Hart Career Center
Computer Networking & Support

IT Fundamentals (1 Hr)
This class allows students to learn about the basics of what makes up a computer system, and different types of computer related technologies. Students will learn about computer hardware, operating systems, various applications, mobile devices, and networking. Topics such as basic internal PC operation, the Internet, security, and cloud based networking will also be covered. Students will use a “Pico” micro-controller and a “Raspberry Pi” computer to explore digital electronics and computer programming concepts. This class is NOT a computer applications class that teaches students how to USE a computer, but instead explores the underlying technologies that make computers do what they do!
Computer & Network Support (2 Hr)
Prerequisite: IT Fundamentals or concurrent enrollment

This class will train students in the field of Information Technology (IT) support.  Students will learn about computer operating systems, computer hardware and peripherals, mobile devices, and various utility applications.  Students will also learn about the setup of computer networks and will configure computer devices to communicate on a network. Troubleshooting computer devices and networks, as well as performing modifications and upgrades, will be emphasized.  Basic IT security concepts will also be addressed throughout the course. Training for obtaining the CompTIA A+ IT support certification is emphasized in this program. Students will be given the opportunity to get the PC Pro certification at the end of this class.

Certification: TestOut PC Professional
Networks & Cybersecurity (3 Hr)
Prerequisite: B average in IT Fundamentals and Computer & Network Support

This is an advanced three-hour class (2 hour with instructor approval) that trains students in the setup, support, and securing of local area network hardware and services.  Students will construct their own network, configure computer and network equipment, and work with Windows and Linux based servers.  Advanced concepts such as virtualization, scripting, network protocols/services, and troubleshooting will be covered. Students will also learn about how networks and systems can be compromised, and how to properly defend against different types of cyber-attacks. Cybersecurity concepts will be stressed throughout this course. Students will be given the opportunity to get an IT support certification at the end of the course.

Certification: CompTIA A+ certification

Computer Networking & Support students participate in SkillsUSA.

Faculty Craig Knight is a 1985 graduate of the Electronics Technology program at Davis Hart Career Center. He has worked as a broadcast engineer, electronics technician, and an electronics service department manager. Mr. Knight has 20 years of experience in training electronics and IT technicians in both public education and as a company training manager. Mr. Knight also works as a part-time IT consultant for area small businesses. He currently holds ISCET electronics technician certifications, and is a CompTIA A+ certified IT support technician.