Using a closely integrated combination of classroom theory and hands-on lab experience in all courses, students learn the essentials of computer maintenance and repair. In addition, graduates of this program have an excellent working knowledge of the hardware that drives the Internet, operating systems, network software such as Cisco, Linux, Microsoft and the most widely used business application software.
TThe program also emphasizes communication skills (both oral and written) and interpersonal skills that will give our graduates an edge in the competitive business environment of the 21st century. This is not a certification course nor are certifications a prerequisite for graduation.
A career in Computer Networking & Security offers many exciting opportunities. In today's society, all businesses, schools and government agencies need trained professionals to oversee their computer systems and administer their networks.
Graduates of Associate of Science Degree and may secure such specific positions as: Network Administrator, Assistant LAN Manager, Computer Repair Specialist, Help Desk Specialist, Technical Support Specialist, Computer and Network Security Specialist and others. The Associate of Science Degree provides the foundation for a graduate to find expanded long-term career opportunities in management and upward mobility in the workplace.
Training equipment / hardware / software
Every student receives a network and computer tool kit. These kits contain screwdrivers, pliers, cabling crimpers, strippers, punch down tool and cable tester for various network connections.
The computers utilized range from Pentium II to Pentium IV computers. In addition, a number of different network file servers, printers, CD-ROMs, and multi-media devices are used. Networking devices including various hubs, switches and routers, wireless NICs and access points, Cisco switches and routers are also used.
The software used includes client operating systems, MS-DOS, Windows 95/98/XP, and Windows NT and Windows 2000 Server / Professional. The network operating systems used are Microsoft Windows 2000 / 2003, and Linux. The various application software utilized is: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, e-mail packages, anti-viruses, Visio, and computer diagnostic software. Cisco's IOS is also taught.