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Get the Skills to Be a Computer Information Specialist Certificate and Degree Program

Computer Information Specialist Career Training in as Little as 11 Months*

The Computer Information Specialist Program at Asher College provides the hands-on training, practical experience and industry support it takes to pursue a rewarding IT career. We’ve designed our Computer Information Specialist certification program to work with your schedule — that’s why we offer day, evening and weekend classes, and certifications that you earn along the way as you progress.

If you’re detail-oriented, technical-minded and are interested in getting established in a professional IT career, you could be well-suited to succeed as a Computer Information Specialist.

 
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Computer Information Specialist

$83,510 median annual salary***


  • 4% Job Growth Over Next 10 Years
  • Graduates hired by computer financial firms, hospitals, & local government offices
  • Advance into Computer Programming, Computer System Management, Information Security Analysis and much more!

*** https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm#tab-5 visited on December 1, 2020. Salary source for network and computer systems administrators with lowest 10% earning $52,370 to the highest 10% of workers earning $132,520.

Becoming a Computer Information Specialist

When you train as a Computer Information Specialist, you’ll gain the fundamental skills you need to pursue your new IT career. Upon graduation, you’ll enter the professional world with hands-on training in the following 4 core areas:

1. PC Repair and Maintenance

Train in the fundamentals of PC Repair and Maintenance and learn the skills to troubleshoot, diagnose, and fix PC hardware issues. Employers require well-rounded IT personnel who are able to not only deploy a network and fix software issues, but who can also make sure that the basic business hardware is running smoothly.

2. Operating System Fundamentals

Get the skills to work confidently with the Microsoft Operating System. Once you graduate, you’ll be well versed in the fundamentals and nuances of the Microsoft OS. You’ll learn to perform key tasks such as managing devices, operating system maintenance, configuring user accounts, and installing software.

3. Networking Fundamentals

Learn the fundamentals of network setup, maintenance, and repair. You’ll be able to explain the purpose of a range of networking concepts and implement them appropriately. You’ll also know how to implement proper network policies to ensure stability and business continuity. In addition to other skills, you’ll also get trained in proper cabling and physical network storage techniques.

4. PC and Network Security

Learn the essentials of network and cybersecurity. You’ll get trained in the essential principles for network security and risk management. You’ll also be able to perform network threat analysis, configure network systems to secure applications, and understand the policies and regulations around network security.

Core Certifications

  • CompTIA A+
  • Either CompTIA Network+ or Microsoft MTA Networking Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Operating System
  • Elective: CompTIA Security+, Microsoft. Managing Modern Desktops or Intro to Coding**
  • Infrastructure Specialist – CCIOS – CompTIA IT Operations Specialist (A+/Network+)
  • Cybersecurity Specialist – CSIS – CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist (A+/Network+/Security+)

*Successfully passing these certifications will help students with a new designation to  showcase the skills they have validated through successfully earning their CompTIA certifications.

**Certification is not offered for Intro to Coding.

Additional Track 1 Certifications

  • CompTIA Linux+
  • Infrastructure Specialist CSSS – CompTIA Systems Support Specialist (*A+/Linux+)*
  • Infrastructure Professional – CNLP – CompTIA Linux Network Professional (*Network+/Linux+)

Additional Track 2 Certifications

  • Cisco CCNA – Cisco Certified Network Associate

Additional Track 3 Certifications

  • Amazon – AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • Amazon – AWS Solutions Architect

Customize Your Career Training

Another benefit of the Computer Information Specialist certification or degree program is that you also get to customize your education pathway by choosing between 3 elective tracks.

Elective Track 1: Students will be able to install, configure, and manage systems running Linux operating systems using either RedHat or Debian kernels. In addition, the student will be able to create Virtual Machines and manage Virtual Computers.

Elective Track 2: Students will be able to implement a small switched network, implement an IP addressing service, configure and trouble shoot basic operation and routing on Cisco devices.

Elective Track 3: Students will be able to implement a small switched network, implement an IP addressing service, configure and trouble shoot basic operation on AWS Platform.

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Market-Driven Education

We have an advisory board that helps shape our curriculum. This allows us to alter the curriculum based on recommendations from employers who hire our graduates.

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Classes Start Every Two Weeks

Don’t wait around to enroll — our courses begin every second week so you can start your program as soon as you’re ready. Begin your path to a new career quickly with Asher College.

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Personalized Attention

We’re a small college, which makes Asher feel like an extended family. Each instructor and faculty member will get to know you by name and help you along the way.

Asher’s Academy Partnerships

Looking to upgrade your certifications and maximize your earning potential? You’re in luck.

Asher College is proud to partner with many internationally-recognized certifying organizations. We currently offer certifications on behalf of CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, and Pearson.

Discover more about these partnerships by visiting our Academy Partnerships page. If you want to specifically learn more about our IT partnerships, then please head over to our CompTIA and Cisco certification pages.

