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Linux Training in California

Objective: Empire College students will be able to implement various Linux platforms and fully deploy their capabilities in the Specialized Associate Degree – Information Technology program’s Linux concentration option at Empire College. This Linux certification training program is designed to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge of the Linux operating system and installation, configuration, system management and troubleshooting.

There is also a study of the basic concepts of Linux File systems, Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) design, backup procedures, SAMBA (Windows interconnectivity), IP routing, Domain Name Service (DNS), Apache Web Server, network file system, security models and standards, authentication, and KVM virtualization. Students also study the basics of Cisco routers including setup and configuration of many LAN and WAN technologies.

Linux certification courses are extensive and comprehensive, and upon completion graduates are prepared for entry-level positions as network administrators, network consultants, network engineers, network technicians or systems engineers.

Graduates are prepared for the following certifications:

  • CompTIA A+ Technician
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • Microsoft certification at the product level  (MCP-Microsoft Certified Professional) in 4 areas:
    • Windows 10 Professional
    • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
    • Administering Windows Server 2012
    • Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) Windows Server 2012: With completion of the three MCP certifications, the student will have achieved the highly regarded MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification.
    • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
    • Administering Windows Server 2012
    • Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC Level I)
  • Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA)

IT certification in Linux is not required to be employed in the career field or to graduate from the program, but it is highly recommended. All exams except Red Hat may be taken at the on-campus VUE Testing Center and are included in the program fees. Red Hat certification exams are offered at Red Hat Testing Centers; contact them for pricing.

Expected Educational Outcomes: Upon completing the Specialized Associate Degree in Information Technology – Linux Concentration program, students will have demonstrated:

  1. The ability to provide customer and user support for computer systems and networking products, including Microsoft Windows, Linux cross platform connectivity, and numerous software products
  2. The ability to create a network infrastructure using Linux Workstation and Server software
  3. An understanding of Unix/Linux operating systems, including setup, configuration and file user management
  4. The critical thinking skills required to analyze network connectivity problems and make necessary judgments to troubleshoot hardware and software
  5. The ability to use the internet as a resource to facilitate the use of unknown systems and new types of servers
  6. The ability to interact with users/customers in a professional, businesslike manner
  7. Proficiency with Open Office Suites

Program Length: 6 quarters (18 months)
A Specialized (Occupational) Associate Degree will be awarded upon successful completion of all graduation requirements.

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