Synergy Magnet K-12

From Enrollment to Employment


Information Technology

Synergy Magnet Technology Program
This Program offers real world viable certifications/careers in a scaffolded build that will ensure that Synergy students may enter the work place (perhaps yours!) with applicable schools in almost any office environment. The program begins with an introduction to the fundamentals of security and compliance and culminates in a skill level capable of associate administration of an office environment. Students learn real world LAN support as they fare a support team for a school with more that 1500 devices and soon to be three campuses to support. Students with exceptional affinities may also receive more advanced training to be determined on an individual basis.
Synergy Vocational/Career Introduction to Microsoft Security
(related to MS Cert: Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals, Exam SC-900)
This training prepares students to enter the world of Microsoft cyber security careers, compliance, and identity (SCI) solutions, this certification can help you familiarize yourself with the fundamentals of SCI across cloud-based and related Microsoft services. Concepts of Security, Compliance, and Identity
Management Solutions
Synergy Vocational/Career Level 1 Azure Security Engineering Associate
(related to MS Cert: Azure Security Engineer Associate, exam az-500)
This will prepare students to implement security controls and threat protection, manage identity and access, and protect data, applications, and networks in cloud and hybrid environments as part of an end-to-end infrastructure
Synergy Vocational/Career Microsoft 365 Security Administrators Associate Certification
(relates to MS 365 Security Administrator, exam MS-500)
This will prepare students to proactively secure Microsoft 365 enterprise and hybrid environments, implement and manage security and compliance solutions, respond to threats, enforce data governance and ascertain a specific skill set orientation with which to enter the field.

Pathway to Achievement

Synergy Vocational/Career Certificate of Achievement

The following is a breakdown of how and in what increment students receive instruction. It is a blend of in-person instruction and web based training modules, broken down into absorbable sections to maximize student learning and mastery of skills presented. Each certification is worth .0123 credit for each certification earned, adding to 1 credit hour. The Synergy certifications are structured into four week mini certifications in Azure technologies that build to a hirable, highly marketable career skill-set. Four quarters of IT classes gives opportunities to earn all 8 Synergy certifications and prove intermediate mastery of Microsoft Azure fundamentals and cloud storage capable of passing the MS Azure Fundamentals AZ 900 after all units are completed. Students will complete each tract at their own paces, with ability to prove highly marketable skills for almost any office environment.
Weeks 1-2

Concepts in Cloud Computing with Azure

  • Define cloud computing
  • Describe the shared responsibility model
  • Define cloud models, including public, private, and hybrid
  • Identify appropriate use cases for each cloud model
  • Describe the consumption-based model
  • Compare cloud pricing models
  • Describe the benefits of using cloud services
Weeks 3-4

Cloud Computing with Azure

  • Describe the benefits of high availability and scalability in the cloud
  • Describe the benefits of reliability and predictability in the cloud
  • Describe the benefits of security and governance in the cloud
  • Describe the benefits of manageability in the cloud
  • Describe cloud service types
  • Describe infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
  • Describe platform as a service (PaaS)
  • Describe software as a service (SaaS)
  • Identify appropriate use cases for each cloud service (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)
Weeks 5-6

Azure Architecture

  • Describe Azure resources and resource groups
  • Describe subscriptions
  • Describe management groups
  • Describe the hierarchy of resource groups, subscriptions, and management groups
  • Describe Azure compute and networking services
  • Compare compute types, including container instances, virtual machines (VM’s), and functions
Weeks 7-8

Azure Services

  • Describe VM options, including Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets, availability sets, and Azure Virtual Desktop
  • Describe resources required for virtual machines
  • Describe application hosting options, including the Web Apps feature of Azure App Service, containers, and virtual machines
  • Describe virtual networking, including the purpose of Azure Virtual Networks, Azure virtual subnets, peering, Azure DNS, Azure VPN Gateway, and Azure ExpressRoute
Weeks 9-10

Azure Storage

  • Define public and private endpoints
  • Describe Azure storage services
  • Compare Azure storage services
  • Describe storage tiers
  • Describe redundancy options
  • Describe storage account options and storage types
  • Identify options for moving files, including AzCopy, Azure Storage Explorer, and Azure File Sync
  • Describe migration options, including Azure Migrate and Azure Data Box
  • Describe Azure identity, access, and security
Weeks 1-2

Concepts in Cloud Computing with Azure

  • Describe directory services in Azure, including Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), part of Microsoft Entra and Azure Active Directory Domain Services (Azure AD DS)
  • Describe authentication methods in Azure, including single sign-on (SSO), multi-factor authentication, and passwordless
  • Describe external identities and guest access in Azure
  • Describe Conditional Access in Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), part of Microsoft Entra
  • Describe Azure role-based access control (RBAC)
  • Describe the concept of Zero Trust
  • Describe the purpose of the defense in depth model
  • Describe the purpose of Microsoft Defender for Cloud