Computer Maintenance and Networking Technology

Grayson College’s program prepares students to support computers in a networked environment. Students become familiar with computer hardware, software and networking functionality, and will be prepared to take the COMPTIA, A+, Network+ and Server+ exams.

GC offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Maintenance and Networking which is the culmination of the certificates along with the core curriculum to produce a well-rounded employee. The Grayson College training offers the following Certificates of Completion options:

Computer Network Administration prepares the student to pass the Microsoft Certified System Administrator exams. This program covers basic networking fundamentals, LINUX, Microsoft Operating Systems, and server administration. Students will also be qualified to take the A+ and Network+ exams.

Computer Network Technician prepares students to pass the Network+ exam. This certificate covers basic networking fundamentals, LINUX, Windows 7, hardware devices and protocols. Students will also be qualified to take the A+ exam at the end of the second semester.

A+ Certificate Training for Computer Support Technician is a one-year program prepares that students for a career in the computer industry. It provides a comprehensive preparation for the A+ exam, an internationally recognized credential for computer maintenance technicians. 

Students may also enroll in many of these courses through the College’s Continuing Education division for non-credit experience and knowledge.

Course Requirements

The Computer Maintenance & Networking Technology program requires that you have a High School Diploma or an equivalent. The Associate of Applied Science Degree requires that you have met the TSI requirements.

Capstone Experience

Graduation with a Associate of Applied Science Degree in the Computer Maintenance & Networking Technology program requires successful completion of a comprehensive capstone course. Graduation with the Computer Network Technician Certificate requires the successful completion of COMPTIA’s Network+ exam or a comprehensive capstone course. And graduation with the Computer Support Technician Certificate requires the successful completion of COMPTIA’s A+ exam or a comprehensive capstone course.

Local Employers

Gunter, McKinney, Sherman, Whitesboro School Districts; Texas Workforce Commission; Internet Texoma; Grayson College; Smartech; Ruiz Foods; Angels of Care; Alorica; GCEC

Associate of Applied Science


Subject

Semester Hours



ENGL 1301 (Composition I) 3
CPMT 1303 (Intro to Computer Technology)  3
Elective* 3
ITNW 1325 (Fundamentals of Networking Technologies) 3
CPMT 1311 (Intro to Computer Maintenance)  3
ITNW 1354 (Implementing and Supporting Servers) 3
CPMT 2350 (Industry Certification Preparation) 3
CPMT 1345 (Computer Systems Maintenance)  3
Elective* 3
*Mathematics/Life & Physical Science Core 3
SPCH 1311 (Introduction to Speech Communication)  3
ITSY 1300 (Fundamentals of Information Security)  3
ITNW 1351 (Fundamentals of Wireless LANs) 3
Elective* 3
*Language, Philosophy, Culture/Creative Arts 3
CPMT 2345 (Computer Systems Troubleshooting)  3
CPMT 1349 (Computer Networking Technology) 3
Elective* 3
ITSC 1316 (Linux Installation and Configuration)  3
*Social & Behavioral Science Core 3

Degree: Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Maintenance and Networking Technology.
Capstone Experience: Graduation with the Associate of Applied Science Degree requires the successful completion of a comprehensive exit exam administered by the Computer Maintenance and Networking Technology Department.
*Approved Electives: EECT 1407, ITNW 1308, ITNW 1354, ITNW 2305, ITSC 1305, ITSW 1307, EECT 1303, CPMT 2388, CPMT 2389, CPMT 2688, COSC 1336, COSC 1337, COSC 2336, COSC 2330, IMED 1316, IMED 2315, CPMT 1391, ITSC 2339, ITSC 1309. ITSY 2317, ITNW 2355, ITSC 1342, ITSC 2325
*Please review your Student Planner or contact your Student Success Coach/Faculty Mentor to review which courses may be used to fill this degree requirement.

2 Year Certificate Programs


Computer Network Administration


Subject

Semester Hours



ITSY 1300 (Fundamentals of Information Security) 3
CPMT 1311 (Intro to Computer Maintenance)  3
ITNW 1325 (Fundamentals of Networking Technologies) 3
CPMT 1303 (Intro to Computer Technology) 3
ITSC 2339 (Personal Computer Help Desk)  3
CPMT 2350 (Industry Certification Preparation)  3
CPMT 1345 (Computer Systems Maintenance) 3
ITSC 1416 (Linux Installation and Configuration)  4
ITNW 1354 (Implementing and Supporting Servers) 3
ITNW 1308 (Implementing and Supporting Client Operating Systems) 3
CPMT 1349 (Computer Networking Technology)  3
CPMT 2345 (Computer Systems Troubleshooting)  3
ITNW 2305 (Network Administration) 3

Capstone Experience: All students must complete the capstone requirement: successful completion of a comprehensive exit exam prior to graduation.


