Computer Systems and Information Technology

PURPOSE: The program is designed to prepare individuals for employment as computer technicians, network specialists and security specialists and other technical positions in the information technology field. Will be able to pass the COMPTIA A Plus during the course of the program. Students receive instruction from teachers who have total familiarity with computer hardware and Microsoft operating systems.

PROGRAM CONTENT:  The program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the information technology industry, planning, management, finance, technical and product skills, underlying principles of technology, labor and practice. Besides passing the A+ industry certification, the student will be able to obtain Network + and Security + industry certifications.
The program includes:

  • Installation and set-up of components and peripherals
  • Computer Operation
  • Maintenance and servicing of computer systems
  • Diagnosis and correction of operational problems
  • Network and Security
  • Training in communication, leadership, human relations, employability skills, and safe and efficient work practices

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: The entire program is 1650 hours, but students can earn a certificate at the completion of any of the following Occupational Completion Points (OCP’s):

OCP Hours
A Computer Systems Technician *300
B Computer Network Technician *150
C Computer Network Specialist *150
D Computer Security Technician *300
*Each OCP is based on the number of hours in the right column and successful completion of the course work.

Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a full program completion certificate are 10th grade in Math, and 9th grade in reading and language on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) test.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Individuals can work practically in any kind of businesses, because computerized systems are part of the modern world.

SALARY: Salaries in the IT field are quite broad. Median entry- level computer technicians can earn $30,000 to $45,000 a year. Experienced network specialists and system administrators earn over $60,000 a year.
NOTE: Different kinds of financial aid are available to eligible students and eligible programs. Applications and information regarding financial aid resources may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.

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