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Duration: 36-weeks (day class)

Tuition: Costs for this program covers classroom and laboratory. Contact us for complete pricing details. 

Class Date/Time: Mon. - Thurs.  8:30 pm – 1:50 pm

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Information Technology Specialist Program

Training Program to begin a Career as an IT Professional

The Information Technology Specialist Program is designed to fulfill the growing requirement for trained IT professionals in the area of IT infrastructure, security, and network technology. Students will learn core competencies required to install, diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair: computers, computer networks, and safeguard networks against cyber threats. 

Students also have the opportunity to earn their CompTIA IT Fundamentals, A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications during the program culminating in becoming an IT Technology Specialist professional. Upon completion of this program, a diploma is awarded to signify successful completion of training.

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The Network+ certification is sponsored by CompTIA, which is the Computing Technology Industry Association, as such they are as vendor-neutral as possible. The Network+ exam contains situational, traditional, and identification types of questions. The Network+ exam is open to anybody, although it is designed to be taken by those with at least 18 months of on-the-job experience as a network technician, as well as the A+ certification or equivalent knowledge.

During the first 18-weeks of  training, students will learn basic information technology skills covering:

  • Using features and functions of common operating systems and establishing network connectivity
  • Identifying common software applications and their purpose
  • Using security and web browsing best practices
  • Identifying, using, and connecting hardware components and devices such as Microprocessors, RAM, Power Supplies, and Motherboards
  • BIOS, CMOS, and Expansion Bus
  • Input/Output Devices
  • Hardware and network troubleshooting
  • Installation, organization, maintenance, and troubleshooting different versions of Windows and Windows structures
  • Installing and troubleshooting printers
  • Select, install and service video, sound and portable computers
  • Networking - types of networks and connections, wired and wireless
  • Network Security
  • Mobile Devices: tablets and smartphones
  • IT operational procedures and best practices

During the last 18-weeks of training, students will learn more advanced information technology skills covering:

  • Critical security concepts to helping networking professionals work with security practitioners
  • Key cloud computing best practices and typical service models
  • Coverage of newer hardware and virtualization techniques
  • Concepts to give individuals the combination of skills to keep the network resilient
  • Install and configure systems to secure applications, networks, and devices
  • Perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques
  • Participate in risk mitigation activities 
  • Operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws, and regulations

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