- On the Job Training / Experience
- Peers Teaching Peers
- Team Building
- Project Management
- Competition with other schools
- Customer Support Experience
- Student Computer Club
The Guthrie Center, one of the first schools in the nation to offer Computer Maintenance and Computer Networking programs at the secondary level, maintains its’ position as a leader in the field. We offer hands-on training utilizing the latest networking and computer hardware in our labs combined with updated online curriculum to remain current with industry standards.
Computer Maintenance curriculum provides an introduction to the computer hardware and software skills needed to help meet the growing demand for entry-level information and communication technology (ICT) professionals. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of PC technology, networking, and security, and also provides an introduction to advanced concepts. Students who complete this course will be able to describe the internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install an operating system, and troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software. Computer Maintenance helps students prepare for entry-level ICT career opportunities and the CompTIA A+ certification. This technical certificate helps students differentiate themselves in the marketplace to advance their careers.
Cisco Networking 1 and 2 classes teach networking based on application. Covering concepts within the context of network environments students may encounter in their daily lives (small office and home office) to more complex enterprise and theoretical networking models. Both classes are designed for students with basic PC skills and foundational math and problem solving skills and are a perfect follow up to Computer Maintenance. The curriculum offers an engaging learning experience for more visual and kinetic learners since a large number of labs encourage hands-on practice. Students successful in these classes will be prepared for entry-level career opportunities, continuing education, and the globally recognized Cisco CCENT and CCNA certification exams.
The Computer Technician practicum allows you to apply what you learned in other classes. Computer technicians must be well-versed in multiple computer systems and network functions. The ideal candidate will be able to diligently and accurately apply solid problem-solving skills to fix issues and ensure functionality. Some of the responsibilities include: hardware setup, install and configure software and drivers, maintain and repair tech equipment and peripherals, design and install well-functioning LAN/WAN and other networks and manage network components, manage security options and software in computers and networks to maintain privacy and protection from attacks, perform regular upgrades and updates, troubleshoot system failures and provide solutions to restore functionality, arrange maintenance sessions to discover and resolve inefficiencies, keep records of repairs and fixes for future reference, provide just-in-time technical support, and develop your professional soft skills needed for success.
- CCENT (Networking Year 1)
- CCNA (Networking Year 2)
- Comptia A+ (Computer Maintenance)
- Apple Certified….
Computer Networking Pathway
- Networking 1
- Networking 2 (Practicum in IT)
- Practicum in Information Technology 2 or Internship in IT related area or Computer Technician
Computer Service Technician Pathway
- Computer Maintenance
- Computer Technician Practicum
- Practicum in Information Technology 2 or Internship in IT related area
2020-2021 Course Offerings
This program will prepare you to take CompTIA’s A+ Certification exam. With this certification, you will be ready to go to work in the high-tech and high-paying IT jobs of tomorrow. Through hands on activities and labs, you will learn how to assemble and configure computers, install operating systems, software, and set up/troubleshoot hardware, software and networks.
Technical Certification Attainable: Comptia A+ Certification
This program will prepare students to take the Cisco CCNA or CCENT Certification exams. With these certifications, you will be ready to go to work in the high-tech and high-paying IT jobs of tomorrow. Through hands on activities and labs, you will learn how to configure routers and set up small networks using many commercial design and network administrator tools.
Technical Certification Attainable: CCENT (Cisco Entry Networking Technician)
Networking 2 – IT Practicum
In this second year of Cisco Networking, you will gain additional knowledge and experience in preparation of CCNA/CCENT certifications.
Prerequisite: Minimum C average in Networking 1 is required.
Technical Certification Attainable: CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate)
Computer Technician Practicum
Do you think you have a clear understanding of building and repairing a computer or designing and maintaining a network from your earlier computer classes? If so, put that knowledge into action as you apply your knowledge and skills to a variety of settings and problems. Apply with current CT instructor for entry into this class for next year.
Prerequisite: Minimum C average in Computer Maintenance or Networking.