Computer Support & Networking Technology Certificate

Today's businesses are continually demanding greater use of new information technologies in order to remain competitive in our ever-expanding economy. Obtaining a Computer Support & Networking Technology Certificate from Zarem/Golde ORT Technical Institute, will prepare graduates to handle important issues involving the implementation of these newer technologies, such as configuring Cisco and Microsoft Networks, implementing SQL Server and Oracle databases, administering network security, managing computer service and repairs, operating different software packages, writing business proposals, and preparing presentations. Information and Computer Systems managers are essential in planning an organization’s future, maintaining Internet support, and supervising security operations.

The Networking concentration trains students in the area of network infrastructure and security. The program of study for this concentration includes theoretical and practical components, preparing entry-level networking technicians to design, install, monitor, maintain, secure and enhance network infrastructure. Graduates of the program will be able to design and implement an infrastructure consisting of various networking devices and components such as clients, servers, routers, switches, hubs, and cabling systems.

Credits obtained by students while in the Computer Support & Networking program may be transferable to two-year and/or four-year programs at other colleges and universities worldwide. In order to earn the Computer Support & Networking Technology Certificate at Zarem/Golde ORT Technical Institute, a student must complete 38 credits.

According to recent data and statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook overall employment of computer networking is projected to increase by 30 % from 2008 to 2018, adding 286,600 new jobs over that period.


Computer Support & Networking Technology

Length of Program:

40 weeks

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Admission Requirements:

Students must be high school graduates or the equivalent, obtain passing scores on the school's entrance examination including an English and Math competency exam. For those who are not able to demonstrate the required level of competency, we offer remedial courses in Math and English reading and composition. Prospective students will also be interviewed by the Admissions Department. Class size is limited to one student per computer. Average class size is 12 students but no more than 15.


More Information
Admissions Office
Zarem/Golde ORT Technical Institute
5440 Fargo Avenue
Skokie, Illinois
Phone: 847-324-5588

Course Requirements

38 Credits
CP100 Computer Essentials
4 Credits
CS201 PC Hardware
3 Credits
CS202 PC Operating System
3 Credits
CS203 Network Essentials I
4 Credits
CS204 Network Essentials II
4 Credits
CS205 System Administration I
3 Credits
CS206 System Administration II
4 Credits
CS207 Server Administration I
4 Credits
CS208 Server Administration II
4 Credits
CM101 Communication Skills & Cultural Studies
4 Credits
EP101 Employment Preparation
1 Credit


The students will:
• Gain both the knowledge and skills needed to be confident and ready to work as a Computer Technician/Help Desk Support in the IT industry
• Enhance their knowledge of System and Server Administration
• Obtain hands-on knowledge of server configuration, client connectivity, security, networking, Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, troubleshooting, optimization and backup/recovery of critical data

Employment Opportunities

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The Institute’s Computer Support and Networking Technology program is designed to prepare students to be qualified entry level computer support technicians and network administrators. Graduates are able to repair PC based computers, install, troubleshoot, operate and administer PC hardware and software. When you complete ORT’s training you will be able to provide basic support for office application programs. You will also become proficient in computer networking, learn to troubleshoot Windows systems and perform essential PC support tasks and network administration.

  • Computer Support/Administrator

  • IT Assistant

  • IT Manager

  • Helpdesk

  • Technical Support Specialist

  • Computer Systems Analyst

  • Computer Network Technician

  • Network Systems Administrator