Information Technology Training

Computer Hardware

The Information Technology offerings at the Schmidt Training and Technology Center are real-life oriented: theory, hands-on, and problem-solving based. Hardware courses take advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities so you can do hands-on experiments and detailed exercises, giving a solid, practical foundation in your technology area. All learning and progress is competency-based. Most of the fundamentals courses use interactive, individualized self-paced learning, while the more advanced courses utilize instructor-led learning.

Each of the programs outlined below has open enrollment and lets you start on your own schedule. Contact 610-372-4721, ext. 5220 for more information.

A+ Series: IT Essentials

IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software covers the fundamentals of PC computer technology, networking, and security, and also provides an introduction to advanced concepts. IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software is a hands-on, e-learning solution with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop fundamental computer skills, along with essential career skills. This curriculum also helps students prepare for the CompTIA A+ certification.

Course Description
The IT Essentials courses is designed for students who want to pursue careers in IT and students who want to gain practical knowledge of how a computer works. Students who complete this course will be able to describe the internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install an operating system, and troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software. Students will also be able to connect to the Internet and share resources in a network environment. Additional topics covered include laptops and portable devices, wireless connectivity and basic implementation skills, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), security, safety and environmental issues, applied network configuration and troubleshooting skills, and communication skills. Hands-on lab activities are essential elements that are integrated into the curriculum. Labs are designed to supplement learning and provide "hands-on" experience with physical equipment.

Prerequisite: general knowledge of the use of a computer

IT Essentials- Fundamentals
ZCOM 336
$1,650 tuition. Textbook additional. Includes test fee.
Approximate time to complete: 100 hours

IT Essentials- Advanced
ZCOM 337
$1,550 tuition. Includes test fee. (use book from COM 336)
Approximate time to complete: 100 hours

A+ Certification Prep
ZCOM 325
$175 for 20 hours
Suggested prerequisite: ZCOM 336 and ZCOM 337 or three years work experience in the field.

CISCO Networking Academy

CCNA Routing and Switching

The Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum is designed for students seeking entry-level jobs in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry or hoping to fulfill prerequisites to pursue more specialized ICT skills. The program provides an integrated and comprehensive coverage of networking topics, from fundamentals to advanced applications and services, while providing opportunities for hands-on practical experience and career skills development. The program is composed of four courses. After the first two courses, students will be prepared to sit for their CCENT certification exam. At that point, students can continue their studies in other concentration areas including CCNA Routing and Switching and CCNA Security.

Introduction to Networks
ZCOM 413
$795 tuition. Textbook additional.
Approximate time to complete: 90 hours

The Network Basics course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. Students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

Routing and Switching Essentials
ZCOM 414
$975 tuition. Includes test fee. Textbook additional.
Approximate time to complete: 90 hours

This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

Scaling Networks
ZCOM 415
$795 tuition. Textbook additional.
Approximate time to complete: 90 hours

This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a larger and more complex network. Students learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, STP, and VTP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement DHCP and DNS operations in a network.

Connecting Networks
ZCOM 416
$975 tuition. Includes test fee. Textbook additional.
Approximate time to complete: 90 hours

This course discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course enables students to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement IPSec and Virtual Private Network (VPN) operations in a complex network.

CCNA Security

Security and risk management skills are among the most highly sought after skills in networking. Organizations around the world are experiencing a shortage of qualified IT candidates with the specialized knowledge and skills needed to administer devices and applications in a secure infrastructure, recognize network vulnerabilities, and mitigate security threats.

The Cisco® Networking Academy® CCNA® Security course provides a next step for individuals who want to enhance their CCNA level skill set and help meet the growing demand for network security professionals. The curriculum provides an introduction to the core security concepts and skills needed for the installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices.

Upon completion of the CCNA Security course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the security threats facing modern network infrastructures
  • Secure network device access
  • Implement AAA on network devices
  • Mitigate threats to networks using ACLs
  • Implement secure network management and reporting
  • Mitigate common Layer 2 attacks
  • Implement the Cisco IOS firewall feature set
  • Implement the Cisco IOS IPS feature set
  • Implement site-to-site IPSec VPNs
  • Administer effective security policies

ZCOM 408
$1,275 tuition. Includes test fee. Textbook additional.
Approximate time to complete: 90 hours

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