The Occupational Skills Awards and Certificates in the Computer Information Systems and Networking program are designed to provide students with skills needed in various aspects of information technology. Certificates are offered in the areas of programming, data base administration, and computer maintenance and networking.

Stackable Credentials

Full-Time Schedules 

Occupational Skills Award - Networking Fundamentals

Recommended Full-Time Student Schedule

Upon completion of the Networking Fundamentals Occupational Skills Award, the student will be equipped to pass both COMPTIA A+ exams and be certified in PC operating systems and PC hardware. The COMPTIA A+ certificate is recognized by the IT industry and positions the student to find employment in this area. Additionally, the student will have the ability to gain two Microsoft certifications as well as completion of prerequisites for many of the courses found in the Networking Certificate.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
ITNW 1308 Implementing and Supporting Client Operating Systems 3
ITNW 1354 Implementing and Supporting Servers 3
ITSC 1305 Introduction to PC Operating Systems 3
ITSC 1325 Personal Computer Hardware 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours12

Certificate1 - Networking

Recommended Full-Time Student Schedule

The Networking Certificate is designed to provide the student with a well-rounded education for obtaining employment as a Network or Systems Administrator. Each course in this certificate is associated with an industry exam, and in most cases, with an industry certificate. Students are also provided a co-op opportunity with local organizations. Students can take four classes to obtain an Occupational Skills Award. All courses comprising the Occupational Skills Award is included in the Networking Certificate. Additionally, the courses in this certificate may transfer to a 4-year university which offers applied science bachelor’s degrees. This is a Level One Certificate.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
ITNW 1308 Implementing and Supporting Client Operating Systems 3
ITNW 1354 Implementing and Supporting Servers 3
ITSC 1305 Introduction to PC Operating Systems 3
ITSC 1325 Personal Computer Hardware 3
ITSC 1316 Linux Installation and Configuration 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Semester #2
ITSC 1391 Special Topics in Computer and Information Sciences, General Linux 3
ITNW 1325 Fundamentals of Network Technology 3
ITNW 2312 Routers 3
ITNW 1345 Implementing Network Directory Services 3
ITNW 1353 Supporting Network Server Infrastructure 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Semester #3
ITSY 1300 Fundamentals of Information Security 3
ITNW 2305 Network Administration 3
ITNW 1480 Cooperative Education - Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 4
 Semester Credit Hours10
 Total Semester Credit Hours40
1

Denotes a certificate that is recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as a Level One Certificate.

Occupational Skills Award -Networking Fundamentals

Recommended Part-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1 (Fall)Semester Credit Hours
ITSC 1305 Introduction to PC Operating Systems 3
ITSC 1325 Personal Computer Hardware 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #2 (Spring)
ITNW 1308 Implementing and Supporting Client Operating Systems 3
ITNW 1354 Implementing and Supporting Servers 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
 Total Semester Credit Hours12

Certificate1 - Networking

Recommended Part-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1 (Fall)Semester Credit Hours
ITSC 1305 Introduction to PC Operating Systems 3
ITSC 1325 Personal Computer Hardware 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #2 (Spring)
ITNW 1308 Implementing and Supporting Client Operating Systems 3
ITNW 1354 Implementing and Supporting Servers 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #3 (Fall)
ITSY 1300 Fundamentals of Information Security 3
ITNW 1345 Implementing Network Directory Services 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #4 (Spring)
ITNW 1353 Supporting Network Server Infrastructure 3
ITNW 2305 Network Administration 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #5 (Fall)
ITSC 1316 Linux Installation and Configuration 3
ITNW 1325 Fundamentals of Network Technology 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #6 (Spring)
ITSC 1391 Special Topics in Computer and Information Sciences, General Linux 3
ITNW 2312 Routers 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #7 (Fall)
ITNW 1480 Cooperative Education - Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 4
 Semester Credit Hours4
 Total Semester Credit Hours40
1

Denotes a certificate that is recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as a Level One Certificate.