Individuals trained in microcomputer and networking systems provide problem solving services to network users. They are typically responsible for maintaining, troubleshooting and administering the use of local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) mainframe networks, computer workstations, and connections to the internet. It was only a few years ago that the terms Internet, intranet and extranet were used only in very specialized environments. Now they are part of the everyday vocabulary. The widespread use of the Internet has led to the use of routers, proxies, firewalls, VPN (Virtual Private Networks) and now cloud computing and virtualization. The new technologies that have evolved in the last few years have also led to such internet-business terms as B2B, B2C and M2M. Our program is in constant evolution from year to year as the ever-increasing changes in industry dictate changes to course content.
The focus of this program is to provide instruction and training in how to install, configure, and maintain microcomputers, operating systems, and network operating systems. The program focuses on Microsoft based systems— however, students will also be introduced to the Linux operating system in order to broaden their computer networking knowledge and skill base. The Internet and its related applications and networks are also studied. This program includes a twelve week-long internship that allows the student to acquire practical experience in the IT environment. This program is offered in English only.