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Objective: The Microsoft concentration courses of the Specialized Associate Degree – Information Technology program are designed to give the student experience in designing, deploying and administering network infrastructure using Microsoft Windows. In addition, students are introduced to the Linux/Unix operating system. Students will also learn the basics of Cisco routers, including setup and configuration of many LAN (Local Area Network) and WAN (Wide Area Network) technologies.

Microsoft certification classes prepare graduates for entry-level positions as network administrators, network consultants, network engineers, network technicians or systems engineers. This is an in-demand industry, and opportunities can be plentiful for those with the proper qualifications.

Empire College is a Microsoft Imagine partner and uses a teaching program prescribed by Microsoft to prepare graduates for certification as Microsoft IT Professionals.

If you are looking for California Microsoft training, Empire College in Santa Rosa provides training that prepares graduates for the following certifications:

  • CompTIA A+ Technician
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Microsoft certification at the product level (MCP-Microsoft Certified Professional) in 6 areas:
    • Windows 10 Professional
    • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
    • Administering Windows Server 2012
    • Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
    • Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
    • Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
  • MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) Windows Server 2012: With completion of 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
  • MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) Server Infrastructure: With completion of four MCP certifications, the student will have achieved the highly regarded MCSE Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification.
    • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
    • Administering Windows Server 2012
    • Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
    • Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
    • Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure

Certifications are not required to be employed in the career field or to graduate from the program, but they are highly recommended. Exams may be taken at the on-campus VUE Testing Center. Exam fees vary, ranging from $60 to $225.

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

  1. The ability to provide customer and user support for computer systems and networking products, including Microsoft Windows client and server operating systems, cross platform connectivity, and numerous software products
  2. The ability to create a complete network infrastructure using Microsoft client and server operating systems
  3. An understanding of Microsoft Windows operating systems, including setup, configuration, file and user management, as well as router configuration
  4. The critical thinking skills required to analyze network connectivity problems and make necessary judgments to troubleshoot hardware and software
  5. The ability to interact with users/customers in a professional, businesslike manner.

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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