Information Technology - Applications

  • two ITA students work togetherJump-start your college career by earning up to 27 free college credits while still in high school and enrolled in ITA.
  • Explore the business world through real life projects and hands-on learning in a collaborative, technology oriented environment.
  • Embed hardware, software, networking, security, and computer coding needs into your business plan.
  • Envision yourself directing workflow, human resources, marketing teams, and accounting departments to earn a profit for your business.
  • Creatively code and design interactive computer programs and games.

 View the Information Technology–Applications / Business Management program brochure

 View the Technical Academy brochure

Information Technology Lab

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Job Titles – Career Pathways
11-1021 General & Operations Managers
11-3061 Purchasing Manager
13-1111 Management Analyst
13-1161 Marketing Specialist
15-1121 Computer Systems Analysts
15-1131 Computer Programmers
15-1132 Software Developers, Applications
15-1141 Database Administrator
15-1151 Computer User Support Specialist
43-4051 Customer Service Rep
43-9011 Computer Operators


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CTC knowledge transfers to college credits at:
Berks Technical Institute
Harrisburg Area Community College
Keystone Technical Institute
Lackawanna College
Lincoln Technical Institute
Luzerne County Community College
Manor College
McCann’s School of Business
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Pierce College
Reading Area Community College

*Earn up to 27 dual enrollment college credits with Reading Area Community College through participation in the Technical Academy.

Student Certifications:
ASK Business Certification
NOCTI – National Occupational Competency Testing Institute
*  Management Information Systems
Microsoft Office Specialist – Excel
Microsoft Office Specialist – Word
Microsoft Office Specialist – Powerpoint
Microsoft Office Specialist – Access
Microsoft Office Specialist – Outlook

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➤ For more detailed information about this program, including the grading policy, task list, etc., please refer to the course syllabus.

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Ms. Merkel, IT-Applications instructorInstructor – Mrs. Michelle Merkel

I graduated from Muhlenberg High School in 1999 and earned a  bachelor’s degree in computer science from Kutztown University in 2003. I was immediately hired to manage a database for a local non-profit organization. While working there, I developed a passion for helping and guiding others. This inspired me to become a teacher. I enjoy helping and guiding students throughout their educational journey.

Bachelor’s degree, Computer Science, Kutztown University


Certificates and Awards

Occupational Competency Assessment Certificate,  Temple University
Vocational Education I Teaching Certificate, Temple University
Vocational Education II Teaching Certificate, Temple University
Microsoft Office Specialist – Master
CompTIA – IT Fundamentals
IC3 – Computing Fundamentals
IC3 – Key Applications
IC3 – Living Online
Sage MAS 90 – MAS 200 Core Applications w/Payroll
Google for Education – Basic Certification

Hire Date: 2005

Community Service
EMT for more than 10 years
Youth soccer and basketball coach

soar-logoSOAR programs of study prepare today’s student for tomorrow’s high demand and high wage careers.

The Reading Muhlenberg CTC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, national
origin, immigration status, primary language, marital status, pregnancy or handicap/disability in its education programs, activities, and/or employment.

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