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Program Coordinator:    Mary Sullivan, LRC 217, Ext. 2415 and Tamara Lasley, LRC 206, Ext. 2503
Length:                             Three semesters (1 year beginning in summer term)

Purpose: With the increased development of business, industry, and government in Virginia, there is a need for qualified personnel in information systems technology and networking. This certificate program is designed to train personnel for full-time employment upon completion of the course requirements. In addition, the curriculum furnishes the student the option to transfer into the AAS degree programs.

Occupational Objectives: 
    Network Technician 
    Help Desk Technician 
    Computer Support Technician

Admission Requirements: A student eligible for admission to the College can normally be considered for admission to the Networking Certificate.

Program Requirements: The three-semester curriculum provides training in information systems, A+, help desk and Windows server. Proficiency in high school English and mathematics is required. Students who are not proficient in English and mathematics will be required to correct their deficiencies in developmental courses. In addition, the curriculum includes supportive courses as a preparation for entrance into the job market. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, the student will be awarded a Certificate in Networking.

Networking A+ 

Summer Session
Course Number Course Title Lec. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Crs.
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
ITE 100 Intro. to Information Systems 3 0 3
Total 6 0 6
First Semester (Fall)
SDV 101 Orientation to College Success 1 0 1
MTH 141 Business Math 3 0 3
ITN 106 Micro. Operating Systems 3 0 3
ITN 107 PC Hardware & Troubleshooting 3 0 3
ITE 182 User Support/Help Desk Principles 3 0 3
Total 13 0 13
Second Semester (Spring)
ENG 112 or 
CST 100
College Composition II or
Principles of Public Speaking
3 0 3
ITE 140 Spreadsheet Software or
1*Approved IST elective
3 0 3
ITP 100 Software Design 3 0 3
ITN 113 Active Directory (Windows Server 2008) 3 0 3
EEE 2*Social Science Elective 3 0 3
Total 15 0 15

Total Minimum Credits Required for Certificate.................................34


  1. Approved IST electives for the Networking Certificate are: ITE 150 Desktop Database Software, ITD 110 Web Page Design 1, ITP 120 Java Programming I, ITP 112 Visual Basic .NET I, ITP 132 C++ Programming, ITP 140 Client Side Scripting, ITP 240 Server Side Scripting, ITN 260 Network Security or Co-op Education. The faculty reserve the right to add courses to this list as new technology becomes available. Students are strongly encouraged to seek faculty advising in the selection of the IT elective. 
  2. Social Science electives include any course in economics, geography, history, political science/government, sociology, and/or psychology.

Note:  VHCC policy requires that students must keep their IT skills up to date.  Therefore, IT courses transferred from other institutions and IT courses completed at VHCC must not be more than 5 years old for IT majors.  If a student can demonstrate competency students, the student may appeal the rule by requesting departmental approval from the lead faculty in the IT Department.

Gainful Employment Report - Networking A+

Last updated: 9/26/2014 1:24:27 PM