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Information Technology Careers

Information Technology (IT) is a constantly changing field that covers every aspect of information management and processing, including implementing and maintaining numerous related technologies. IT professionals design, develop, support and manage computer hardware and software, information networks and the Internet, the latter estimated in 2013 to host 4.3 trillion live Web pages with 672 exabytes, or 672 billion gigabytes, of accessible data. Total world Internet traffic topped 43,600 petabytes that year; a petabyte is 1 million gigabytes.

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Information Technology Careers


Contact Information

Benjamin Franske
Information Technology Careers Instructor

b.franske@inverhills.edu
651-450-3575
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Admissions Team

admissions@inverhills.edu
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College Center

Information Technology (IT) is a constantly changing field that covers every aspect of information management and processing, including implementing and maintaining numerous related technologies. IT professionals design, develop, support and manage computer hardware and software, information networks and the Internet, the latter estimated in 2013 to host 4.3 trillion live Web pages with 672 exabytes, or 672 billion gigabytes, of accessible data. Total world Internet traffic topped 43,600 petabytes that year; a petabyte is 1 million gigabytes.

Real-world IT applications are essential to modern society, from basic computer software to sophisticated business networks to the systems that direct remote space exploration. A tremendous variety of lucrative career opportunities are open for capable and experienced IT professionals, especially in the area of cybersecurity. High-profile cyber attacks continue to make headlines around the world.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the digital universe, or all the digital data created by humankind, doubles every two years. By 2020, the digital universe will reach 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes, or roughly the number of stars in the actual universe.


Degrees

A.A.S. in Information Technology Support – 60 credits

Our Information Technology Support program will train you for employment providing service to computer users, including hardware and software installation and technical assistance. Coursework includes experiences and instruction in communication and problem-solving skills as well as technical training with hardware, software, operating systems, applications software and computer network operations.

Information Technology Support will prepare you to select, maintain, configure and oversee the installation of business-oriented personal computers and software. You will also know how to support and train users. The program provides you with the opportunity to achieve the following industry certifications:

  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
  • Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS)
  • Microsoft Technology Associate
  • CompTIA's A+
  • CompTIA's Linux+
  • Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS)
Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Information Technology Support Curriculum – 44 credits

Course Number Title Credits
ITC 1000 Computer Careers 1 cr
ITC 1100 Introduction to Computers 3 cr
ITC 1150 Introduction to Microsoft Access 1 cr
ITC 1200 Computer Security Awareness 1 cr
ITC 1400 IT Fundamentals 3 cr
ITC 1480 Linux Essentials 3 cr
ITC 2000 PC Hardware and Software (A+) 3 cr
ITC 2100 IT Career Success Skills and Strategies 2 cr
ITC 2189 Information Technology Careers Internship 3 cr
ITC 2410 Configuring Windows Clients 3 cr
ITC 2420 Managing and Maintaining Windows Clients 3 cr
ITC 2430 Installing and Configuring Windows Servers 3 cr
ITC 2440 Administering Windows Servers 3 cr
ITC 2480 Administering Linux Servers 3 cr
ITC 2515 OR
ITC 2510 AND
ITC 2520
Introduction to Networks and Routing and Switching Essentials (CCNA 1/2) OR
Networking Fundamentals (CCNA 1) AND
Intro to Router Configuration (CCNA 2)
6 cr
3 cr
3 cr
ITC 2900 Information Technology Careers Capstone 3 cr
Total Credits: 44

Liberal Arts Curriculum – 16 credits

Course Number Title Credits

1 See Goal 3 or 4 of the MnTC
2 See Goal 5 of the MnTC
3 See Goal 6 of MnTC

ENG 1108 Writing and Research Skills 4 cr
COMM 1100, 1110, 2230 or 2240 3 cr
Math or Lab Science 1 one course 3 cr
Social Science 2 one course 3 cr
Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature 3 one course 3 cr
Total Credits: 16

A.A.S. in Network Technology and Security – 60 credits

The Network Technology and Security program will prepare you for a rewarding career in the dynamic field of computer networking. The continued growth of the Internet, wide area networks (WANs) and local area networks (LANs) requires people with the broad knowledge and skills needed to design, manage, secure and troubleshoot sophisticated information storage, retrieval and presentation systems.

