Computer Support Specialist (2 yr)


cstAs businesses rely more and more on computer applications, the importance of quality computer support grows. Computer Support Specialists must enjoy working with people to offer technical assistance with knowledge of computer networking, repair, and programming. 

While enrolled in the Computer Support Specialist program, students will work towards Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) certifications.  At the completion of second semester students will take the CompTIA A+ and fourth semester CompTIA Net+.  In addition to CompTIA, students have the option to sit for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam. 

Students enrolled full-time can expect to enter the workforce after completing 18 months of coursework.

Visit Highland Community College Technical Center to learn more about an exciting career in Computer Support!

Here are some helpful resources:


First Semester    
CST107 Intro to Computers and Applications 3
CST115 PC Troubleshooting Lab 1
CST124 PC Troubleshooting Essentials 2
CST106 Introduction to Networking: CCNA 1 3
CST103 Operating Systems 2
  Total for First Semester 11
Second Semester    
CST159 Routers & Routing: CCNA2 4
or  CST118 Linux Essentials (2)
AND CST125 Web Design (2)


CST154 CompTIA A+ Essentials 3
CST158 CompTIA A+ Practical Applications 3
CRT190 Certification Training Lab 1
  Total for Second Semester 11
  Total for First Year 22
Third Semester    
CST212 LAN Switching and Wireless: CCNA3 3
or CST201 Advanced Operating Systems 3
CST218 Linux 2
CST219 Server Operating Systems and Virtualization 3
CST206 Programming 2
NET125 Introduction to Net+ 3
  Total for Third Semester 13
Fourth Semester    
CST207 Tech Support Lab I 2
or CST225 Web Development (3)  
CST223 Server Administration 3
CST224 Computer and Network Security 3
NET196 Certification Training Lab: NET+ 1
  Total for Fourth Semester 9
  Total Credits for Certificate 44

*Updated for 2021-2022

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