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College Q&A: Several options available in technology field

Feb. 11, 2012 at midnight
Updated Feb. 10, 2012 at 8:11 p.m.

Katy Long

By Katy Long

I like computers, and I was thinking I'd go into a technology field. Which program at VC would help me toward a career in technology?

I would encourage you to look into the Computer Information Systems Program at Victoria College. This program will prepare you for a variety of entry-level jobs such as PC technician, network technician, LAN administrator, telecommunications technician, WLAN technician or LAN security technician.

VC's program will provide you with a foundation in networking, PC hardware, firewalls and security, wireless, and server administration with emphasis on hands-on, skill-building labs.

By the time you finish the program, you will have the knowledge you need to pass industry standard certifications such as A+, Network+, Server+, MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional), and CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate).

These professional certifications will increase your employment options and benefits.

The CIS Program at VC also provides you with flexibility in terms of how long you want to spend on your training. You may choose to work toward a Personal Computer & Local Area Network Technician certificate, which you can finish in a year.

If you want to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree, which includes general academic courses, you can finish in two years. The degree program also includes an on-the-job internship that will provide you with industry experience.

The certificate program includes classes that will satisfy requirements for the associate degree, so you may choose to begin with the certificate program and easily move on to the degree program in the future. If you decide to transfer to a university, VC's academic advisers can create a customized transfer program that will fit the requirements of any university you choose.

Employment projections for technology fields are expected to increase in our area and throughout the nation. In the Golden Crescent region, computer support specialists earn an average of $18.60 per hour, or $38,680 per year.

More information about this program can be obtained by calling 361-582-2449.

Do you have a question about Victoria College? Contact Katy Long, Marketing and Communications Department, at 361-485-6835, or katy.long@victoriacollege.edu.

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