Microcomputer Operations

Certificates

Code: 207

General Information

The global shift toward Information Technologies has produced a critical shortage of technicians skilled in the computer and networking technologies field. Data suggests that the IT industry will grow at an unprecedented rate during the next century thus further exacerbating the shortage of qualified Information Technology service technicians.

The Microcomputer Operations Certificate will provide students the opportunity to develop computer and networking skills required for the following IT industry certifications:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Net+
  • Microsoft Certified Professional
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate

Students will be prepared for employment upon mastering the Computer and Networking curriculum. The curriculum is delivered by means of modern state of the art educational technologies. Laboratory experiences will allow students to gain valuable experience working with actual industrial equipment. Students enrolled in this program will be highly encouraged to attend optional Test Prep for IT Certification Seminars where practice exams and additional test preparation materials will be made available. Testing for certification will be made available on site. Fees for testing are the responsibility of the student.

Program Requirements

Program Information Sheet – Microcompuer Operations

Purpose

Location/Facility

Classes are held on the main campus in Clifton Forge and a variety of other locations, including the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center (RRC) in Buena Vista. Facilities include classrooms, program-specific lab spaces, computer labs, offices and spaces used for student activities, student support services and a wide variety of resources to support student learning.

Formats for the delivery of many general classes include traditional lecture, compressed video, web-enhanced instruction, and independent study. For the successful completion of most courses, students are expected to attend classes, participate in labs and/or complete assignments that require additional study outside of scheduled class times. Some courses are available on an independent-study basis.

Some courses are offered every semester while others are only scheduled in the fall or spring semester or one of the college’s summer sessions. It is important to discuss academic and career plans with an academic advisor who can assist in the development of a pathway that meets each student’s needs and addresses the scheduling of courses by the college. This will assist the student in achieving their goal of completing all requirements for graduation.

Tools, Equipment and Supplies

No special tools or equipment are required for this program. Some instructors use technology to minimize the use of paper. If a student wishes to produce hard copies of documents (possible hand-outs or extra notes not provided by the instructor, then he/she will need to include the cost of purchasing paper and printing copies as part of his/her budget.

Most students purchase items routinely used for class, such as pens, pencils notebooks, calculators, etc. which may be purchased through the DSLCC Bookstore or another location.

Students are not required to purchase a computer, but most instructors will assign work for students to complete that requires the use of a personal desktop or laptop computer with internet access. It is very likely that some assignments will be made requiring students to work outside of regularly scheduled class times. Students may use computer labs on the main campus and at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center during regular business hours; however, due to some deadlines and personal schedules, students should expect situations in which they must complete work and/or submit assignments on their own time outside of college hours and should plan accordingly.

Employment Outlook

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information

Resources

Microcomputer Information – careers and a variety very useful information

Faculty

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