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Fundamentals of Computer Information Specialist Certificate Program

Fundamentals of Computer Information Specialist Training in as Little as 8 Months*

Gain the hands-on training, practical experience, and industry support it takes to begin a successful IT career with Asher College’s Fundamentals of Computer Information Specialist (F-CIS) certificate program. Offered in a hybrid learning format, the Fundamentals of Computer Information Specialist (F-CIS) certificate program allows you to complete much of your coursework online while receiving hands-on training and in-person instruction through on-campus visits. This flexible learning format is designed to work for you and your busy schedule, so you can balance your work, personal life, and your educational goals.

If you enjoy working with computers, are good with new technology, and are interested in a career with a high potential for growth, Asher’s Fundamentals of Computer Information Specialist program could be a good choice for you!

 
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Fundamentals of Computer Information Specialist (F-CIS) Certificate Program

Asher College’s Fundamentals of Computer Information Specialist certificate program prepares students for immediate entry-level employment in the IT field in roles such as Computer Field Technician, Computer Hardware Technician and Computer & Network Support Technician.

At Asher, students learn the comprehensive knowledge and fundamental skills necessary for success in this growing field. Through required courses, including PC Support Level 1 & 2, Windows OS, Introduction to Networking, and Advanced Networking Level 1, students learn a variety of marketable skills and prepare for important industry certifications. In the Windows OS course, students learn to deploy, configure, secure, manage and monitor Microsoft devices and client applications. The introductory and advanced networking courses teach students network and security protocols, including how to design and implement functional networks, as well as how to configure, manage, and maintain network devices, support the creation of virtualized networks, and troubleshoot network problems. Additionally, students take required Career Success and Advanced Career Development courses, which teach the professional and employment preparation students need to move into their new careers after graduation.

Asher College is a CompTIA Academy Partner, and the Fundamentals of Computer Information Specialist program prepares students with the skills to test for important CompTIA and Microsoft certifications. CompTIA certifications are known as foundational to an IT professional’s career, and employers value these industry certifications. This program prepares graduates for the CompTIA IT Fundamentals and CompTIA A+ Certified Technician certification exams, the CompTIA Network+ or the Microsoft Network Fundamentals certification exam, a Microsoft Windows 10 exam and contains one of two courses needed to earn the Cisco CCNA certification.

Asher’s F-CIS program is offered in a Hybrid format. Students complete the majority of their coursework online, and come to campus to meet with faculty, attend lectures, participate in hands-on training, work on course material, or complete exams. Our most successful students come to campus approximately three days a week for hands-on training and in-person instruction. If you are new to the industry and want extra hands-on instruction, we welcome you to come to campus to get even more supervision and practice!

A Degree is Easy as 1, 2, 3

Students who start in the F-CIS program can easily transition into the more comprehensive Computer Information Specialist program. Students take an additional two courses, and are prepared to obtain two additional certifications, the CompTIA Security+, and the Cisco CCNA exam. Take your education one step further and earn your Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Computer Information Specialist by adding six general education courses.

Transfer Credits

At Asher College, we realize time is money. If you already have valid industry certifications or credits from another college, bring us your transcripts during the enrollment process and we will determine what might transfer into the program. If you are already working in your field and want to “challenge” a course prior to beginning a program, we are happy to help you explore that option too.

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Is a Computer Information Specialist Career Right for You? Find Out! Take the Asher "IT Career Training Readiness Quiz"

This fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. IT Career Training Readiness score now >>

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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 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

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

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

CS101 Career Success

Students 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.

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 – 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: Veterans Education Benefits: Asher College 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.

Is a Rewarding Career as a Computer Information Specialist Right for You? Get More Info…

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