This is a rigorous educational program that covers the workings of networks from an end-user’s desktop to a remote server that could be located anywhere in the world. The curriculum has been designed to encompass many of the same competencies that are covered by several recognized industry certifications, including:

  • CompTIA’s A+
  • Server+
  • Network+
  • Linux+
  • Security +
  • Cisco CCNA
  • Cisco Security
  • Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional MCITP

Inver Hills hosts Cisco Networking Academy in partnership with Cisco. The academy provides the skills to design, build, manage and secure computer networks, including the career-ready soft skills employers require. You will learn through classroom instruction, online materials and interactive tools, and hands-on experience. By completing the Network Technology and Security A.A.S. degree, you will gain the knowledge and skills that are recognized as important for employment in the IT field.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Network Technology and Security Curriculum – 44 credits

Course Number Title Credits
ITC 2000 PC Hardware and Software (A+) 3 cr
ITC 2100 IT Career Success Skills and Strategies 2 cr
ITC 2300 IT Services and Apps 3 cr
ITC 2480 Administering Linux Operating Systems 3 cr
ITC 2410 Configuring Windows Clients 3 cr
ITC 2430 Installing and Configuring Windows Servers 3 cr
ITC 2440 Administering Windows Servers 3 cr
ITC 2510 Intro to Networks (CCNA 1) 3 cr
ITC 2520 Routing and Switching Essentials (CCNA 2) 3 cr
ITC 2535 OR
ITC 2530 AND
ITC 2540
Scaling and Connecting Networks (CCNA 3/4) OR
Scaling Networks (CCNA 3) AND
Connecting Networks (CCNA 4)
6 cr
3 cr
3 cr
ITC 2610 CCNP 1 Network Switching 3 cr
ITC 2720 Implementing Cisco Collaboration Devices 3 cr
ITC 2830 Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (CCNA Security) 3 cr
ITC 2900 Information Technology Careers Capstone 3 cr
BUS 1102 or
BUS 2320 or
ITC 2189
Principles of Customer Service or
Project Management and Planning Skills or
Computer Network Technology Internship
3 cr
Total Credits: 44

Liberal Arts Curriculum – 16 credits

Course Number Title Credits
ENG 1108 Writing and Research Skills 4 cr
COMM 1100, 1110, 2230, or 2240 Communications 3 cr
Math or Science with Lab (See Goal 3 or Goal 4 of MnTC) 3 cr
History/Social Science/Behavioral Science (See Goal 5 of MnTC) 3 cr
Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature (See Goal 6 of MnTC) 3 cr
Total Credits: 16

Certificates

Advanced Network Security Certificate – 15 credits

This certificate program provides comprehensive knowledge and skills needed for I.T. professionals who have network security and information assurance responsibilities. Courses cover the objectives encompassed by industry standards including Security+, Cisco IOS and PIX firewalls, ethical hacking, VPNs, intrusion detection, incident response, and overall security policy and practices. Participants must have CCNA certification or three years of experience as a network technician, administrator or analyst in a Cisco environment.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Advanced Network Security Curriculum – 15 credits

Course Number Title Credits
ITC 2480 Administering Linux Operating Systems 3 cr
ITC 2820 Information Systems Security Advanced 3 cr
ITC 2830 Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (CCNA Security) 3 cr
ITC 2840 Advanced Network Security 3 cr
ITC 2900 Information Technology Careers Capstone 3 cr
Total Credits: 15

Advanced Network Technology Certificate – 15 credits

This certificate provides I.T. employees with knowledge and skills needed to assume additional or higher-level responsibilities for a large networked environment. The curriculum includes essential security concepts that are critical for all I.T. team members and provides flexibility for various levels of current competence and areas of emphasis. Participants must have CCNA certification or three years of experience as a network technician, administrator or analyst in a Cisco environment.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Advanced Network Technology Curriculum – 15 credits

Course Number Title Credits
ITC 2480 Administering Linux Operating Systems 3 cr
ITC 2830 Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (CCNA Security) 3 cr
ITC 2710 Wireless LAN Technology (CCNA Wireless) 3 cr
ITC 2620 CCNP Network Routing 3 cr
ITC 2630 CCNP Network Troubleshooting 3 cr
Total Credits: 15

