Program Overview

Information Technology At KCTC

 

"Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are expected to add about 488,500 new jobs, from about 3.9 million jobs to about 4.4 million jobs from 2014 to 2024, in part due to a greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, more everyday items becoming connected to the Internet in what is commonly referred to as the Internet of things, and the continued demand for mobile computing."

-Bureau of Labor Statistics

How would you like a career in this challenging and interesting field?  People with computer skills are in high demand and are often paid well.  Come and explore the possibilities.  This may be the beginning of a wonderful life-long career.

The Information Technology program at KCTC is broken into a first year program and a second year program. All students must complete the first year program before moving on to the second year program.


First Year Program

Intro to IT  covers fundamental computer and career skills for entry-level IT jobs. The course includes hands-on labs that provide practical experience to prepare you for entry level IT jobs. You will work with industry equipment to develop your troubleshooting skills and practice what you learn.

Develop working knowledge of how computers and mobile devices operate.
Identify common security threats and vulnerabilities like malware, phishing, spoofing and social engineering.
Apply skills and procedures to install, configure, and troubleshoot computers, mobile devices, and software.
Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills using both real equipment.
Get immediate feedback on your work through built-in quizzes and tests.
Learn and practice essential employability skills such as teamwork, problem solving, communication, and personal management.
Connect with local business and the global Cisco Networking Academy community.


Second Year Advanced IT Program

Second year students will either learn Computer Programming or Cisco Networking.

Cisco Networking

Cisco Networking Academy prepares you for a rewarding career in a connected world. We help you learn what you need to know to do the work you love.

 Study the latest networking technologies and practice what you learn in hands-on labs and using simulation tools.
 Prepare for a professional certification, recognized by employers worldwide.

Computer Programming

The Computer Programming Class teaches you the fundamental concepts of computer programming like variable usage, conditional logic, and looping structures.  In this class, you will learn to program using C# but the fundamental concepts you learn can apply to any programming language you choose to use.  You will learn to develop console applications and build GUI applications.  You will learn Object Oriented Programming concepts.  And, you will learn how these concepts can be used to make a video game.  

Earning good grades in the programming class can get you articulated credits for Davenport University or Ferris State University or Grand Rapids Community College.  That means that you won't need to take as many classes to earn your degree.  It saves you time and money.  Additionally, starting in 2017, students can earn concurrent  enrollment credit for two programming classes; both at KCTC and at Ferris State University. The concurrent enrollment credits you earn at Ferris can transfer to any college you wish to attend. 

Better yet, earning good grades in the programming class gives you the opportunity to take the Microsoft Technology Associates in Software Development Fundamentals Exam.  When you pass the exam, you will earn real industry certification. That is just one more thing that gets you on the road to a great career.


Work, Learn and Get Paid

The IT program offers many ways to gain valuable experience on the job.  One way is through the pre-apprenticeship program.  In this program, you would work for a local company, gaining knowledge and skills and getting paid.  At the end of your time in the program, you are elegible to to apply for a Registered Apprenticeship and earn an additional $2,700 towards college tuition at Grand Rapids Community College. For more informatio contact:

Dr. Mahoney, Pre-Apprenticeship Liaison
denisemahoney@kentisd.org
616.447.2449

or visit www.thetechcenter.org/students/work-experience/ for more information.