Computer Systems Technology

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Program Description

The Computer Systems Technology Program prepares students to enter a career in computer support as part of an Information Technology team. Students will learn how to diagnose and solve computer problems, upgrade computer systems, properly install computer components, and maintain computers in a Windows or network environment. Students gain necessary skills to become support/service/bench or helpdesk technicians.

Curriculum Components

PC system hardware and software skills Workplace safety
Computer diagnostic analysis and maintenance Introduction to digital animation technology
Principles of computer network systems Internet history and terminology
Effective management of the Windows and computer network
Digital imaging techniques for print and internet
Knowledge and applied skill in the use of various common
computer applications such as word processing,
spreadsheets, databases and presentation software
Ethical and legal implications related to media technologies
Internet administration and support Website planning and navigation

High School Credits

One math, one science, plus 4 elective credits.

Dual Enrollment

Eligible students may take up to one college course per semester.  All students at the Center for Technology, Essex may seek eligibility for enrollment in a variety of college level courses offered through the University of Vermont, Champlain College and the Community College of Vermont.  Each course can earn a student three college credits – many of which are accepted by other colleges and universities.  Motivated students who take advantage of these advanced placement programs can acquire a full semester toward their college degree.  The first year program features a dual enrollment program with CCV by which students can earn up to eight credits.  Students in the second year program can earn four credits for Cicso Networking.

Career Experiences

Work-based learning, school-to-work cooperative opportunities and apprenticeships

What’s Next

Professional certifications/credentials available

This program prepares students to take national exams which can earn them professional industry certifications such as the A+ (Computer Service Technician) often required by Information Technology support staff.

Second-Year Opportunity

Students who successfully complete the first year can apply for Year 2 to work on Network Service Technician and Cisco Certified Network Associate