Program Description This two-year program is an excellent choice for recent high school graduates and those looking for a career change. Computer Support Specialist provides students with highly marketable technical skills and the knowledge to meet the ever-changing technologies used in business, industry and a variety of institutions. Graduates will be prepared to upgrade equipment, install software, maintain data networks, manage servers and secure IT resources.
The curriculum contains core classes in computer operating systems, networking environments, and security. Students also study database design and electronic publishing. The program offers a cooperative education/internship at a local business.
Preparation Students taking Computer Support Specialist courses should be logical, detail-oriented, and interested in computers and networking. Helpful high school preparation includes taking any available computer courses (including programming, networking, and application use) and math courses (to help develop logical thinking skills). Dual credit options between Bismarck State College and a student's high school may be available.
Program Requirements Students are required to have their own modern laptop computers. Those who complete the curriculum requirements earn an Associate in Applied Science degree.
BSC Computer Support students can enhance their degree by obtaining industry-standard certification exams including A+, Linux+, Network+, Security+, CCENT, CCNA, MCSA, and MCSE.
Career Opportunities Students are prepared to work in information technology departments in various businesses and organizations. Employment opportunities are expected to grow, as research shows computer oriented careers are among the fastest growing in the country. In North Dakota, the computer and network administrator occupation is expected to increase significantly in upcoming years, making it one of the fastest-growing occupations in the state.
Career opportunities: Computer Support Specialist, ComputerTechnician, Computer Operator, Help Desk Support, Computer Systems Analyst, Data Communications Analyst, Systems Administrator, Security Administrator, Network Administrator, Network Systems Analyst, Information Systems Manager.