9. Chapter 9 - Course Year 1 and Year 2 Overview

Course Year 1 Overview


The first year of the Computer Careers course is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the  Test Out PC Pro Certification exam. 


A+ Hardware and Operating Systems Technologies is a course designed to prepare students to successfully complete the CompTia A+ Exams. CompTia A+ exams are generalized exams designed to evaluate the knowledge and skills of entry level computer professionals. While completion of the test is optional, many employers look to the certification as proof of the skills of perspective employees. (Currently following the 2009 exams as amended 1/11.) This course year requires students to assemble, repair, configure and optimize modern computer systems. Students will be given a broad overview of computer systems, problems and solutions, which may be encountered during employment. Emphasis will be made to allow students to experience actual challenges with a computer, and design their solution. Working with the general public to assist in diagnosing and repairing computer systems are included in this course.



Course Year 2 Overview


The increasing computerization of today’s workplace has created the need for knowledgeable technicians, managers and administrators well-grounded in the techniques of connecting multiple computer platforms, enabling networking in diverse hardware and software environments, and providing reliable communications between all parts of the organization.  The second year of the Computer Careers course provides an overview of the essential fundamentals of networking and system administration required in today’s local area network (LAN) environment as well as a solid foundation for the student’s pursuit of industry certification, such as COMPTIA’ Network + and Cisco’s CCNA.  Specifically, the course will focus on the networking technology, including telecommunication basics, LAN fundamentals and wide area network (WAN) principles that comprise today’s complex networking environment. Students take the Test Out  NetworkPro Certification exam at the end of the course.