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 Ken Dreistadt at 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
$1,540 tuition
Approximate time to complete: 200 hours (65 hours of lab time)

IT Essentials- Advanced
ZCOM 337
$1,445 tuition
Approximate time to complete: 100 hours (65 hours of lab time)

CISCO Networking Academy

CCNA Routing and Switching

Th e 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 + $125 for textbooks
Approximate time to complete: 85 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
$795 tuition + $125 for textbooks
Approximate time to complete: 85 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 + $125 for textbooks
Approximate time to complete: 85 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
$795 tuition + $125 for textbooks
Approximate time to complete: 85 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 riskmanagement 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

$995 tuition + $130 for textbooks.

Microsoft Training for IT Professionals

Take all courses for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Server Administrator or take individual courses depending on your needs and interests.
Total for MCSA (does not include certification exam prices): $3,716 + $720 for textbooks

Windows 7 Configuring
ZCOM 501
$929 tuition + $180 for textbook
Approximate time to complete: 60 hours (30 hours of lab)

For IT professionals who are interested in expanding their knowledge base and technical skills about Windows 7 Client. In this course, students learn how to install, upgrade, and migrate to Windows 7 client. Students then configure Windows 7 client for network connectivity, security, maintenance, and mobile computing. This course helps students prepare for the Exam 70-680, TS: Windows 7, Configuring, the first step toward your MCSA Server Administrator certification.

Windows Server Active Directory Configuration
ZCOM 502
$929 tuition + $180 for textbook
Approximate time to complete: 60 hours (30 hours of lab)

This course covers the fundamentals of Windows Server Active Directory. This course prepares you for the exam 70-640: TS: Windows Server Active Directory, Configuring, the second step toward your MCSA Server Administrator certification. This course provides in-depth training on implementing, configuring, managing and troubleshooting Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Windows Server environments. It covers core AD DS concepts and functionality, as well as implementing Group Policies, performing backup and restoring and monitoring and troubleshooting Active Directory related issues. After completing this course students will be able to configure AD DS in their Windows server R2 environments.

Windows Server Network Infrastructure Configuration
ZCOM 503
$929 tuition + $180 for textbook
Approximate time to complete: 80 hours (30 hours of lab)

This course describes the fundamentals of a Windows Server Network Infrastructure. This course prepares you for the exam 70-642: TS: Windows Server Network Infrastructure, Configuring, the third step towards your MCSA Server Administrator certification. This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to configure and troubleshoot Windows Server R2 Network
Infrastructures. It will cover networking technologies most commonly used with Windows Server R2 such as DNS, DHCP, IPv4 and IPv6 network addressing, Network Policy server and Network Access Protection and configuring secure network access. It also covers fault tolerant storage technologies, Network Storage and routing and remote access, monitoring and compliance updates as well as other relevant technologies.

Windows Server Administration
ZCOM 504
$929 tuition + $180 for textbook
Approximate time to complete: 80 hours (30 hours of lab)

This course is intended for IT professionals who are interested in the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and implement a Windows Server and Windows Server R2 environment. It incorporates both the planning of the server infrastructure and key aspects of the implementation, management and maintenance of Active Directory and Network Infrastructure. It covers the most important job tasks for Server Administrators who are responsible for the planning, operations, and day-to-day maintenance of Windows Server R2 servers in the enterprise. This course prepares you for the exam 70-646 PRO: Windows Server Server Administrator, the fourth and final step towards your MCSA Server Administrator certification.

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