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Prepare for an IT career with HCC’s IT Apprenticeships Program

Become an IT Apprentice While You Earn Industry Certifications & Security Clearance

Our Information Technology (IT) Apprenticeship Program helps students prepare for an IT career and offers students the opportunity to get hands-on work experience at AT&T in its public sector organization. As they progress, apprentices will be guided through the extensive process to obtain security clearance with AT&T as their sponsor. Once secure clearance is granted, an apprentice can transition to full-time work at AT&T while fulfilling curriculum requirements at the college. It is the only program of its type in Maryland.

Participants in the IT apprenticeship program work while attending classes. This apprenticeship allows students to gain valuable experience in the industry. Students may follow three career tracks:

IT Field Support Specialist

This position provides support in information technology, equipment installation and troubleshooting and maintenance.

Information Systems Security Specialist

Apprentices will recommend mitigation strategies, install patches and more.

The program can take between two and four years to complete. Apprentices will initially work a minimum of 20 hours/week and take two courses per semester. Later in the program, they will transition into full-time employment and take two courses per semester. Apprentices who complete the program are positioned for success in IT jobs.

Linux System Administrator

Apprentices will gain the skills and experience necessary for a computer system engineer. Participants will update software and ensure proper security protocol is performed on computers using the Linux platform.

Network Field Support Specialist

Apprentices will test existing network systems for functionality and security. Participants will perform regular maintenance to ensure that networks operate as expected.

Want to see the apprenticeship in action? Read the stories of three of our IT apprenticeship students: Tyler, Amrita, and Kiyah.

  • Program Requirements

    To join the apprenticeship program, you must meet the following general and academic requirements.

    General Requirements

    • Be 18 years or older at the start of the program.
    • Be a U.S. citizen
    • Be capable of achieving and maintaining a federal security clearance.
    • Be able to lift and move weights of up to 50lbs.

    Academic Requirements

    • Have completed less than 50% of the listed curriculum for at least one of the listed tracks. (Foundational + Track Specific Coursework)
      • Apprentices are ineligible for tracks where they have completed more than half of the
        listed curriculum. 
    • Prospective apprentices must also meet at least one of the following academic criteria: 
      • Have demonstrated course completion and enrollment in at least one Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) course.*
      • Hold an active certification from a relevant workforce training program or industry examination. e.g. Examples of relevant certifications include, but are not limited to: CompTIA, AWS, Microsoft, and Cisco Network Certifications. 

    *Courses completed outside of HCC are subject to a final transcript evaluation by HCC.

  • Upcoming Information Sessions

    Information sessions for the IT apprenticeship have concluded. Dates for future sessions will be announced soon.

  • How to Apply & Enroll

    The IT Apprenticeship Application is currently available.

    Application Process

    For non-HCC students:

    1. Review all of the program requirements.
    2. Apply to Howard Community College, if you are not a current or previous HCC student.
    3. Submit a secondary IT apprenticeships application with required documentation.

    For current HCC students:

    1. Review all of the program requirements.
    2. Submit a secondary IT apprenticeships application with required documentation.

    Click here to submit a secondary IT apprenticeship application.

     

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

    All applicants are required to submit electronic copies of the following documentation with their completed application:

    • An updated resume.
    • A copy of your high school diploma or transcript of last grade completed.
  • Information Systems Security Specialist Apprenticeship Courses

    Courses

    Credits

    CMSY-164: Introduction to ID/PS (Catalog)

    3

    CMSY-219: Operating Systems (Catalog)

    3

    CMSY-255: Introduction to Unix and Linux (Catalog)

    3

    CMSY-262: Encryption and Secure Communication (Catalog)

    3

  • Information Technology Field Support Specialist Apprenticeship Courses

    Courses

    Credits

    CSCO-291: Introduction to Networks (Catalog)

    3

    CSCO-292: Routing and Switches Essentials (Catalog)

    3

    ELEC-140: Network Cabling Systems (Catalog)

    3

    CSCO-305: Cisco IP Telephony (Catalog)

    3

  • IT Apprenticeship Program & First Semester Coursework

    Apprenticeship coursework is determined according to the academic and career track an apprentice is assigned by their employer. Prior to starting specialized coursework, apprentices complete a set of courses designed to build an IT foundation prior to starting their track specific curriculum. 

    The instruction listed in the table below is designed to prepare each apprentice for their CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ certification exams.

    Certifications

    Courses

    Credits

    CompTIA A+

    CMSY-105: Managing and Maintaining PCs and Mobile Devices I (Catalog)

    3

    CMSY-106: Managing and Maintaining PCs and Mobile Devices II (Catalog)

    3

    CompTIA N+

    CMSY-158: Fundamentals and Practice for N+ Certification (Catalog)

    3

    CMSY-163: Intro. to Firewalls and Network Security Systems (Catalog)

    3

    CompTIA S+

    CMSY-176: Cybersecurity Fundamentals and Practice (Catalog)

    3

  • Linux System Administrator (Computer System Engineer/Architect) Apprenticeship Courses

    Courses

    Credits

    CMSY-158: Fundamentals and Practice for N+ Certification

    3

    CMSY-163: Intro. to Firewalls and Network Security Systems

    3

    CMSY-176: Cybersecurity Fundamentals and Practice

    3

    CMSY-156: Intro. to Python

    3

    CMSY-255: Intro. to Unix and Linux

    3

    CMSY-256: Linux Server Administration

    3

    CompTIA Security+ Preparation (Employer Provided) **

    **An additional twenty (20) hours of documented related instruction will be provided to the apprentices during each year of the program. by the employer during each year of the program by the employer. 

  • Network Field Support Specialist Apprenticeship Courses

    Courses

    Credits

    CSCO-291: Introduction to Networks (Catalog)

    3

    CSCO-292: Routing and Switches Essentials (Catalog)

    3

    ELEC-140: Network Cabling Systems (Catalog)

    3

    CSCO-305: Cisco IP Telephony (Catalog)

    3

    CSCO-293: Scaling Networks (Catalog)

    3

    CSCO-308: CCNA Security (Catalog)**

    3

    **Previously CSCO-294, substitution pending final review.

 Our IT apprenticeship is one of four apprenticeship programs offered by HCC. Apprentices gain industry experience while they take classes. We are proud to work with local employers to offer apprenticeships in Maryland. Learn more about our apprenticeship program.

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