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NSC Cyber Technology Program

Overview:

Created through a collaboration with the OPEN Platform+ program, The National STEM Consortium academic certificate in Cyber Technology is built on a 30-semester-credit model with learning outcomes mapped to the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. Graduates are prepared for entry-level Cyber positions in across industry and in government, and have an opportunity to sit for nationally recognized certifications from Cisco and CompTIA.

The National STEM Consortium (NSC) is a collaborative of ten colleges in nine states, funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant to develop one-year, 30-credit certificate programs in five Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields: Composites Technology, Cyber Technology, Electric Vehicle Technology, Environmental Technology, and Mechatronics Technology.

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Certificate Courses

PC Hardware is a study of the basic assembly, maintenance, and repair of microcomputer systems. Hardware-oriented topics covered include subcomponents, such as system board, video, memory, storage, multimedia, networking, and printers.

PC Software is a study of Windows operating systems, security and mobile devices, and troubleshooting theory and application. Topics include installation and maintenance of Windows operating systems; implementation of security features on microcomputer systems and mobile devices; installation and configuration of PC operating systems; and configuration and troubleshooting techniques for mobile operating systems Android and Apple iOS.

Network Essentials is a study of the fundamental topics and concepts of networks and network technologies. Topics covered include introductory content on networking standards, models and protocols, networking hardware, transmission methods and media, Local-Area Networks (LAN), Wide-Area Networks (WAN), Wireless, Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP), security, and network management issues.

Security Fundamentals is a study of the information security field. Topics covered include threats and attacks, network security, wireless network security, basic and advanced cryptography, business continuity, and risk management.

Cisco 1: Introduction to Networks is a study of the fundamentals of networking and information systems. Students will learn both the practical and conceptual skills that build the foundation for understanding basic networking and the parallels between human and network communication.

Cisco 2: Routing and Switching Essentials is a study of the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students will learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality.

Cisco 3: Scaling Networks describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in larger and more complex networks. Students learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality.

Cisco 4: Connecting Networks focuses on accessing wide area networks (WAN). The goal is to develop an understanding of various WAN technologies to connect small- to medium-sized business networks.

Core Skills for Computing Professionals 1 is a study of skills and knowledge required for technical positions within the computing industry. This course consists of 11 lessons. Topics covered include mathematics, communication, and critical thinking skills essential to academic and workplace success.

Core Skills for Computing Professionals 2 is a study of skills and knowledge required for technical positions within the computing industry. This course consists of 7 lessons. Topics covered include communication and critical thinking skills essential to academic and workplace success.

Core Skills for Computing Professionals 3 is a study of skills and knowledge required for technical positions within the computing industry. This course consists of 11 lessons. Topics covered include mathematics, communication, and critical thinking skills essential to academic and workplace success.

Cyber Capstone consists of five lessons along with corresponding labs and class activities. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated that they can identify the hardware and software required to build a personal computer and then build that computer.

Careers in Cyber Technology

The certificate aligns to the Customer Service and Technical Support category of the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework and prepares graduates for positions such as Computer User Support SpecialistComputer Network Support Specialist, Network and Computer Systems Administrator, or Customer Service Representative. Other job titles may be Computer Technician, Network Technician, Information Technology Specialist, Technical Support Specialist, Customer Technical Support, Help Desk Analyst, Help Desk Representative, or Service Desk Operator.

For more information, visit the Occupational Information Network(O*NET), the nation’s primary source of occupational information.

The NSC Cyber Technology Team

The program is based on the best practices of the NSC Cyber Technology Team: