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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. Offered in partnership with AT&T, the program enables students to earn a security clearance, if needed while competing the program. 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.

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.

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.

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

    Date/Time:

    Dates for upcoming information sessions are to be announced.

    Location:

    Information sessions for the IT apprenticeship are held remotely using Zoom.

    Details:

    Join the apprenticeship team for an information session to hear about HCC's IT apprenticeship.

    Applications for the next apprenticeship cohort will be open September 14 - 28, 2020. This information session will provide interested applicants with important information on program requirements and the application process.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • How to Apply & Enroll

    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.

    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

 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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