The Computer and Networking Technology program encompasses most of the areas that make up the present day computer field. Students begin learning about the inner workings of computer system components. Emphasis is placed on diagnostics and troubleshooting with a variety of industry standard test equipment and software. Students learn the basics of computer technologies to prepare for CompTIA A+ Certification tests.

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This curriculum teaches networking based on application, covering concepts based on the types of practical network students may encounter from home and small offices, to more complex enterprise models. Students learn the basics of network, server administration and security to prepare for CompTIA Network+, Server+ and Security+ Certification tests.

Networking students will learn technology concepts with the support of interactive media and apply and practice this knowledge through a series of hands-on and simulated activities that reinforce their learning.

Students graduate from the program with a well-rounded computer background technically prepared to enter a very promising job market. Successful students may continue to pursue degrees in Cybersecurity, Data Sciences, Enterprise Technology, Information Sciences & Technology, and Security & Risk Analysis.

STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO:

  • Possess basic computer skills and science knowledge
  • Be creative and inquisitive
  • Be willing and able to learn required math skills
  • Be able to communicate effectively
  • Be able to read and write at or near grade level
  • Be physically able to lift equipment

For information on this occupation’s description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state/national wages and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s site for this career field.

DUAL ENROLLMENT

GACTC graduates can get a jump start on post-secondary education by taking advantage of the various articulation and/or dual enrollment opportunities. Review the college credit opportunities for the Computer & Networking Technology program.

Students enrolled in this program may also choose to become a “dual enrolled” student by registering with Penn Highlands Community College and receive 7 college credits while completing this program.

POSSIBLE INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Server+
  • CompTIA Security+

Tim Keener

Computer & Networking Technology Teacher
814-505-1298
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