IP Telephony Certificate – 15 credits

IP Telephony is to the new generation of telecommunications as electricity replacing the steam engine was to the Industrial Revolution. This technology holds explosive potential as voice, data and video converge onto a single platform, unifying communications in a way that will transform every aspect of our lives, our businesses and our society.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

IP Telephony Curriculum – 15 credits

Course Number Title Credits
ITC 2720 Implementing Cisco Collaboration Devices 3 cr
ITC 2730 Quality of Service (QoS) 3 cr
ITC 2740 Cisco IP Telephony: Integration (Part I) 3 cr
ITC 2750 Cisco IP Telephony: Integration (Part II) 3 cr
ITC 2760 IP Telephony: Enterprise Planning and Design 3 cr
Total Credits: 15

IT Help Desk Certificate – 15 credits

This program provides the knowledge and skills for employment in entry-level positions that support end-users of technology in a networked environment. Students will learn the essential components and function of the hardware and software used in specific desktop applications. Interpersonal relations and customer service will be covered.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

IT Help Desk Curriculum – 15 credits

Course Number Title Credits
ITC 2000 PC Hardware and Software (A+) 3 cr
ITC 2510 Network Basics (CCNA 1) 3 cr
ITC 2410 Configuring Windows Clients 3 cr
ITC 2420 Managing and Maintaining Windows Clients 3 cr
BUS 1102 or
BUS 1125 or
ITC 2189
Principles of Customer Service or
Management of Customer Service or
Information Technology Careers Internship
3 cr
Total Credits: 15

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) Certificate – 15 credits

Microsoft has dominated business computing for many years now. This certificate will provide the student necessary skills to compete in today’s business environment, and will provide the student the opportunity to achieve MCITP certification.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) Curriculum – 15 credits

Course Number Title Credits
ITC 2410 Configuring Windows Clients 3 cr
ITC 2420 Managing and Maintaining Windows Client 3 cr
ITC 2430 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 3 cr
ITC 2440 Administering Windows Server 3 cr
ITC 2450 Configuring Advanced Windows Server Services 3 cr
Total Credits: 15

Office Technology Certificate – 15 credits

This certificate is designed to prepare individuals to work in a variety of office settings that require knowledge of Microsoft Office computer skills.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Office Technology Certificate Curriculum – 15 credits

Course Number Title Credits
OSYS 1101 Keyboarding 2 cr
ITC 1110 Microsoft Word 3 cr
ITC 1130 Introduction to Excel 1 cr
ITC 1131 Intermediate Excel 1 cr
ITC 1135 PowerPoint 1 cr
ITC 1150 Introduction to Access 1 cr
ITC 1151 Intermediate Access 1 cr
ITC 1160 Project Management Software 2 cr
ENG 1130 Writing and Research for the Professions 3 cr
Total Credits: 15
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Course Descriptions

ITC 0090  Digital Literacy   1.0 cr

Introduces basic computer concepts and skills so that people can use computer technology in everyday life to develop new social and economic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities. Whether you are entirely new to computing or have some experience, this course will help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers. The Digital Literacy course helps you develop the essential skills you need to begin computing with confidence.

ITC 1000  Computer Careers   1.0 cr

Introduce the wide variety of jobs available in computing and information technology. Includes discussion of educational requirements, work environments and typical positions for many careers including programmers, developers, network administrators, systems administrators, security analysts, information technology managers and others. Students will develop a plan of study for their career of interest. Recommended for students considering a career related to computers and information technology.

ITC 1100  Introduction to Computers   3.0 cr

Introduces the use of computers as tools for creating, communicating and organizing information. The course covers the basic concepts related to computer information systems. It provides hands on experiences on the following software applications: File Management (working with Windows) and Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and Outlook). Prerequisites: ITC 0090 (formerly CIS 0090) or Microsoft Digital Literacy Certification. Course Note: The prerequisite for this course will be waived upon proof of passing a digital literacy placement test, contact instructor for details.