Contact our admissions department today to learn how these certification programs could suit your career goals.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Computer Information Specialist Program, you may find work in positions including:

  • Desktop Support Specialist
  • Jr. Network Administrator
  • Network Operations Analyst
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Network Technician
  • Help Desk
Get the hands-on training you need to transform your career goals into reality. Asher College's courses were designed in consultation with industry professionals so that you get the core skills employers demand
PCS110 PC Support Level 1

Students will learn about computer and mobile device hardware, including storage devices, backup media, power supplies, CPU’s, memory, display devices, adapter cards, cooling methods, install and configure peripherals, and maintenance.  They will gain hands-on experience using networking technology, hardware, virtualization, cloud computing, and network troubleshooting. The associated industry exam is 220-1001. Certification*: CompTIA A+ (*when paired with successfully completing the CompTIA 220-1002 exam.)

Prerequisite(s): NA

PCS111 PC Support Level 2

Students will continue to build on their PCS110 knowledge by expanding their understanding of operating systems, networking, security, and software troubleshooting. The associated industry exam is CompTIA 220-1002. Certification*: CompTIA A+ (*when paired with successfully completing the CompTIA 220-1001 exam.)

Prerequisite(s): PCS110 PC Support Level 1

NET102 Introduction to Networking

Students will learn to design and implement networks, configure, manage, and maintain essential network devices, use devices such as switches and routers to segment network traffic and create resilient networks, implement network security, standards, and protocols, troubleshoot network problems and identify the benefits and drawbacks of existing network configurations, and support the creation of virtualized networks. The associated industry exam is CompTIA N10-007 or Microsoft 98-366 Certification: CompTIA Network + or Microsoft Networking Fundamentals

Prerequisite(s): PCS111 PC Support Level 2

MOS102 Windows OS (Elective)

Students will be able to deploy and maintain Windows 10 on a single computer, configure system connectivity, & manage devices and data. The associated industry exam is MD-100, Windows 10. (Microsoft)

Prerequisite(s): NA

MOS102 Managing Modern Desktops (Elective)

Student will be able to deploy and update Windows 10 across multiple computers in a cloud-based enterprise network; manage large numbers of systems easily using policies and profiles; secure enterprise devices using various compliance features; and manage apps and data.  The associated industry exam is MD-101, Managing Modern Desktops. Certification: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate* (*Combination of passing the MD-100 & MD-101 exams)

Prerequisite(s): MOS102 Managing Windows

CS101 Intro to Coding (Elective)

Students will be able to write HTML code for use in a variety of work environments. This course teaches students to create simple web pages using HTML5 tags, format web pages using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and manage HTML web pages.

Prerequisite(s): NA

SEC101 Network and Operational Security (Elective)

Students will be able to apply cybersecurity risk mitigation concepts to execute appropriate level security responses. They will practice analyzing and differentiating malware, social engineering, wireless and application attacks along with the use and application of cryptography concepts, tools and products. This foundational course also includes procedures to establish host, application and data security along with authentication services, authorization and access control. The associated industry exam is SY0-601. Certification: CompTIA, Security+

Prerequisite(s): NET102 Introduction to Networking

TF100 Typing Fundamentals

Students will learn to type a minimum of 35 words per minute. They will learn keystroke fundamentals, keyboard by touch, and proper 10-key form.

Prerequisite(s): NA

VWM101 Introduction to VMWare

Students will be able to create virtual machines and manage virtual computers which contain multiple operating systems.  Students will be taught the foundational knowledge and practice using Virtual Machines.

Prerequisite(s): NA

CFO100 Cloud Fundamentals

Students will be able to demonstrate foundational-level knowledge on the considerations and benefits of adopting cloud services in general and the Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud model.  They will also understand cloud concepts, core Microsoft 365 services and concepts; security, compliance, privacy, and trust in Microsoft 365. The associated industry exam is MS-900, Microsoft 365 Fundamentals. Certification: Microsoft 365 Certified: Fundamentals

Prerequisite(s): NA

OSL200 Administering Linux

Students will be able to use a Linux operating system to determine and configure System Architecture, manage Linux installation and package management, and install GNU and Unix commands. Students will also spend time managing devices, Linux file systems and Hierarchy Standard. Configuring Shells, Scripting and Data Management are also included in this course along with managing user interfaces, customizing administrative tasks and managing networking and security. The associated industry exam is LX0-004. Certification: CompTIA, Linux+

Prerequisite(s): NA

CNC101 Advanced Networking Level 1

Students will understand the operation of Cisco data networks, implement a switched network, and an IP addressing scheme and services to meet network requirements for a small branch office. The student will understand the administrative tasks required for a WLAN, implement and verify WAN links, and learn to identify and mitigate security threats to a network. This course has no industry exam but is part one of the two Asher courses that prepare for the Cisco CCNA certification.

