Power up or reboot with an IT certification

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Tidewater_power_upJust 1 or 2 courses may be all you need

If you want to get into the information technology field, or advance in your current IT career, an industry credential can be your ticket to success.

No matter the field you work in – business, health care, government – a certification, or a combination of certifications, validates your skills and knowledge.

p5_IT-certifications_student2Tidewater Community College offers IT courses that will prepare you for some of the most in-demand certifications such as Security+, Cisco CCNA and Windows MCSA. You can prepare for some of these certifications with just a few courses.

Employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

These occupations are expected to add about 488,500 jobs, due in part to a greater emphasis on cybersecurity, cloud computing and virtualization, and the continued demand for mobile programming and application development.

“Careers for majors in this field continue to be promising as there is a high demand and need for IT professionals,” said Bill Clement, dean of Information Technology and Business at TCC’s Virginia Beach Campus. “Students can be assured that with the course work and hands-on training they receive at TCC, combined with the guidance and expertise of faculty and staff, they will be well-prepared for their post-graduation experience.”

Bonus: TCC partners with many of the certification organizations, meaning you can save money on examination fees and preparation materials. (Because some of these exams are quite expensive!)

Double bonus: While preparing for the certification exams, you’ll be earning college credit, which you can apply toward an associate degree or certificate. TCC’s instructors are industry professionals who can give you the real-world experience you will need.

For more information, visit www.tcc.edu/itcertifications

Here are the certifications you can prepare for at TCC. (Completion of course work doesn’t guarantee students will pass the examinations.)

Certiport

Need basic knowledge of computing and Internet skills? At TCC, you can prepare for the IC3 (Internet and Computing Core Certification).

Cisco

TCC courses can prepare you for two Cisco certifications: CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) and CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate).

CIW

CIW is the world’s premier vendor-neutral Web education and certification program. TCC courses prepare you for four certifications: CIW Internet Business Associate, CIW Network Technology Associate, CIW Site Development Associate, CIW Web Foundations Associate and CIW Web Design Specialist.

CompTIA

CompTIA certifications cover a lot of ground, from hardware to cloud computing to security. At TCC, you can prepare for A+, CASP (CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner), Cloud Essentials, Linux+, Network+,  Security+ and Server+.

EC-Council

Prepare for the CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) certification, which validates skill in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective.

EMC

Prepare at TCC for EMC Proven Professional certifications that validate decision-making skills across multiple technologies: EMC Proven Professional Information Storage and Management; EMC Proven Professional Cloud Infrastructure and Services; and EMC Proven Professional Backup Recovery Systems and Architecture.

(ISC)2

Get ready for the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) credential, which validates skills in a variety of areas, including security, risk management and business continuity.

Microsoft

Prepare for specialist certificates that demonstrate that you can meet globally recognized performance standards in Office 2013, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012 MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate).

Oracle

The Oracle platform is a perennial in the database arena. At TCC you can prepare for Oracle Database 11g/12c SQL Fundamentals, Oracle Database SQL Expert, Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Associate, Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate, and Oracle Database 11 Administrator Certified Professional.

Red Hat

Red Hat Linux certifications are some of the most in-demand. Prepare for certifications in RHCSA (Red Hat Certified System Administrator) and RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer).

VMware

Platform-specific virtualization skills are in demand. At TCC, prepare for the VCP (VMware Certified Professional) and VCAP5-DCA (VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Administration) with courses tailored to the vendor.

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