jump-start college by earning college credit while still in high school. High school students have the opportunity to earn college credit and high school credit simultaneously for certain articulated courses with Modesto Junior College. These courses are governed by an agreement between Modesto Junior College and Modesto City Schools which ensures use of like curriculum and exams. Students earn college credit upon passing the end of course examination.


Clubs and activities may vary by school site, but students can participate in a Robotics Club, Girls Who Code Club and student leadership. There are numerous computer competitions and fun activities for students in Information and Communication classes.

How to Apply:

If a student is already enrolled at an MCS High School, they will need to let their counselor know that they would like to be a part of either the Information Support and Services, Software and Systems Development, Systems Programming, or Games and Simulation Pathways; and ballot for one or more of the pathway classes.

All 8th grade students will need to ballot for the Information and Communication Pathway classes that are offered at their particular high school.

If a student is an 8th, 9th, or 10th grader attending a school in a different high school boundary in Modesto, you can request an intradistrict transfer from your home high school; or pursue open enrollment. If you’re an 8th, 9th, or 10th grader attending a school outside of Modesto City Schools, you can request an interdistrict transfer from your home high school’s district office. For more information on the IDT process; Open Enrollment; or for an IDT application, click here.

If you are interested in any of the following pathways and want to know what high schools offer them click here:

Here is more information about the Information & Communication Pathways available at each high school:


Beyer High School


Software & Systems Development

Robotics Engineering I, II, & III

Davis High School

Information Support & Services


Enochs High School

Games & Simulation

Exploring Computer Science

Video Game Development I

Contact: Brad Cornwell


Information Support & Services


Contact: Brad Cornwell

Exploring Computer Science

Software & Systems Development

Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering

Contact: Amy Pezzoni

Exploring Computer Science


Systems Programming

3D Graphics & Animation for Computer Science, Exploring Computer Science

3D Graphics & Animation for Computer Science

Contact: Amy Pezzoni

Modesto High School

Information & Support Services

Exploring Computer Science

Contact: Jay Ho

Software & Systems Development

Computer Programming I & II