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IT Essentials

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If you enjoy solving problems, and want one of the country's fastest growing careers, a career in information technology may be for you. This field has many options and positions including everything from computer technical support and maintenance to computer programming and software engineering, as well as management positions in information systems and project management.

IT specialists and support people apply information technology concepts to develop computer software used to manage basic computer applications, computer generated animation in popular movies, networks and programs that allow you to purchase online, and satellites and systems that enable NASA to perform remote space exploration.

This Center of Excellence program consists of three integral parts of the computer science and information technology field and an internship opportunity.  IT Essentials is ideal for juniors and seniors interested in learning more about careers and entry-level skills in information technology or preparing for a college IT/Computer Science degree.

What you’ll learn.                  

IT Essentials: This course prepares you for a career as a network technician, help desk and and customer service positions. It provides a basic overview of routing, remote access, addressing, monitoring, security, and troubleshooting. It will familiarize you with servers that provide email services, web space, and authenticated access. This course helps prepare you for the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician certification exam.

Credit hours: You can earn up to six hours of college credit through the Metropolitan Community College.

Networking Essentials: This course familiarizes you with the equipment, applications, protocols, and design principles in enterprise networks. It focuses on switched networks, IP telephony requirements, and security and introduces advanced protocols. With IT Essentials, you will be prepared for the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification exam.

Credit hours: You can earn up to six hours of college credit through Metropolitan Community College.

Network Security:
Network Security teaches the skills needed to obtain entry-level security specialist jobs. It provides a hands-on introduction to network security. Instructors are encouraged to provide outside-the-classroom learning experiences to you. This will help you prepare for the Certified Cisco Network Associate Security certification exam.

Credit hours: You can earn up to three hours of dual college credit through the University of Central Missouri.

Internship in Network Administration
Network Administration provides seniors with an internship opportunity in the Information Technology field. Opportunities may be obtained by you with instructor approval or through instructor placement. Internships must be established before the beginning of the semester.

Schedule
This program is available during the fall and spring semesters, AM and PM.                                              

You’ll take classes at
Summit Technology Academy
777 NW Blue Parkway, Suite 3090
Lee’s Summit, MO 64086

Prerequisites                  
Minimum 2.5 GPA
90% attendance
Reading and writing at 10th grade level Algebra I, C or better
Keyboarding, minimum 30 WPM
(Algebra II, minimum grade of C in IT Essentials and at-home Internet access recommended)

Demand and Pay
Below are wages and expected employment growth according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration’s O*NET career exploration and job analysis tool. 

Computer Support Specialists (career certificate, associate’s degree or higher)
Median wages: $21.30 hourly, $44,300 annual
Number of people already in the industry:  566,000
Projected job openings (2008-2018): 234,600

Computer Security Specialists (career certificate, associate’s degree or higher)
Median wages: $32.55 hourly, $67,710 annual
Number of people already in the industry:  340,000
Projected job openings (2008-2018): 135,500

Skills, character and physical traits of successful people in this career:

To apply                 
Contact your high school counseling office to complete an application, student contract and student essay of interest. Your school will determine if you meet the program criteria. If you do not, but your counselor or principal feel you can be successful in the program, they can recommend you.

 



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