ITC 1200  Computer Security Awareness   1.0 cr

Provides an opportunity to work with common security threats and issues, as well as ways to counteract them. In today's organizational environment, almost every role involves working with computers in some manner. Recent events indicate that security breaches can happen with almost any computer user, at home or office. Prerequisite: ITC 0090 (formerly CIS 0090) or Microsoft Digital Literacy Certification. Course Note: The prerequisite for this course will be waived upon proof of passing a digital literacy placement test, contact instructor for details.

ITC 1400  Windows Operating Systems Fundamentals   3.0 cr

Examines the fundamental functions of the Windows Operating System and prepares the student for the Microsoft Technology Associate Windows Operating Systems Fundamentals certification. Student may test out of this course by completing the Microsoft Technology Associate Windows Operating Systems Fundamentals Certification.

ITC 1480  Linux Essentials   3.0 cr

Covers the fundamentals of the Linux operating system, command line interface, and essential open source software concepts. This course is designed for students new to Linux and takes a hands-on approach to exploring the day-to-day operation of a command line Linux system and is aligned to the LPIC Linux Essentials industry certification.

ITC 2000  PC Hardware and Software (A+)   3.0 cr

Presents an in-depth exposure to computer hardware and operating systems. Students learn the functionality of hardware and software components as well as suggested best practices in maintenance and safety issues. Students learn how to assemble and configure a computer, install operating systems and software, and troubleshoot hardware and software problems. This course helps students prepare for CompTIA's A+ certification exam, which covers the knowledge and skills essential for becoming a successful computer technician. Prerequisites: Placement into ENG 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

ITC 2100  IT Career Success Skills and Strategies   2.0 cr

Prepares information technology (IT) students to enter the IT job market or successfully transition into a new career in the IT field. Students will learn effective IT job search skills as well as strategies that will serve to enhance their IT careers once they have obtained employment.

ITC 2189  Information Technology Careers Internship   3.0 cr

Provides a supervised work experience utilizing and extending the skills learned in ITC Information Technology Careers courses. The experience is intended to result in new learning and increased capabilities for the intern and the completion of authentic work for the sponsoring organization. Internships may be arranged upon the mutual agreement of the student, instructor and sponsoring organization. Internship depends on student qualifications and a successful interview for a particular position. Interns are required to abide by all policies governing employees and meet expectations of regular employment. Prereq: Permission of instructor, available position, approval of sponsor.

ITC 2250  Special Topics in Information Technology & Careers   cr

Examines current topics in computers, networking or security. Allows students to pursue industry certifications and topics not normally covered in ITC courses. This course is not regularly offered, students interested in pursuing additional certifications should contact an ITC instructor for more information. Prerequisites: Prerequisites will vary based on topics selected. Requires instructor consent.

ITC 2300  Information Technology Services and Applications   3.0 cr

Introduces current technologies and network applications commonly supported and used by information technology professionals above and beyond basic infrastructure or servers, operating systems, and network devices. Provides the concepts behind and hands-on lab experience with at least three technologies such as VoIP/collaboration, security monitoring, visualization, storage networking, mobile/BYOD device management which are transforming the IT landscape.

ITC 2410  Installing and Configuring Windows Clients   3.0 cr

Covers the features and procedures to deploy, support and troubleshoot the Microsoft Windows 10 client operating system in the enterprise environment. Includes the planning, installation, configuration, and management of Windows, networking, storage, and authentication.

ITC 2420  Configuring Windows Devices   3.0 cr

Provides in-depth study of configuring and maintaining a Windows 10 client environment in the enterprise. Topics include identity management, desktop and device deployment, device management, client network configuration, storage configuration, data access and protection, client remote access, desktop application support, and system updates and recovery.

ITC 2430  Installing and Configuring Windows Servers   3.0 cr

Provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to implement a core Windows Server infrastructure in an enterprise environment. The course covers topics on implementing, managing, maintaining, and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server environment including server storage, high availability, containers, and Hyper-V configuration.

ITC 2440  Windows Server Identity & Directory Services   3.0 cr

This course provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to configure and administer identity and directory services in a Windows Server enterprise environment. Includes the installation, configuration, management, and maintenance of Active Directory, group policy, certificate services, and identity federation.

ITC 2450  Windows Server Networking   3.0 cr

Provide students with advanced skills and knowledge needed to implement and administer network services in a Windows Server enterprise environment. Topics include the domain name system, DHCP, IP address management, distributed file system, and high performance networking.

