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Computer and Network Technician Certificate and Degree Program

Computer and Network Technician Career Training in as Little as 9 Months*

The Computer and Network Technician 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 and Network Technician 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 and Network Technician.

 
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Computer and Network Technician

$63,460 median annual salary***


  • 8% Job Growth Over Next 10 Years
  • Graduates hired by computer software vendors, help-desk service firms, & computer repair companies
  • Advance into Web Development, Software Quality Assurance, Database Administration and much more!

*** https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-support-specialists.htm#tab-5 visited on December 1, 2020. Salary source for computer network support specialists with lowest 10% earning $38,990 to the highest 10% of workers earning $106,420.

Becoming a Computer and Network Technician

When you train as a Computer and Network Technician, you’ll gain fundamental skills that you’ll need to pursue your new IT career.

Upon graduation, you’ll enter the professional world with hands-on training in the following 5 core areas:

1. PC Repair and Maintenance

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

2. Operating System Fundamentals

Get the skills needed 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 key concepts, including Managing Devices, Understanding 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 learn how to decide on 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. Microsoft Office Essentials

Get the skills to work the Microsoft Office program suite. You’ll receive hands-on training in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Outlook so that you can adequately respond to a variety of user issues.

5. Choose an Elective of Your Choice

Learn the essentials of network cybersecurity, to deploy and maintain Windows 10, or how to write HTML code and create simple websites.

Is a Career as a Computer and Network Technician Right for You? Take the Asher "IT Career Training Readiness Quiz"

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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.

Get Certified and Start Applying for Your New Career as You Train

Take courses you know will lead to industry-recognized certifications. Asher College offers you training in courses that give you the chance to get certified by the likes of Microsoft or CompTIA.

Core Certifications

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+ or Microsoft Networking Fundamentals
  • CompTIA IT Fundamentals
  • Elective: CompTIA Security+, Microsoft Windows 10 or Intro to Coding**

Note: A combination of the exams below can earn you two additional CompTIA certifications.

  • (A+/Network+) Infrastructure Specialist – CCIOS – CompTIA IT Operations Specialist
  • (A+/Network+/Security+) Cybersecurity Specialist – CSIS – CompTIA Secure Infrastructure

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Computer and Network Technician program, you may start your career applying to work as a:

  • Computer Technician
  • Computer Support
  • Hardware Technician
  • Hardware Support
  • Desktop Technician
  • Desktop Support
  • Network Technician
  • Network Support

Associate Degree Option Available

Want to take your education to the next level? Take these six additional classes (4 weeks each) and earn your Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer and Network Technology:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Business Communication
  • Business Math
  • Introduction to Business
  • Principles of Management
  • American Government
  • Nevada Constitution (Nevada students only)

Graph showing Projected Employment Change and Median Earnings with Assoc. Degree, Less than high school diploma, and with a high school diploma: Associate's Degree is 11% and $52,830; High School Diploma is 5.1% and $36,100

By completing an Associate Degree, you’ll demonstrate to employers that you’re ready for supervisory or management responsibilities based on the additional investment that you’ve made in your education. We’re also willing to accept transfer credits from other institutions on a case by case basis.

*https://www.bls.gov/emp/chart-unemployment-earnings-education.htm

Career Success Class

Career Service courses and activities are on-going throughout the program at Asher College.

An instructor works with you one-on-one to teach you about the soft skills that employers look for when hiring. Learn about the communication skills, resume preparation, cover letter writing, and interview tactics that will help prepare you for your new career.

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
PCS100 Computer Fundamentals

Students will be able to identify and explain the basics of computing, IT infrastructure, software development, security concepts, and database use. The associated industry exam is FC0-U61. Certification: CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+).

Prerequisite(s): NA

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

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

MOE100 MS Essentials

Students will be able to perform essential functions in Word, Excel & Outlook. They will learn to navigate the software and create documents, workbooks, and emails while using Microsoft’s tools and short-cuts. Students identify features to open, navigate, edit and print documents in Word, format data in a spreadsheet and create formulas in Excel, and manage messages, tasks, and appointments in Outlook, resulting in the entry-level skills necessary to use these programs in the work environment.

Prerequisite(s): NA

VMW101 Introduction to VM Ware

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

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

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

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

CS101 Career Success

Student will be able to maximize their potential by being mindful of how self-talk impacts their habits, attitude, beliefs and expectations. Students also learn strategies to eliminate procrastination and achieve goals. Each student will complete a DISC profile to better understand their preferred communication style, how it relates to their own personal and professional development and how their DiSC style relates to others.

Prerequisite(s): NA

CD201 Advanced Career Development

Students will be able to search for a job within their field of study, conduct themselves professionally in a job interview and provide a resume tailored to each job position applied for. This course is designed for three particular points of views; those looking to change careers, those looking to advance their career and those who are entrepreneurs and want to start their own business. Career Services will put your career goals first, it is time you did as well.

Prerequisite(s):  Students must have completed 80% of their program.

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.
Ervin Reed, Associate of Applied Science in Computer Specialist and Networking

Get Real-World Experience in Our 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.

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