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



First Semester

ENGL 1301 3
CPMT 1303 3
Elective* 3
ITNW 1325 3
CPMT 1311 3

15


Sesond Semester

ITNW 1354 3
CPMT 2350 3
CPMT 1345 3
Elective* 3
Mathematics/Life & Physical Science Core 3

15


Third Semester

ITSY 1300 3
ITNW 1351 3
Elective* 3
Language, Philosophy, Culture/Creative Arts 3

15


Fourth Semester

CPMT 2345 3
CPMT 1349 3
Elective* 3
ITSC 1316 3
Social & Behavioral Science Core 3

15
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.

2 Year Certificate Programs


Computer Network Administration


Subject

Semester Hours



First Semester

ITSY 1300 3
CPMT 1311 3
ITNW 1325 3
CPMT 1303 3

12


Second Semester

ITSC 2339 3
CPMT 2350 3
CPMT 1345 3
ITSC 1416 4

13


Third Semester

ITNW 1354 3
ITNW 1308 3

6


Fourth Semester

CPMT 1349 3
CPMT 2345 3
ITNW 2305 3

9
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



First Semester

EECT 1407 4
CPMT 1311 3
ITNW 1325 3
CPMT 1303 3

13


Second Semester

CPMT 2350 3
CPMT 1345 3
ITSC 2339 3
ITSC 1416 4

13


Third Semester

ITNW 1354 3
ITSY 1300 3

6


Fourth Semester

CPMT 1349 3
ITNW 2305 3
CPMT 2345 3


9
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



First Semester

CPMT 1303 3
CPMT 1311 3
ITNW 1325 3

9


Second Semester

CPMT 2350 3
CPMT 1345 3
ITSC 2339 3

9
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: 06/19/2017