ITC 2480  Administering Linux Operating Systems   3.0 cr

Covers the basic installation, configuration and maintenance of Linux systems including X Windows. A major focus of this course is learning the Linux command line interface for system administration tasks. This course helps students prepare for CompTIA's Linux+ certification or the Linux Professional Institute's LPIC-1 certification, which cover the knowledge and skills essential for becoming a successful Linux administrator. Prerequisites: ITC 2000 & ITC 2410.

ITC 2510  Introduction to Networks (CCNA1)   3.0 cr

Introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for understanding networking and security. By the end of the course, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

ITC 2515  Introduction to Networks and Routing and Switching Essentials (CCNA 1/2)   6.0 cr

Introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks as well as the configuration of basic router and switch protocols and configuration. The fundamentals of IP addressing, Ethernet, router and switch configuration are practiced through hands-on lab work. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPng, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

ITC 2520  Routing and Switching Essentials (CCNA 2)   3.0 cr

Describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPng, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Routing and Switching Essentials is the second in a sequence of four courses focusing on preparation for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification.

ITC 2530  Scaling Networks (CCNA 3)   3.0 cr

Describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in larger and more complex networks. Learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. Configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement a wireless LAN in a small-to-medium network. Scaling Networks is the third in a sequence of four courses focusing on preparation for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification.

ITC 2535  Scaling and Connecting Networks (CCNA 3/4)   6.0 cr

Explore and configure the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in larger and more complex local and wide area networks as well as network services required by converged applications. Technologies included in this course include WAN layer two protocols, wireless, OSPF, EIGRP, VPNs, and STP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Students will understand the selection criteria of network devices and technologies to meet network requirements as well as practice their configuration and troubleshooting.

ITC 2540  Connecting Networks (CCNA 4)   3.0 cr

Discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. Understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network. Connecting Networks is the final course in a sequence of four courses focusing on preparation for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification.

ITC 2610  CCNP 1 Network Switching   3.0 cr

Develops advanced knowledge and skills in building complex enterprise level switched networks using the Cisco Enterprise Campus Architecture. Topics will include advanced layer 2 technologies such as Ether-channel load balancing, MST, advanced spanning-tree, switch spanning and remote spanning, switch security features, and first hop redundancy. This is the first of three courses designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that correlate with the Cisco Certified Network Professional examination.

ITC 2620  CCNP 2 Network Routing   3.0 cr

Develops advanced knowledge and skills in building enterprise level routed networks and applications. This is the second of three courses designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that correlate with the Cisco Certified Network Professional examination. Prerequisites: ITC 2540.

ITC 2630  CCNP 3 Network Troubleshooting   3.0 cr

Prepares students to conduct advanced-level network diagnosis and corrective action. Combines previous knowledge and skills with proven troubleshooting methodology, tools and processes designed to quickly and accurately determine performance issues and corresponding remedies. Course also covers administrative and documentation issues related to network performance and troubleshooting. This is the last of three courses designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that correlate with the Cisco Certified Network Professional examination. Prerequisites: ITC 2610, ITC 2620.

ITC 2710  Wireless LAN Technology (CCNA Wireless)   3.0 cr

Provides a comprehensive overview of the design, planning, implementation, operation and troubleshooting of Wireless LANs. Includes theoretical foundations of the technology as well as implementation of wireless technology in various application contexts. Special emphasis is given to security and best practices within an existing local area network. Prerequisites: ITC 2520 or CCENT Certification or CCNA Certification

ITC 2720  Fundamentals of Voice over IP (CCNA Voice)   3.0 cr

Introduces features and implementation of Voice over IP (VoIP) and Unified Communications (UC) technologies. Concepts covered include knowledge of administrator and end-user interfaces, telephony and mobility features, and Cisco UC solutions maintenance. This course helps students prepare for the first exam of the CCNA Collaboration industry certification.

ITC 2730  Quality of Service (QoS)   3.0 cr

Covers the design and implementation of a quality of service structure to prioritize voice and data applications across the network. In addition, students will properly configure the LAN and WAN architectures to support voice, video, and data convergence in the enterprise network. Prerequisites: ITC 2720.

