Focus on Information Technology (FIT) is a nationally-recognized certificate program that promotes digital literacy amongst Canadian youth. Developed by the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), alongside top educational specialists and ICT employers, FIT provides secondary school students with valuable course pathways and a 21st century learning environment that fosters ICT skills development.
FIT offers students unique learning experiences that develop their leadership, interpersonal, technical and business skills. Program requirements include a two-to-three year commitment as a student’s completes his/her high school diploma. Students may choose to specialize in one of four FIT concentrations while completing their FIT certificate and is encouraged to participate in FIT Reach Ahead Opportunities and off-campus work experiences (i.e. co-ops and internships).
Students benefit from an interactive learning experience and receive continual support from their FIT teacher(s) while completing their FIT competencies. FIT students may gain new skills in interactive media; software design and development; business and information analysis; network systems and operations; and general business and technical skills. The practical, hands-on experience for students promotes innovative, strategic, solution-based thinking and prepares teens for careers in the real world.
Quick Jump:-FIT Certificates-The Value of the FIT program-Incorporating FIT into your Curriculum
The FIT program offers students five unique FIT Certificates they may work towards during their secondary school career. Furthering that, students are encouraged to pursue multiple FIT certificates that will build upon their credentials for post-secondary and job applications.
FIT Certificate – Work Experience Seal:
The FIT Certificate is the standard FIT certificate that is awarded to students who meet the general FIT requirements and have passed the courses in the concentration of their choosing.(Please note: each pathway is unique to each province and educational institution)
The FIT Certificate with a Gold Seal indicates a student has achieved the standard FIT Certificate and has also completed a work experience or co-operative education course. View our Work Experience & Co-op Section for more information on how your students may attain off-campus work experience.
FIT Certificate – Gold Seal & Industry:
FIT Certificate – Industry Seal:
The standard (see no. 1) FIT Certificate with a Gold Seal indicates student achievement of an industry certification such as: Cisco, Microsoft, Adobe, Linux, CompTIA certifications.
The standard FIT Certificate with both Industry and Work Experience seals.
FIT Certificate – Plus+:
In order to achieve the esteemed FIT Certificate – Plus+, students must complete the general FIT Certificate qualifications, provincial work experience/co-op hours, and have passed two or more industry certifications.
Example FIT Seal of Approval:
FIT is pleased to offers our students four unique areas of concentration. Our diverse concentrations permit students with multiple interests to partake in the FIT program and broaden their skill-set. Each concentration has a distinct pathway of provincial courses that complements the competencies and standards associated with specialization. Please note that each concentration is different and may require a student to complete a greater number of competencies in order to meet ICTC requirements.
Interactive Media includes web design and development, social and mobile media, interactive games and e-commerce. Blend business, technology and leadership skills to address exciting opportunities in the workplace.
Software Design and Development:
Software Design and Development includes solution design, integration, programming and database development. Use your technical competencies to develop applications and systems to solve real-world problems.
Business and Information Analysis:
Business and Information Analysis includes business and information analysis or systems architecture. Use your technical and business skills to analyze and respond to business needs and recommend affordable ICT solutions.
Network Systems and Operations:
Network Systems and Operations includes technical and communications platform maintenance critical to the smooth operations of an organization. Use your skills to implement and maintain mission-critical hardware and software.
General Skills – Business and Technical Skills:
Please Note: These skills are embedded into each concentration and students graduate with both general and concentrated skills.
Business skills help students learn about the leadership, management style and operations of different organizations. Technical skills help students develop their ICT abilities to perform effectively in the workplace.
The Value of the FIT program
1 The Focus on Information Technology (FIT) program was designed to help Canada’s high school students understand the importance of ICTs in industry and their daily lives while encouraging them to continue on to post-secondary institutions.
2 It is a Canada-wide program carefully-aligned to individual Provincial outcomes and expectations, allowing students to focus their learning on the ICT sector while still meeting the requirements of their Provincial Secondary School Diploma.
3 FIT supports students by helping them to gain the knowledge and work skills necessary to make ICT a valuable career choice. The FIT program learning outcomes have been validated by Canadian business, industry and educators.
4 FIT allows students to investigate specific concentrations that might be of particular interest. These concentrations include Business and Information Analysis; Software Design and Development; Network and Systems Operations; and Interactive Media.
Incorporated FIT into your Curriculum
The FIT Outcomes are aligned to the Provincial Ministry or Department curriculum making it simple to incorporate FIT into your classroom. Sometimes, there still may be gaps where ICTC and the ICT industry have identified
specific learning needs that are not currently met by a province’s curriculum. In most cases, these unaligned areas of the FIT curriculum focus on Business outcomes.
Integrating unaligned outcomes into your curriculum would still be beneficial for the students graduating from your classes. FIT recognizes how difficult this can be without necessary resources or examples and has identified resources and compiled information to make this process easier for you. Beginning April 2013, we will be pleased to offer our online Teacher Resource Sharing
community educators to upload and download relevant teaching materials, such as: lesson plans, videos, handouts, tips, information guides, presentations, etc.
At ICTC we believe in smooth transitioning and expect that teachers will work with their aligned outcomes initially. We recognize this can be a long-term process but educators should progress to the full curriculum, as soon as possible.
To begin your journey with FIT, teachers are encouraged to contact their regional project managers and discuss these outcome gaps. In most cases, a student achieving only the FIT aligned outcomes will be granted a FIT certificate. Students will be more successful as entry level workers and at post-secondary institutions if they are allowed to address the full spectrum of FIT outcomes and ICTC encourages teachers to incorporate all the outcomes in their teaching program.
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