Computer Technology - Computer Support Specialist Diploma
Title Computer Support Specialist Diploma  
Department Computer Technology 

Special Department Information:

Program Course Requirements

Fall Semester
COMP 1109 Introduction to Operating Systems –(3 cr)
COMP 1120 Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr)
COMP 1204 Computer Repair I – A+ Hardware (4 cr)
COMP 1230 Network Essentials (4 cr)
COMP 2202 Computer User Support (3 cr)
Total – 17 credits

Spring Semester
COMP 1121* Advanced Computer Applications (3 cr)
COMP 1206* Computer Repair II – A+ Operating Systems (3 cr)
COMP 1253* Client Operating Systems Administration (4 cr)
Choose 5 or more credits from COMP courses (5 cr)
Total – 15 credits

*Denotes Prerequisite or Co-requisite

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NOTE: Central Lakes College is a Prometric, VUE, and Certiport Authorized Test Center. All certification exams can be delivered on site.

Career Description: Computer support specialists are in high demand. They help people solve problems with their computer hardware and software. They help coworkers or people who bought their company’s products troubleshoot the problem to determine whether to make repairs or make changes to the computer setup. Computer support specialists may read technical manuals to help determine the problem, test computers to make sure they work, and help determine a company’s computer needs. At larger companies, specialists may teach staff how to use new software. A computer support specialist who works with customers may teach customers how to install software or hardware or how to use the software purchased.

Program Information: The Computer Support Specialist Program will help prepare graduates by introducing them to a wide variety of subjects in information and emerging technologies that they will encounter in the field. Subjects covered include computer troubleshooting and repair, basic networking, operating systems, supporting common end-user applications, as well as soft skills like oral and written communication and customer service. This program teaches skills needed to work for companies with small to mid-size help desks or large corporate user support centers. Our program delivers curriculum using currently released industry software, including Operating System (OS) and Network Operating System (NOS), and the instructors are industry certified professionals with years of experience in the classroom and industry. There is 100% placement of our graduates within the information technology (IT) field.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Perform computer information technology practices and procedures required for entry to mid-level employment;
  • Perform computer information technology entry to mid-level skill sets and apply theoretical principles;
  • Install, manage, configure and use functions and features of current releases of operating systems, network operating systems and applications;
  • Install , troubleshoot and repair computer equipment and peripherals;
  • Evaluate, identify and apply appropriate security standards;
  • Communicate effectively with technical and non-technical audiences.

Special Program Requirements:

Certification: This program will help students prepare for the following certifications: Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Comp TIA A+, and others. Central Lakes College is a Prometric, VUE and Certiport Authorized Test Center. All certifications exams can be delivered on-site.

Career Opportunities: The need for qualified IT professionals continues to grow. Computer support specialist careers are the fastest growing occupations in Minnesota and across the country.

Career Titles: The studies in this program will help students prepare for careers in computer support, including computer support specialist, computer repair technician, computer operator, and help desk worker.