Welcome to the Information Technology program. Technology now permeates all businesses and there is a real need for IT professionals for implementation and support.
Information Technology skills continue to be in high demand through 2020 according to 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 continuously increasing 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, you should check out this intensive 39-week program.
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.
The Network Support Technician I (NST I) coursework prepares students to develop a network infrastructure starting with desktop operating systems. Students learn how to image and deploy desktop operating systems using tools such as command line and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. Students then learn how to install Microsoft Server Operating Systems and build an Active Directory Domain Services (ADDS) to manage an enterprise domain environment. The program then covers the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician I (CCENTI) curriculum, which covers the first two courses of the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum. Students learn how to set up local area networks (LANs), and virtual local area networks (VLANs), using static and dynamic routing.
The Network Support Technician II (NST II) expands on the material covered in NST I covering the Cisco CCNET II course work covering subjects such as how to build IPv4 and IPv6 Multi-area Open Shortest Path First routing, EIGRP routing, and network address translations. NST II covers ADDS topics such as folder redirection, granular passwords, and NAPs. Students learn to how to use the most current versions of VMware ESXi and vCenter. The NST II also covers Microsoft’s cloud technology Azure. Students will learn to build ADDS in Azure using virtual machines and networks, they then learn to connect the virtual Azure networks to the physical ADDS infrastructure in a hybrid between the physical network and the cloud network.
The Network Support Technician coursework prepares students to support, administer and design networks. The coursework prepares students for Microsoft MTA and MCSA certifications, the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification, and VMware certification.
If you are willing to invest 10 months towards intensive training, the AVTEC Information Technology program will prepare you with the knowledge and skills to excel in the Information Technology industry.
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Information Technology graduates may earn up to 28 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.