Information Technology Program
SCIT's Information Technology program trains students to configure, administer and manage Microsoft and Cisco based computer networks for entry level IT positions found in virtually every industry. All equipment, including a laptop computer, is included in the program cost.
- 8 MONTHS
- LAB-BASED TRAINING
Half Lecture, Half Lab Projects
Train for Your IT Certifications by Working on Projects in Labs
Students build enterprise simulating networks through hands-on training in the Computer Networking Lab (netLAB). Using Cisco equipment and Microsoft software, students prepare for multiple industry recognized certifications, including:
- CompTIA A+ and Network +
- Cisco CCNA
- Microsoft MCSA
SCIT COMPUTER NETWORKING LAB (netLAB)
Students spend about 50% of their time learning with hands-on projects in our networking labs
The program is designed for students to learn about both introductory and advanced concepts of computer networking in the classroom, and then transition to the netLAB to work on and troubleshoot computer hardware, software and LAN/WAN networks. This hybrid classroom and lab learning gives students the knowledge and skills needed for a career in the IT field.
The netLAB simulates the real environment students will face in their field. In the lab, students will train to install, administer and configure IT hardware and software for a variety of business needs (from small business to large enterprises). Some of the IT hardware and software students use in the lab include:
- Virtual Windows and Linux Servers
- Wireless Access Points and Controllers
IT Training Courses
Course topics build from networking fundamentals to advanced IT concepts to suite both beginner and experienced students. The program includes:
- Computer Hardware Fundamentals: Students study PC hardware components and current operating system administration of workstation computer systems. The majority of the course revolves around the CompTIA A+ certification. While in the lab, students will have a chance to tear apart and build computers. They will also learn how to create and configure virtual machines.
- Networking Fundamentals: Basic networking concepts such as IP addressing, subnets, RJ45 crimping, OSI Model are studied in this course. It will prepare students for Cisco CCENT (ICND1) certification and CompTIA Network+ certification. In the lab, students learn to crimp wires (Ethernet cables and Cat5e) and connect computers to physical routers and switches.
- Routers: Using Cisco based routers, students will study configuration, administration and troubleshooting. In the lab, they will work on multiple routers to simulate a business networking environment. The course and lab work will prepare students for Cisco CCNA certification.
- Switches: Students study configuration, administration and troubleshooting of Cisco based switches. They will learn about VLANS, STP, switch security / redundancy, and other switch technologies. The course and lab work will prepare students for Cisco CCNA certification.
- Security / Wireless: In this course, students study wireless networking and basic security principles. Students will learn about identity and access management, common threats and vulnerabilities, cryptography and PKI, and installing/maintaining wireless networks. The course and lab work will prepare students for the CompTIA Security+ certification.
- Windows Servers: Students will study the installation, configuration, administration and troubleshooting of windows servers in this course. They will learn about active directory, DNS, DHCP, file share, print share, Hyper-V virtualization, server security, VPN, failover clustering, backups, and configuring domains. The course and lab work will prepare students for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification.
Should I Work in IT?
A career IT isn't for everyone. You will need to have the following skills to be successful:
- Analytical Skills - Industry professionals work on technology that requires workers to read and understand what technical manuals are showing them.
- Communication Skills - As an IT expert, there will be many technical words and concepts that colleagues may not understand. Part of your job may include teaching colleagues with less computer skills what it means in terms they can understand. You should enjoy helping others succeed.
- Curiosity - IT professionals are naturally curious people who enjoy learning and always want to know how things work.
- Creativity - The industry is always changing and evolving. IT professionals who excel stay on top of trends and often offer solutions to problems that require outside the box thinking.
- Problem Solving - Many of the situations you face will feel like a puzzle. You should enjoy looking at something that should be working, but isn’t, and troubleshooting how to fix it.
- Project Management - It’s not uncommon to work on several projects at the same time. IT professionals have to be good at meeting deadlines and managing projects in an environment where goals can change as problems arise.
Many IT related positions require degree level studies in addition to experience. Graduates of the IT program may have an opportunity to pursue a Bachelors of Science Information Systems degree (BSIS) at SCIT after they complete their diploma. Degree courses are offered in the evening, allowing students to work during the day while studying at night toward a degree.
Near graduation, students begin to work with the SCIT Career Services Office to create resumes, prepare for interviews, and pursue leads from employers who recruit from SCIT. Each graduate is assigned a career services advisor who works directly with the graduate to help find employment opportunities that are within the scope of the graduates career goals.
The Career Services Office works closely with students to pursue job opportunities; however, SCIT does not in any way guarantee placement. Students interested in the Information Technology program are encouraged to research and learn more about the IT field to make sure it is right for them.