Technology now permeates all businesses and there is a real need for IT professionals for implementation and support. Information Technology skills will continue to be in high demand through 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With the exponential growth in technology hardware and services, including the growing investment in cloud and mobile networks, IT professionals will see a continuous increase in demand. This translates into real opportunities for anyone interested in entering the IT industry, someone looking to change their current employment situation, or a person starting a second career. If taking advantage of these opportunities has seemed out of your reach, this intensive 38-week program can help you get a foot in the door.
What sets the AVTEC Information Technology program apart from other IT programs is the amount of hands-on experience a student receives using real networking and server equipment. The Information Technology program is unique in that students are not required to share equipment. As an example, during the Cisco portion of training students have their own pod of three routers and three switches that they use to configure local area networks. Students then connect their pods to other student pods to form wide-area networks. Students also have their own servers that they use throughout the program to build peer-to-peer and domain environments.
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Information Technology graduates may earn up to 34 credits on their University of Alaska transcript while in attendance at AVTEC. These credits may be directly applied to an advanced IT degree at the UAF campus.
The field of information technology (IT) covers all aspects of managing and processing information. IT professionals design, develop, support, and manage computer software, hardware, and networks. In addition to the Information Technology program certificates, students can also prepare for and earn the following industry certifications.
Microsoft Modern Desktop (Windows 10)
Microsoft Azure Desktop Virtualization
Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching (CCNA)
VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization
Students must test at a 12th-grade reading level prior to acceptance in the program. Students should also have basic keyboarding skills and be competent using a personal computer.
This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills to install and configure Windows Server 2019 Active Directory Domain Services in a distributed environment, implement Group Policies, perform backup and restore, and monitor and troubleshoot Active Directory related issues.
Introduction to Networks (ITN) is the first of three Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA) v7 courses that are aligned to the CCNA Certification Exam. Students gain a basic understanding of the way networks operate and will learn about network components and their functions, as well as how a network is structured, and the architectures used to create networks, including the internet. But ITN is about more than learning networking concepts. By the end of this course, you will be able to build local area networks (LANs), configure basic settings on routers and switches, and implement internet protocol (IP). In ITN, every concept that you learn and skill that you develop will be used in the rest of the CCNA curriculum.
Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials (SRWE) is the second of three Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA) v7 courses that are aligned to the CCNA Certification Exam. SRWE advances your knowledge of the operation of routers and switches in small networks. SRWE will introduce you to wireless local area networks (WLANs) and network security concepts. By the end of this course you will be able to configure advanced functionality in routers and switches. You will also be able to perform basic troubleshooting of these components. Using security best practices, you will troubleshoot and resolve common protocol issues in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. The skills and knowledge you gain in SRWE will prepare you for the final course in CCNA.
Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation (ENSA) is the third of three Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA) v7 courses that are aligned to the CCNA Certification Exam. ENSA will take the skills and knowledge that you learned in ITN and SWRE and apply them to wide area networks (WANs). WANs are large, complex networks that require advanced understanding of network operation and security. ENSA also introduces you to two game-changing areas of networking: virtualization and automation. By the end of this course you will be able to configure, troubleshoot, and secure enterprise network devices. You will be versed in application programming interfaces (APIs) and the configuration management tools that make network automation possible.
When you have completed ENSA, you will have gained the practical experience you need to prepare for the CCNA certification exam. You will also have the skills required for associate-level roles in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) industry.
This course introduces students to network and applications infrastructure concepts and configurations provided by Window Server 2019. Students will learn to implement and configure secure network access and implement fault tolerant storage technologies. Students will gain an understanding of the network technologies most commonly used with Windows Server 2019 and IP- enabled networks. Students will also learn how to secure servers and maintain update compliance.
Windows Azure is Microsoft’s application platform for the public cloud. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offers a powerful way to take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing by allowing the provisioning of infrastructure resources such as virtual machines, networks, and storage. Students will learn how to access Azure and implement Active Directory Domain Services using virtual machines and networks. Students will develop hybrid services connecting on-premise domains with the domains they have developed in Azure.
This course introduces students to VMware installation, configuration, and management. Students will learn to configure and manage ESXi networking and storage, use vCenter Server to monitor resource usage, scale the vSphere virtual interface, and manage changes to the vSphere environment.
This course introduces students to network security principles that affect physical network resources and cloud-based resources.
During the Industry Externship, the student will work in an IT position with a cooperating employer. Learning objectives are established which provides an opportunity for the student to apply the skills learned in previous courses. The student finishing an approved capstone project may also complete this course.