Prerequisite(s): NET102 Introduction to Networking

CNC102 Advanced Networking Level 2

Students will be able to configure and troubleshoot basic operation and routing on Cisco devices, verify and troubleshoot a switch with VLANs and Interswitch communications, implement an IP addressing scheme and IP services to meet network requirements on a medium-size enterprise branch office network. Skills developed in this course include network fundamentals and access, IP connectivity and services, security fundamentals, automation, and programmability. The associated industry exam is Cisco 200-301 Certification: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Prerequisite(s): CNC101 Advanced Networking Level 1

AWS101 Cloud Practitioner

Students will be able to gain an overall understanding of Amazon web-service cloud computing concepts, global infrastructure, core services, security, architecture, pricing, and support. The associated industry exam is CLF-C01: Certification: AWS Cloud Practitioner

Prerequisite(s): NA

AWS102 Solutions Architect

Students will be able to design and deploy dynamically scalable, highly available, fault-tolerant, and reliable applications on AWS. They will be able to select the appropriate AWS services to develop and deploy an application based on given requirements and implement cost-control strategies. The associated

Six General Education Courses:

Critical Thinking (elective option)

GE101 Critical Thinking*

Students will be able to comprehend, analyze, and create inductive and deductive arguments. This course presents a variety of topics essential to a student’s development in critical thinking in additions to arguments, such as informal fallacies, modes of persuasion, perspective and bias, language and meaning, culminating in the development of reasonable strategies for belief formation. *This is an elective course. Students may substitute for GE107 Introduction to Psychology. 

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of the certificate level courses

Business Communication

GE102 Business Communication

Students will be able to develop all types of business communication including letters, memos, electronic communication, written reports, oral presentations, and interpersonal communication.  The course also includes topics of resumes, application letters, interviewing tips, and employment follow-up documents. 

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of the certificate level courses

Business Math

GE103 Business Math

Students will be able to apply math fundamentals to business applications.  Topics include a basic math review, business statistics, profit calculations, payroll, banking, interest calculations, insurance, taxes, and other business topics. 

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of the certificate level courses

Introduction to Business

GE104 Introduction to Business

Students will be able to understand business in an increasingly global society with an introduction to business terminology, concepts, environments, systems, strategies, and current issues. Topics include an overview of the business environment, business ethics, entrepreneurship, global business, management, marketing, production, information systems, and financial elements of business. 

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of the certificate level courses

Principles of Management (elective option)

GE105 Principles of Management*

Students will be able to apply effective management principles to today’s dynamic business environment.  Students will gain an understanding of the Principles of Management within the dimensions of the planning-organizing-leading-controlling (P-O-L-C) framework.  Topics include roles of personality and values in determining work behaviors, setting goals and objectives, and communication within organizations.  In addition, students will define organizational culture, structure and change while examining the role of strategic human resource management (SHRM). *This is an elective course. Students may substitute for GE108 Leadership. 

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of the certificate level courses

American Government

GE106 American Government

Students will be able to understand the intricacies of the Constitution, the complexities of federalism, the meanings of civil liberties, and the conflicts over civil rights.  This course explains how people are socialized to politics, acquire and express opinions, and participate in political life; describes interest groups, political parties, and elections—the intermediaries that link people to government and politics; details the branches of government and how they operate; and shows how policies are made and affect people’s lives. 

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of the certificate level courses

Introduction to Psychology (elective option)

GE107 Introduction to Psychology*

Students will be able to intelligently discuss intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and understand theories of motivation proposed for instincts, drive reduction, self-efficacy, and social motives. In this course students will learn about the history and understand the score of study in the field of industrial and organizational psychology. *This is an elective course. Students may substitute for GE101 Critical Thinking.  

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of the certificate level courses

Leadership (elective option)

GE108 Leadership*

Students will be able to understand and apply leadership’s crucial skill areas; those related to the foundational elements, conceptual elements, human elements, technical elements, and political elements of effective leadership. Students will hone their skill bases in these areas through assessing their own level of competence in each skill and practicing the skills to improve their leadership effectiveness. * This is an elective course. Students may substitute for GE105 Principles of Management. 

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of the certificate level courses

I couldn't have done it without Asher. The instructors are brilliant. They have no problems answering any questions... I can't convey how grateful I am for Asher College coming into my life.
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Get Real-World Experience – PC Repair Clinic

Get first-hand practice and job-preparation with our PC clinics. Asher College hosts a PC clinic every week onsite, where free repairs are offered to the community. This gives you a chance to see how you would deal with various situations while on the job. You’ll feel confident and capable when you’re able to successfully make PC repairs by yourself.

Financial Aid: Funding Your Career Training

We offer Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Veteran training benefits. Our Financial Aid administrators and School Certifying Officials will work with you to find the best financial solution to fit your needs. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. To learn more, visit our Financial Aid page.

Veterans Education Benefits: Asher College is rated a Gold Level Military Friendly® school. For over 15 years, Viqtory Media’s ranking of Military Friendly® schools has helped veterans take their education into their own hands when choosing which schools afford them the best opportunities. Military Benefits Accepted at Asher College include Chapter 31, 33, and 35. To learn more, visit our Veterans Education benefits page.

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