The IT Security Program focuses on the foundational principles of securing computer networks and managing risk. Important topics covered are managing networks, ethical hacking defense, troubleshooting Linux OS and mitigating security risks.
Apart from the core curriculum, learners are trained for the job-seeking process through service projects and resume building workshops. During the program, accommodations and modifications are provided to high school students based on the IEP/504. In addition, dual enrollment is available. Students can earn college credits through this WEST-MEC course.
After completion of the two-year program, successful candidates will be prepared to seek one or more certifications like the Comp TIA ( A+, Security +, Network +) or the Cisco CCNA. Moreover, West-MEC offers industry credential tests at no additional cost, while some tests fees are paid by the students, they will be reimbursed. Through the IT security training received, students are provided a pathway to economic independence.
Careers that a student could pursue after receiving their certification(s) are: Help desk operator, support technician, support engineer, network support technician, network support engineer
Skilled IT technicians maintain the security and optimal functioning of computer system networks.
I.T. Security entry-level salary: $16.25 – $28.50 per hour**
*with additional education in this pathway | **Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment & Wages