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CompTIA A+ (CS916 + CS934 CONCURRENTLY)

CompTIA A+ certification validates the latest skills needed by today's computer support professionals. It is an international, vendor-neutral certification recognized by major hardware and software vendors, distributors and resellers. CompTIA A+ confirms a technician's ability to perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking. The exams also cover areas such as security, safety and environmental issues, communication and professionalism.

CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certifications ensure the right people have the right skills. While many of the essential skills are universal, there are additional skills required to support the needs of businesses. By offering certification options for specific job scenarios, CompTIA A+ and Network+ give individuals the ability to grow their careers in a certain area, and employers the flexibility to choose the exam combination that best fits their needs.


CompTIA Network+ (CS916 + CS965 CONCURRENTLY)

Comp TIA Network+ validates the knowledge and skills of networking professionals. It is an international, vendor-neutral certification that recognizes a technician's ability to describe the features and functions of networking components and to install, configure and troubleshoot basic networking hardware, protocols and services. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Network+ candidates have at least nine months of experience in network support or administration or adequate academic training, along with a CompTIA A+ certification.

The demand for skilled network support professionals continues to grow, and CompTIA Network+ is a valuable credential to help start or enhance a networking career. In fact, many IT certifications integrate CompTIA Network+ into their curriculum. Microsoft added CompTIA Network+ into their Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) program, and other corporations such as Novell, Cisco, HP, Lotus and 3Com also recognize CompTIA Network+ as part of their certification tracks.


CompTIA Security+ (CS980 + CS985)

CompTIA Security+ validates knowledge of communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, operational security, and general security concepts. It is an international, vendor-neutral certification that is taught at colleges, universities and commercial training centers around the world. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Security+ candidates have at least two years on-the-job networking experience, with an emphasis on security. The CompTIA Network+ certification is also recommended.

Because human error is the number one cause for a network security breach, CompTIA Security+ is recognized by the technology community as a valuable credential that proves competency with information security. Major corporations such as Sun, IBM/Tivoli Software Group, Symantec, Motorola, Hitachi Electronics Services and Verisign value the CompTIA Security+ certification and recommend or require it of their IT employees.


CompTIA Linux+ (CS935 + CS967)

CompTIA Linux+ is a vendor-neutral certification, generic across distributions, that validates the knowledge of individuals with a minimum of six to twelve months of practical Linux experience. Professionals holding the CompTIA Linux+ credential can explain fundamental management of Linux systems from the command line, demonstrate knowledge of user administration, understand file permissions, software configurations, and management of Linux-based clients, server systems and security.

Because of the growing popularity of enterprise-ready platforms such as Linux, both employers and professionals realize the importance of skill validation. The industry recognizes that a CompTIA Linux+ certification is a good indicator of foundational proficiency in everyday management of Linux-based clients and basic management of server systems.


COURSE SEQUENCE


DEGREE & CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS
COMPUTER NETWORK & SECURITY MANAGEMENT (Major Code 0708.00)
30 General Education Units + 30 Units in Major
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ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE
COMPUTER NETWORK & SECURITY MANAGEMENT (Major Code 0708.00)
18 General Education Units + 12 Units of CSIT Courses + 30 Units in Major
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CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
COMPUTER NETWORK & SECURITY MANAGEMENT (Major Code 0708)
21 Units in Major + 9 Units of Electives
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CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
COMPUTER NETWORK MANAGEMENT (Major Code 0708.10 - Unique Program Code 16585)
17 Units in Major
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CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
COMPUTER NETWORK & INFORMATION SECURITY (Major Code 0708.01 - Unique Program Code 19585)
16 Units in Major
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FACULTY ADVISER

Anna Chiang (ChiangA@wlac.edu)