Information and Communication Technology

When your computer goes down, who do you call? The information technologist (IT) is everyone’s hero when our technology goes on the fritz, whether we work in an office or study at home. The IT keeps businesses and institutions running by supporting and/or managing computer networks, analyzing, testing, problem-solving, and evaluating local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN). OCC Career Advantage offers a network technician program, along with a number of other specialized certificates that will help you enter or advance as a professional in this crucial, and exploding career field. Computer network support specialists are in huge demand in California, and they earn a high median income of $79,414. Start building the skills you need to be the company hero – read on to learn more about your options.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Introduction to Networking
Database Design and Data Warehousing
Windows Desktop Administration

Network Infrastructure Administration
Fundamentals of Information Security
Scaling Networks

Did you know?

There are currently about 4 million jobs in IT, and the sector is expected to generate an additional 488,500 jobs through 2024, according to the Association for Career Technical Education.

Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in information and communication technology. Or build upon your skills if you’re already employed in the field.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Learn to design and implement a converged network using technology from Cisco, with a focus on router configurations. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for a career in technical operation and network management. Learn to design and implement a small- to medium-sized network environment and prepare for CompTIA and Microsoft certifications. View program detail in course catalog.

Learn to deploy, build, design, optimize and operate a Linux server and desktop environment. View program detail in course catalog.

Learn to deploy, build, design, optimize and operate a Windows server and desktop environment, and prepare for CompTIA and Microsoft certifications. View program detail in course catalog.

Learn to design and implement a converged network using technology from Cisco. View program detail in course catalog.

Expand on the skills needed to design and implement a converged network, emphasizing applied management and interpersonal communication technologies. You must already have completed the Network Technician Certificate of Specialization. View program detail in course catalog.

Learn to design and implement a converged network, with an emphasis on information security and hacking defenses. View program detail in course catalog.

Learn to design and implement a converged network, with an emphasis on wireless networking, voice over IP, and home technology. View program detail in course catalog.

Learn to design and implement a converged network. View program detail in course catalog.

Learn to design and implement a converged network, with an emphasis on storage management and the cloud. View program detail in course catalog.

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information and requirements for admission. A link at the bottom of that page will take you to the CCCApply website, where you will be prompted to create an account so you can begin the application process.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program offers online, evening and weekend courses. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online classes.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone.  Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

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Jordan Clark, M.S.

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