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IT Apprenticeship Training Program

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

HCC is offering a new apprenticeship in partnership with AT&T and partners that enables you to earn a security clearance while preparing you to succeed in one of three IT professions:

IT Field Support Specialist
This position provides support in information technology, troubleshooting and maintenance, and equipment installation.

Network Field Support Specialist
In this role, you will test and evaluate existing network systems for functionality and security and perform regular maintenance to ensure that networks operate correctly.

Information Systems Security Specialist
You will start an exciting career in information systems where you will recommend mitigation strategies, install patches, and more.

The starting salary for apprenticeships in this program is a minimum of approximately $26 per hour with the potential to earn up to $56,000-80,000 annually once working full-time.

Apprentices will initially work a minimum of 20 hours/week on the job while taking two courses per semester and transition into full-time employment and two courses per semester.

You will also earn 18 to 24 credits as well as N+ and S+ certifications.

Employer Benefits and Information

  • Program Requirements

    To join the apprenticeship program, you must:

    • 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.
    • Have demonstrated course completion and enrollment in at least one computer technology course.**
      • Preferred completion and enrollment in the following course pairings: CMSY-105 & CMSY-106 or CMSY-158 & CMSY-162.
    • Have completed less than 50% of the listed curriculum for at least one of the listed tracks.
      • Apprentices are ineligible for tracks where they have completed more than half of the
        listed curriculum. 

    **Academic requirements may be substituted with an active certification in CompTIA A+, N+, and/or S+.

    **Courses completed outside of HCC are subject to review by the apprenticeship committee and a final transcript evaluation by HCC.

  • Upcoming Information Sessions

    For more information about our IT apprenticeship program, please plan to attend one of the below information sessions:

  • 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 are assigned their first semester of courses based on the preferred coursework that has not been completed.

    Following this, each apprentice will take the coursework selected by their employer to best suits their career track details.

    Semester

    Course

    Credits

    Hours/Session

    Days

    Spring

    (Semester One)

    CMSY 105: Managing & Maintaining PCs & Mobile Devices I

    CMSY 106: Managing & Maintaining PCs & Mobile Devices II

    OR

    CMSY 158: Fundamentals and Practice for Network+ Certification

    CMSY 163: Introduction to Firewalls and Network Security

    6

    4hr/Course

    (2hr Lecture + 2hr Lab)

    Mon - Sat

  • Information Technology Field Support Specialist Apprenticeship Courses
    Semester Course Credits Hours/Session Day of the Week

    Summer

    (Semester Two)

    CSCO 291: Introduction to Networks

    CSCO 292: Routing and Switches Essentials

    6

    5hr/ Course

    (2hr Lecture + 3hr Lab)

    Mon - Sat

    Fall

    (Semester Three)

    ELEC 140: Network Cabling Systems

    CSCO 305: Cisco IP Telephony

    6

    5hr/ Course

    (2hr Lecture + 3hr Lab)

    Mon - Sat

  • Network Field Support Specialist Apprenticeship Courses
    Semester Course Credits Hours/Session Day of the Week

    Summer

    (Semester Two)

    CSCO 291: Introduction to Networks

    CSCO 292: Routing and Switches Essentials

    6

    5hr/Course

    (2hr Lecture + 3hr Lab)

    Mon - Sat

    Fall

    (Semester Three)

    ELEC 140: Network Cabling Systems

    CSCO 305: Cisco IP Telephony

    6

    5hr/Course

    (2hr Lecture + 3hr Lab)

    Mon - Sat

    Spring
    (Semester Four)

    CSCO 293: Scaling Networks

    CSCO 294: Connecting Networks

    6

    5hr/Course

    (2hr Lecture + 3hr Lab)

    Mon - Sat

  • Information Systems Security Specialist Apprenticeship Courses
    Semester Course Credits Hours/Session Day of the Week

    Summer

    (Semester Two)

    CMSY 219: Operating Systems 

    CMSY 255: Introduction to Unix and Linux

    6

    5hr/Course

    (2hr Lecture + 3hr Lab)

    Mon - Sat

    Fall

    (Semester Three)

    CMSY 163: Introduction to Firewalls and Network Security

    CMSY 164: Introduction to Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems

    6

    4hr/Course

    (2hr Lecture + 2hr Lab)

    Mon - Sat

    Spring

    (Semester Four)

    CMSY 262: Encryption and Secure Communication

    3

    4hr/Course

    (2hr Lecture + 2hr Lab)

    Mon - Sat

  • How to Apply & Enroll

    Application Process

    Applications for the Fall cohort of the IT Apprenticeship will be accepted until May 1, 2020.

    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 apprenticeship 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.

    Additionally, applicants may submit the following documents with their application or either in-person, via mail, or fax to (443) 518-4332.

    • Three (3) signed recommendation letters from acquaintances. It is preferred that only one of these come from a family member.
    • A copy of your Driver's License or State Issued Identification Card.

    Mail may be addressed to:

    Howard Community College, Attn: Adrienne Summers
    Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development
    10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
    Columbia, MD 21044-3197
 
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