Computer Network Technician





Subject

Semester Hours



EECT 1407 (Convergent Technologies)  4
CPMT 1311 (Intro to Computer Maintenance)  3
ITNW 1325 (Fundamentals of Networking Technologies) 3
CPMT 1303 (Intro to Computer Technology)  3
CPMT 2350 (Industry Certification Preparation)  3
CPMT 1345 (Computer Systems Maintenance) 3
ITSC 2339 (Personal Computer Help Desk) 3
ITSC 1416 (Linux Installation and Configuration)  4
ITNW 1354 (Implementing and Supporting Servers)  3
ITSY 1300 (Fundamentals of Information Security)  3
CPMT 1349 (Computer Networking Technology) 3
ITNW 2305 (Network Administration)  3
CPMT 2345 (Computer Systems Troubleshooting) 3


Capstone experience: Graduation with this certificate requires the successful completion of COMPTIA’s Network+ exam or a comprehensive exit exam administered by the Computer Maintenance and Networking Technology faculty.

1 year Certificate Programs



Computer Support Technician



Subject

Semester Hours



CPMT 1303 (Intro to Computer Technology) 3
CPMT 1311 (Intro to Computer Maintenance)  3
ITNW 1325 (Fundamentals of Networking Technologies)  3
CPMT 2350 (Industry Certification Preparation)  3
CPMT 1345 (Computer Systems Maintenance) 3
ITSC 2339 (Personal Computer Help Desk) 3

Capstone experience: Graduation with this certificate requires the successful completion of COMPTIA’s A+ exam, or a comprehensive exit exam administered by the Computer Maintenance Technology faculty.

Students earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree at Grayson College must complete fifteen semester hours of a general education core. The core courses are distributed as follows:                                                                                                     

 

Mathematics/Life and Physical Sciences (3 hours)

 

MATH 1314 College Algebra                                                         

 

MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences

 

MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I

 

MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods            

 

MATH 2312 Pre-Calculus Math

 

BIOL 1306/1106 Biology for Science Majors I

 

BIOL 1307/1107 Biology for Science Majors II

 

BIOL 1308/1108 Biology for Non-Science Majors I

 

BIOL 1309/1109 Biology for Non-Science Majors II

 

BIOL 1414 Introduction to Biotechnology I

 

BIOL 2301/2101 Anatomy & Physiology I

 

BIOL 2302/2102 Anatomy & Physiology II

 

BIOL 2404 Anatomy & Physiology (specialized, single-semester course, lecture + lab)

 

BIOL 2320/2120 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors

 

BIOL 2321/2121 Microbiology for Science Majors

 

CHEM 1406 Introductory Chemistry I (lecture + lab, allied health emphasis)

 

CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry I

 

CHEM 1312/1112 General Chemistry II

 

GEOL 1301/1101 Earth Sciences for Non-Science Majors I

 

GEOL 1303/1103 Physical Geology

 

GEOL 1304/1104 Historical Geology

 

GEOL 1305/1105 Environmental Science

 

Social and Behavioral Science (3 hours)

 

CRIJ 1307 Crime in America

 

ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics

 

ECON 2302 Principles of Macroeconomics

 

GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography

 

GOVT 2305 Federal Government

 

GOVT 2306 Texas Government

 

HIST 1301 United States History I

 

HIST 1302 United States History II

 

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

 

PSYC 2314 Lifespan, Growth & Development

 

SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology

 

SOCI 1306 Social Problems

 

Language, Philosophy, Culture/Creative Arts (3 hours)

 

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation

 

DRAM 1310 Stagecraft I

 

HUMA 1301 Introduction to the Humanities

 

HUMA 1302 Introduction to the Humanities II

 

MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation

 

PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy

 

Component Area Option (6 hours) 

 

EDUC OR PSYC 1300 Learning Frameworks           

 

SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication

 

SPCH 1315 Public Speaking

 

SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication

 

ENGL 1301 Composition I

 

ENGL 1302 Composition II

 

ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing

 

SPAN 1411 Beginning Spanish I

 

SPAN 1412 Beginning Spanish II

 

**Any of the courses listed above in the previous Component Areas may be used for the hours toward the Component Area Option.

 

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Last updated: 03/26/2018