ITC 2740  Cisco IP Telephony Integration (Part I)   3.0 cr

Covers the design and implementation of a quality of service structure to prioritize voice and data applications across the network. In addition, students will properly configure the LAN and WAN architectures to support voice, video, and data convergence in the enterprise network. Prerequisites: ITC 2730.

ITC 2750  Cisco IP Telephony Integration (Part II)   3.0 cr

Introduces more advanced features of Cisco Unified Communications Manager and CME, integration of additional Cisco products such as Survivable Remote Site, Quality of Service configurations and resource allocations to support ad-hoc conferencing and transcoding resources. Prerequisites: ITC 2740.

ITC 2760  IP Telephony: Enterprise Planning And Design   3.0 cr

Analyzes and develops the business and technical requirements for an IP Telephony environment. In addition, the students will define basic and effective financial models, performing "Return on Investment" (ROI) and "Total Cost of Ownership" (TCO) calculations to support migrating to an IP Telephony architecture. Prerequisites: ITC 2750.

ITC 2820  Information Systems Security Advanced   3.0 cr

Focuses on the managerial aspects of information security and assurance. Topics covered include access control models, information security governance, and information security program assessment and metrics. Coverage on the foundational and technical components of information security is included to reinforce key concepts. The course includes up-to-date information on changes in the field, such as national and international laws and international standards like the ISO 27000 series. Prerequisites: ITC 2430, ITC 2480, ITC 2530.

ITC 2830  Implementing Cisco Network Security (CCNA Security)   3.0 cr

Provides an introduction to the core security concepts and skills needed for installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices. An emphasis on practical experience develops specialized skills for securing networks. This course assists in preparation for the Implementing Cisco Network Security (IINS) certification exam leading to the Cisco CCNA Security certification.

ITC 2840  Advanced Network Security   3.0 cr

Expands the scope and depth of the skills and knowledge acquired in previous network security courses by focusing on the advanced capabilities of network defense strategies including Virtual Private Networks (VPN), Host Intrusion Detection Systems (HIDS) and Network Intrusion Detection Systems (NIDS). Students will learn the evolution and current best practices of applying these technologies, which are universally deployed in networks of all sizes. Prerequisites: ITC 2830 or CCNA Security Certification

ITC 2900  Information Technology Careers Capstone   3.0 cr

Provides students an opportunity to work with an inside or outside organization in a team environment on a course-long project. Focuses on concepts of problem identification, brainstorming, design, problem solving, teamwork, creativity and evaluation. Present findings in oral and written formats to faculty and industry representatives. This course integrates knowledge and skills attained throughout the Information Technology Careers programs and should be taken your final semester. Pre-requisites: ITC 2430, ITC 2480.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for information security analysts in the U.S. to grow 37 percent between 2012 and 2022, or much faster than average. Combined with a high median salary (more than $86,000 annually), that strong growth makes pursuing a career as an cybersecurity professional a smart choice if you are considering a career in the IT field. Network and computer systems administrators earn a median salary topping $72,000 a year. U.S. News & World Report ranked computer systems analyst #7 on "The Best 100 Jobs" in 2015; the BLS projects a 25 percent growth by 2022, or much faster than average. Median salary is nearly $80,000 a year.

In-demand areas for cybersecurity professionals:

  1. Mobile security
  2. Data analytics
  3. Security analysis
  4. Application security
  5. Security architecture and investigation
  6. Point-of-sale systems
  7. Hacking expertise and penetration testing
  8. People skills

Potential jobs in IT support and network tech and security

Below are just a few examples of possible career paths that can start with earning an Information Technology Support A.A.S. or Network Technology and Security A.A.S. degree at Inver Hills.

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Why Inver Hills?

Completing your IT support or network tech and security degree obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. Help others by quickly solving their critical technology needs
  2. Build, upgrade, and repair computers and other hardware
  3. Work in a professional help desk and network administration environment
  4. Design, setup, and maintain the systems that run the Internet
  5. Protect networks and servers from frequent attacks by utilizing advanced cybersecurity tactics
  6. Work with powerful networks, severs, firewalls, and more
  7. Receive an excellent education with one-on-one interactions with IT careers faculty
  8. Get hands-on experience working in IT careers labs
  9. Save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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