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Computer Technology Overview

There's a whole lot more to 21st Century computer technology than social media, video games and iTunes. In fact, today's entire economy is driven by computers and the data they deliver. If you are comfortable with technology and are looking for a rewarding career with real long-term potential, then consider becoming a computer technology professional. And a good place to start is with computer tech career training from Everest.

As technology advances, companies will need IT specialists in ever-growing numbers. Everest can prepare you to meet this demand with IT programs specifically tailored to the needs of employers in your area.

At Everest, you will learn the basics of computer information technology in an intimate classroom setting. You will put what you learned into practice using computers equipped with some of today's most popular business software. Your instructors will be experienced IT professionals and you'll work in small groups addressing real-world IT challenges.

You'll have the opportunity to choose between information technology programs that focus on internet security and network administration issues or information technology support. One-year diploma, two-year associate degree and four-year bachelor's IT degree programs are available.

Note: Program schedules and availability vary by campus.

Computer Technology Courses

Welcome to the Information Age. Everything from business payrolls to stock trades and motion picture special effects is done via computer. Your telephone? It's probably a computer. Your television set? It contains a computer. Even your car's engine is operated by a computer.

With computers everywhere, it's no wonder that information technology (IT) is one of the more popular fields in today's workplace. Everest recognizes the importance IT plays in today's job market, and has designed computer information science programs to prepare students for rewarding careers in this exciting field.

Everest's electronics and computer technology programs offer instruction in both the fundamentals and advanced theory of computer operations. As an Everest student, you'll learn from IT professionals and then practice what you've learned on computers equipped with some of today's popular business applications. You'll learn how to create documents, produce spreadsheets, generate reports, create computer networks, protect computers from hackers and malware.

Choose from the following IT-related career training programs:

  • Computer Information Science (Associate)
  • Computer Information Science (Bachelor's)
  • Information Technology Support Specialist (Diploma)

Everest also offers specialized IT programs at select campuses:

  • Electronics and Computer Technology (Associate)
  • Network and Internet Security Specialist (Diploma)

Topics covered in Everest's IT courses include:

  • Computer Software
  • Computer Hardware
  • Peripherals
  • Network Fundamentals
  • Network Operating Systems
  • Electronic Devices
  • Integrated Circuits
  • Electrical Basics and Systems

Note: This Computer Technology program description is not necessarily reflective of every Computer Technology program offered across all Everest campuses. This is a summary of general topics learned within most schools. Please check your campus catalog for specific details about what is taught in the computer technology program near you.

Computer Technology Careers

As a graduate of one of Everest's Computer Technology programs, you can be qualified for several IT-related careers.* Choose the career that best suits your interests, talents and skills. IT careers you might consider include:

  • Computer Service Technician: Computer service technicians deal with both the hardware and software of personal computers. They diagnose and repair performance issues. They often remove and/or reinstall software, eliminate viruses and malware, switch out internal components, upgrade computer memory, etc.
  • Installation Technician: Installation technicians are responsible for adding computers to existing computer networks. They often work for large companies that have hundreds of standalone computers, printers and servers linked to one or more internal networks. The installation technician makes sure that the new computer contains the proper software, is communicating with all other elements of the network, particularly the central server(s), and that all the proper security protocols are operating.
  • Technical Support: Technical support specialists tend to work for computer hardware and software manufacturers and retailers. Usually working over the phone, they help customers who are having problems with their computers or computer applications. To be a technical support specialist, you need a deep knowledge of the product you're supporting as well as strong verbal communication skills.
  • Electronics Technicians: Electronics technicians repair computers, as well as other electronic products like televisions and radios. Some work with engineers to develop consumer products and components.
  • Medical Equipment Technicians: Medical equipment technicians specialize in diagnosing, maintaining and repairing the diagnostic and monitoring equipment used in hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices. This equipment can range from simple EEG machines to million-dollar MRI and CAT scan units.
  • Consumer Electronics Technicians: Consumer electronics technicians specialize in repairing common household electronics such as personal computers, televisions, DVRs, digital camera, cell phones, etc.
  • Support Desk Technicians: Support desk technicians are like customer support specialists, but they tend to serve employees for specific companies (usually large ones). Over the phone, they help company personnel with computer-related problems such as performance issues, lock-ups, Internet connectivity, lost passwords, networking problems, etc.

Note: Program availability, version and schedules vary by campus. Please check your campus catalog for specific details about which computer technology programs are available.

*Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.

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Financial Aid

Everest helps students reach their educational goals and reduce student loan debt in a number of ways, including institutional grants and scholarships.*

Students are encouraged to use our resources as often as needed. These services are included at no additional cost and include:

  • Answers to your federal student loan questions
  • Information on your loan servicer
  • Clear explanations of all your federal student loan repayment options
  • Information on how to reduce or postpone your monthly payment

Contact ECMC Solutions, Everest’s loan counseling partner, by phone at 1-877-331-3262 or visit its website to email or web chat: http://www.ecmcsolutions.org/.

Scholarships and Grants

The Zenith Student Grant is a multimillion-dollar institutional grant program awarded to students of Everest and WyoTech schools owned by Zenith Education Group who demonstrate financial need.

This and other financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Contact a representative by phone at (888) 223-8556 or click here to learn more.

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