Train for an Information Technology (IT) or STEM Career.
Governors State University offers fully online courses through the School for Extended Learning (SXL) that will help you learn in-demand skills for careers in Information Technology. The shift to remote work has highlighted the value of IT Network Administrators, Computer Support, and Information Security Specialists, as well as shown the ongoing need to grow and expand a technology training to meet employer demand for skilled workers.
Due to the pandemic and industry innovation, the workforce in Illinois, and particularly in Will and Cook Counties, is experiencing technological advancements and operational shifts that require workers with STEM skills. SXL offers a number of sought-after CompTIA information technology certification preparation programs that provide the necessary skills to support industry growth. Our on-site Testing Center makes it easy to complete the certification exams immediately following your course. Enroll today to gain the technical knowledge you need to succeed!
CompTIA A+ - Earn an average starting salary of $51,300Register
This online certificate course is designed to fully prepare students to sit for and pass the CompTIA A+ (Core 1 and Core 2) Certification exams. Upon completing this course, students will be able to support IT infrastructure through installing and configuring systems to secure applications, networks, and devices, perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques. This allows end users to connect to the data they need in order to do their jobs regardless of the devices being used. This certificate course prepares you for work as a Computer Support Specialist, System Support Specialist, Help Desk Technician, Desktop Support Analyst, Field Service Technician, and End User Computing Tech. With additional training and experience, Computer Support Specialists may move into managerial or supervisory roles, such as leading the IT department, or more senior roles, such as Network administrator, Senior Systems Administrator, or Server Administrator. This course counts as credit for the IT-3110 Fundamentals of Information Technology course that is part of GSU's Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree.
CompTIA Network+- Earn an average starting salary of $65,450
The Network Technician (CompTIA Network+) course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to become an IT Network Technician. This course is designed to fully prepare students to sit for and pass the CompTIA Network+ Certification exam and to function as computer professionals in multiple technical, business, and healthcare settings. Network technicians may move into managerial or supervisory roles, such as leading the IT department or become a Senior Network or Server Administrator. It is recommended that students have CompTIA A+ competencies prior to taking this course. This course counts as credit for the CPSC-4342 Introduction to Computer Networks course that is part of GSU's Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree.
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