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Option #1: Certified Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA) Infrastructure

Program Description:
Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is a recommended entry point into IT certification and job preparation. Pass just one exam and you’ll earn a certification, taking your first step toward a career in technology. If you are just starting your IT career path or are looking to enhance your understanding of IT fundamentals, MTA will validate your core knowledge. MTA is an optional industry-recognized certification for those pursuing a career path in IT infrastructure, database design, or software development using Microsoft technologies.

Employment Outlook:
Computer support specialists provide help and advice to people and organizations using computer software or equipment. Some, called technical support specialists, support information technology (IT) employees within their organization. Others, called help-desk technicians, assist non-IT users who are having computer problems. Employment of computer support specialists is expected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be favorable.

Source: US Department of Labor- Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

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Pre-requisite(s): None

Each program should be taken in the following order:

DOE: MICRO0076 (MTA) – Operating System

  • Understanding Operating Systems
  • MS Operating System Configurations
  • Installing and Upgrading Client Systems
  • Managing Applications, files and folders
  • Understanding OS Maintenance & Devices
DOE: MICRO0078 (MTA) – Networking

  • Understanding Network Infrastructure
  • Understanding Network Hardware
  • Using Switches, Routers, and Media Types
  • Network Protocols and Services
  • Learning the OSI Model, IPv4, IPv6, TCP/IP
 

Option #2: CompTIA A+ and Network+

Each program should be taken in the following order:

MS Certified Office User I

  • Understanding Electronic Communication
  • Hardware: CPU, Power Supply, HD, Memory
  • Disk Drive Technology, Printing, Connectivity
A+ PC Software

  • Telecommunications: Modems and Internet
  • Software: OS, Instillation, Maintenance
  • Upgrading: Software & Security
 
DOE: COMP006
Network + I

  • Network Theory, Communications and Delivery
  • Network Media Hardware and Implementation
  • TCP/IP, IP Services, Network Security
Network + II

  • LAN/WAN, Remote Services, Troubleshooting
  • Network Storage: NAS and SAN
  • Network Troubleshooting and OS

Option #3: Certified Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA) Development

Program Description:
Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is a recommended entry point into IT certification and job preparation. Pass just one exam and you’ll earn a certification, taking your first step toward a career in technology. If you are just starting your IT career path or are looking to enhance your understanding of IT fundamentals, MTA will validate your core knowledge. MTA is an optional industry-recognized certification for those pursuing a career path in IT infrastructure, database design, or software development.

 

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Employment Outlook:

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or other device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or control networks. Employment of software developers is projected to grow 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. The main reason for the rapid growth is a large increase in the demand for computer software.

Source: US Department of Labor- Bureau of Labor Statistics

Each program should be taken in the following order

DOE: MICRO071 (MTA) – Windows Development

  • Understanding Core Programming
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Understanding General Software Development
  • Understanding Web Applications
  • Understanding Desktop Applications
DOE: MICRO0073 (MTA) – .NET Foundations

  • Understanding .NET Framework Concepts
  • Namespaces and Classes in .NET Framework
  • Understanding .Net Code Compilation
  • Understanding I/O Classes in .NET Framework
  • Security: Authentication and Authorization
DOE: MICRO0072 (MTA) – Web Development

  • Programming Web Applications: ASP.NET
  • Working with Data Services: XML, DataSet
  • Troubleshooting & Debugging Web Applications
  • Working with Client-Side Scripting
  • Configuring and Deploying Web Applications
DOE: MICRO0074 (MTA) – Gaming Development

  • Understanding Game Design, player motivation
  • Hardware: Input and Output Devices
  • Developing Graphics: Game State and Objective
  • Understanding Animation: Characters, Objects
  • Fundamentals of Physics Simulation