C O M P U T E R N E T WO R K I N G T E C H N O L O G Y
Routing channels of communication
A BIT IS LESS THAN A BYTE.
OKAY, THAT MAKES SENSE, BUT WHAT DO BITS AND BYTES HAVE TO
DO WITH COMPUTERS? ORIGINALLY, NOTHING; BUT TODAY, EVERYTHING.
A BIT IS A SMALL DATA UNIT WHILE A BYTE STRINGS A SERIES OF BITS
TOGETHER FOR DISTRIBUTION THROUGH A NETWORK DESIGNED … BY WHOM?
THE ANSWER COULD BE YOU.
And HACC has a telecommunication program to turn you
into a networking guru and learn the protocol that is much in
demand as the unstoppable multiplication of computerization
becomes more and more a priority in the every facet of daily living.
BRIGHT FUTURE POSSIBLE
This program can put a student into the right position to secure a lucrative job
because it provides the fundamentals that conform to the high standards set by the
National Association of Communication Systems and the Computing Technology
COMPUTER Industry Association.
NETWORKING Design a network. Install a system. There is no shortage of work here because ways
TECHNOLOGY to send bits and bytes from computer to computer are essentials to transferring
Routing channels And one routing system is not the same as another. A student needs to learn
of communication the terms being used and understand how local and area networks function.
HACC’s curriculum helps students become skilled as well as versed in the specialized
language that will put them in line to find work in industry in Central Pennsylvania
and beyond. HACC grads are landing jobs in consulting firms as well as private
companies and public organizations, says Douglas L. Brown, HACC assistant
When it comes to your education, there’s professor of networking technology.
no need to put yourself in a financial
hole for years to come. HACC provides
CHOOSE YOUR PATH
HACC offers two career paths in its computer networking technology program,
high-quality education at the lowest cost including a two-year associate in applied science degree or a shorter certificate program.
in the area. Find admissions information, An associate in applied science degree requires 70 credit hours, including:
tuition and a list of the 22 south-central
n 38 credit hours of the major, including desktop support, Windows Server
Pennsylvania school sponsoring districts courses, Novell NetWare, Linux or Unix Administration, systems analysis and
that pick up part of the tuition cost for design, network communication technology, fundamentals of telecommunication,
residents at www.hacc.edu. technical aspects of operating network systems, internet working, installing and
troubleshooting PCs and electives,
HACC students receive more than
$120 million in financial aid annually. n 22 credit hours of English composition, business communications,
interpersonal communications, physical education and wellness, and electives,
To file an application for federal student
n 10-credit hours of other program specific electives.
aid, go to www.fafsa.gov.
The certificate program requires 38 credit hours, including:
To determine eligibility, contact Financial
n 32 credit hours of the major, including desktop support, Windows Server
Aid Services at (717) 780-2330. courses, Novell NetWare, Linux or Unix Administration, systems analysis and
For more information about the design, network communication technology, fundamentals of telecommunication,
technical aspects of operating network systems, internet working, installing
computer networking technology program, and troubleshooting PCs and electives, and
call Assistant Professor Douglas L. Brown
n 6 credit hours of pertinent electives
at (717) 221-1347 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. BECOME MARKETABLE
It’s not good enough to learn without a goal to make yourself employable. HACC’s
program gives you a foundation on which to build by meeting industry needs in
www.hacc.edu Pennsylvania. Demand for skilled employees is high, says Brown, adding “You can
make that work for you by getting the right training to be able to find jobs in
business offices, industry, public service and governmental agencies.”
The U.S Occupational Handbook predicts jobs will increase faster than the average
because this is an industry that keeps expanding and is expected to continue to grow.
Entry level pay is $36,000. Experience brings perks with pay escalating to $65,000
and higher. Opportunities also exist to transfer and seek management positions with
even higher salaries after seeking a bachelor degree, Brown says.
GET AN EARLY START
Those who want a taste of college while still in high school can look into HACC’s
College in the High School program, notes Ross Berger, director of Tech Prep
and Secondary Articulation.
“Students can earn up to 12 college credits for only $30 per credit at many high
HACC does not discriminate in employment, schools and vocational-technical schools in HACC’s service area,” he explains.
student admissions, and student services on Check with your local secondary and tech centers for a list of available courses.
the basis of race, color, religion, age, political
affiliation or belief, sex, national origin,
ancestry, disability, place of birth, General
THE BENEFITS OF ATTENDING HACC
HACC offers students:
Education Development Certification (GED),
marital status, sexual orientation, gender n flexibility to study part- or full-time while meeting obligations in the workplace;
identity or expression, veteran status, or n individual attention and remedial work to fulfill admission requirements, and
any other legally protected classification. n the ability to transfer credits earned to four-year institutions of higher learning.