• What will my class be like?

    The Computer Technology & Networking course is designed to equip both novice and experienced students with entry-level computer technician proficiencies. Students will work closely with the instructor, an educational technology department, and local technology businesses to better their understanding of the material covered in class. Significant lab time is provided to offer the students authentic hands-on experiences in working with computers.

    Computer Technology & Networking I

    This program will prepare students for careers in the computer field. Students will install, maintain, upgrade, and repair computer hardware & software on workstations and network systems. This program will prepare students for the A+ Certification Exam. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to diagnose hardware or software failures and perform the actions necessary to correct the problems based on knowledge of the system's operation.

    Students become adept with customer support techniques, key computer hardware architecture components such as the motherboard, processor, memory, drives, networks, power supplies, and peripheral devices for both desktop and laptop computers. Additionally, students will install, configure, and troubleshoot the significant operating systems utilized today.



    Computer Technology & Networking II

    This course builds on the skills introduced in Computer Technology & Networking I. Students learn how to connect and install multiple computers and peripherals together to create a computer network. Students build, configure, and maintain network servers along with installing and configuring a various network operating systems such as Novell, Windows, and Linux. Students learn to use troubleshooting services, system monitoring utilities, and data backup and recovery systems.

    Prerequisite:  Successful Completion of Computer Technology & Networking I

    Other topics include learning how to connect various network components such as servers, computers, and printers together using data cabling, hubs, and switches. Students learn to run, terminate, and troubleshoot data cabling. In addition, students learn how to install and upgrade software across the network, as well as map drives and share resources such as printers, software, and files. The course includes setting up and configuring various network services such as TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, VPN, terminal services, e-mail, and web services. Students learn how to secure and protect network servers and data as well as set up and configure a firewall, intrusion detection system, and encryption software for identifying and preventing potential network attacks.



     Employment Opportunities

    • Computer Support Specialist
    • Computer Technician
    • Information Specialist
    • MIS/CIS Manager
    • Network Support Specialist
    • Software Specialist
    • Systems Administrator

    Dual Credit & Certification

    Dual Credit - Year 1

    • Netw 150 - 3 credits
    • Netw 151 - 3 credits
    • CTEC 101 - 3 credits

    Dual Credit - Year 2

    • Netw 160 - 3 credits
    • Netw 167 - 3 credits

    All students will be prepared to take the CompTIA A+ Certification.



    This is the starting point for entry-level IT positions.

    The knowledge gained in this class will also prepare the student to assist with needs in the technology departments at their home school.

     Contact Information

     Kevin Schafer, Instructor schaferk@district87.org