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Computer Information Specialist or Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information

Microsoft: MCP / Certifications: 4-6 certifications

As we become a more technology-driven society, many tasks are linked to computer systems, which in turn creates a higher demand for computer specialists who are experts in hardware and software-related computer technology. Our Computer Information Specialist program teaches the ins and outs of working with computers, and opens the door to careers working with Windows and either Linux operating systems, or Cisco networks giving graduates a broader field to choose from when searching for a position.

You don’t need extensive technical experience to pursue an exciting career in Information Technology (IT). If you’re analytical, enjoy problem-solving and new technology, and you’re looking to get established in a challenging new career, training in Microsoft, CompTIA, HTML Coding, and Cisco could be a good option for you.

This program has 2 elective tracks. One focuses on Linux Operating Systems and the second on Cisco Networking.

Elective Track 1 builds keyboarding skills and teaches the basics of VMWare, Cloud computing with Microsoft
Office 365 and the Linux operating system that can result in the Linux + Certificate from CompTIA and the LPIC 1 from the Linux Professional Institute.

Elective Track 2 adds additional networking skills with learning how to Interconnect Cisco Networking Devices and Cisco Routing and Switching. These 2 courses can result in the Cisco Certified Entry Level Network Technician (CCENT) and the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certifications. See the two career track options in tabs below.

Salary Projections & Job Outlook: Graduates from our Computer Information Specialist Program and Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information are able to pursue a variety of entry-level job opportunities, such as Computer Network Support Specialists. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the average salary for Computer Network Support Specialists is $52,160. The BLS also projects a 12% increase in employment of Computer Network Support Specialists between 2014-2024, which is much faster than the average growth projected for all other occupations. This growth is expected to account for the addition of 88,800 new positions for Computer Network Support Specialists.

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Our Computer Information Specialist program prepares graduates for entry level positions working with computer technology. Students will be given a solid foundation in selecting, installing, and configuring basic personal computing hardware and installing various Windows and Linux operating systems, installing basic productivity applications (such as Microsoft Office), setting up simple wired and wireless networks, creating and managing active directory domain, and will gain experience in working with virtualized systems. Graduates from this program will be prepared for jobs that cover a broad spectrum of computer networking services in a technically-oriented environment.
Program Course – Details
PC Support Level 1 & PC Support Level 2 – CompTIA A+ Certification – Vendor Exams: 220-901 & 220-902
Career Success – Soft skills are more important than ever and this course will help you enhance the skills you have and then develop the ones you need.
Introduction to Networking – CompTIA Network+ Certification – Vendor Exam: N10-006 or MTA-98-366 – Microsoft Introduction to Networking
Windows OS – Microsoft Certification – Windows 7, Configuring Vendor exam: 70-680
Advanced Career Development – Skill development
Network and Operational Security- CompTIA Security+ Certification – Exam: SY0-401 or Intro to Coding (HTML)
Computer Information Specialist graduates at Asher College receive career services, including information on how to search for and find that perfect job, tips on interviewing and preparing a cover letter, and assistance with resume writing. Once you graduate you can start a career as one of the following:  
  • Computer or Information Technology Services Administrator
  • Computer Support Technician
  • Network Support Technician
  • Windows Server Administrator
  • Linux Server Administrator
  • Tier 1/Tier 2 Support Technician
  • Introduction to VMWare
  • Cloud Fundamentals
  • Typing Fundamentals
  • Administering Linux Level 1 & Administering Linux Level 2 – CompTIA Linux+ Certification –Vendor Exams: LX0-103 & LXO-104
  • Advanced Networking Level 1 - Cisco CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Level Network Technician)
  • Advanced Networking Level 2 - Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Entry Level Network Associate)
  • Critical Thinking
  • Business Communication
  • Introduction to Business
  • Principles of Management
  • Business Math
  • American Government * NV students must also take Nevada Constitution