The IT Specialist Technology program will provide students with the required skills and expertise to be employable as computer and IT support specialists to interface with IT hardware, communications, and mobile technology resources. The program prepares individuals to install, maintain, and service PC hardware and mobile IT systems as well as diagnose operational problems in these systems arising from software, mechanical , or electrical malfunctions . In addition to PC a nd mobile support, further emphasis is placed on support of computer networks, server maintenance , and cloud technologies . Courses in the IT Specialist Technology program describe the skills, equipment , software, and hardware tools to properly support the information technology industry. This program will also emphasize oral & written communication skills and professional skills necessary for IT Support Specialists.
This program is mapped to CompTIA's A+ certification objectives and supports student certification for A+. The industry standards are taken from the Computing Technology Industry Association, CompTIA A+ Practical Application (Exam Number: 220-901) objectives, and the CompTIA A+ Essentials (Exam Number: 220-902) objectives . CompTIA A+ Certification Exam Objectives can be downloaded from:
Students who successfully complete a minimum of 30 semester hours in IT Specialist technology courses may earn a career certificate. Students who successfully complete a minimum of 45 semester hours in computer servicing technology courses may earn a technical diploma. Successful completion of a minimum of 60 semester credit hours of course work in a two-year program leads to an Associate of Applied science degree. Where a transfer to senior college or university is desired, a conference should be scheduled with a community college enrollment specialist for advisement. All students completing a career or technical program must complete either the MS-CPAS (Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System) or an MGCCC board approved Technical Skill Attainment (TSA) Assessment where applicable. See our advisor for further details.