The NSC Cyber Technology certificate combines rigorous academic training with hands-on projects, a skills-based capstone, and the opportunity to sit for industry certification exams. This outcomes-based program is built upon the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, which maps the Cyber industry and outlines essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) for each position. The NSC Cyber Technology certificate teaches the KSAs for "Customer Service and Tech Support" job category and partially prepares students for the CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ exams as well as the Cisco CCNA exam.
The program builds a solid, entry-level foundation for a new career in this varied, dynamic, and challenging industry. Cyber workers are in demand in all branches of government, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and American corporations lose up to $1 trillion per year due to security breaches, according to The Economist magazine. The need is ever-present and growing.
Completers of the program earn an academic certificate that can be applied to an Associate's Degree. Courses cover the following learning outcomes (mapped to industry certification exams):
- Theory and Troubleshooting Microcomputers 1 (A+ Hardware)
- Theory and Troubleshooting Microcomputers 2 (A+ Software)
- Network Essentials (Network+)
- Security Fundamentals (Security+)
- Cisco 1: Network Fundamentals (Cisco CCNA)
- Cisco 2: Routing Protocols and Concepts (Cisco CCNA)
- Cisco 3: LAN Switching and Wireless (Cisco CCNA)
- Cisco 4: WAN Implementation and Support (Cisco CCNA)
- Cyber Capstone (hands-on, skills-based project to research, build, test, and present a network solution)
- Core Skills for Computing Professionals 1-3
Core Skills for Computing Professionals scaffolds the technical curriculum. It pairs developmental math, communication, and professionalism modules developed by the NSC STEM Bridge Team with industry-specific soft skills developed by the Cyber Team and embedded throughout technical courses.
Graduates are prepared for jobs in Customer Service and Technical Support, for example: Information Technology Specialist, Computer Technician, Help Desk Analyst, Technical Support Specialist, Network Support Specialist, or Network Technician. For information about the field, see "Computer User Support Specialists" from the Department of Labor.
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