Baker College of Jackson and Coldwater Offer New IT Programs

September 15, 2010

Baker College of Jackson will offer four new technology programs this fall. They include: a Cyber Security Associate degree, a Linux/Unix Systems Technology Associate degree, an information systems Bachelor degree and a Cyber Defense Bachelor degree.

“According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Information Technology has become an integral part of modern life,” said Dr. Jack C. Jordan, Baker College of Jackson dean of Business Administration and Technology. “Employment in this field is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations, adding 286,600 new jobs over the 2008-2018 decade.”

Graduates of the above-mentioned degrees from Baker College of Jackson will install, configure and support an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN) and Internet, or a segment of a network system.

The Cyber Security Associate degree program is a Computer Network program offered in conjunction with Check Point Software Technologies, a world leader in securing the Internet. The program prepares students for careers in designing, managing and securing virtual private networks using firewall technologies. It will provide students with practical job skills in information security, security management and the technical components of security. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the CompTIA Network+ and Check Point Certified Security Administrator certification exams.

Linux and Unix systems have been the foundation of the Internet. Graduates of the Baker College of Jackson Linux/Unix Systems Technology Associate degree program will have an understanding of open systems standards and technologies associated with Linux and Unix platforms.

The Baker College of Jackson Information Systems Bachelor degree program emphasizes the application of computer systems to solve business problems. Graduates may find employment as programmers, programmers/analysts, and systems analysts.

The Cyber Defense Bachelor degree program at Baker’s Jackson campus prepares students for career opportunities in Information Technology and Security with a concentration in Cyber Defense. Protection of multiple platform hardware, software, networking and operating systems is considered an integral part of any organization’s information technology topology. Cyber defense technologists possess the necessary skills to identify, correct, and defend against internal and external threats as well as other problematic issues relative to an organization’s computing and networking infrastructure on a multiple platform topology. Graduates of this program may find employment in the health care, business, information systems, technical and engineering fields.

Baker College of Jackson students who earn one of the two new Associate degrees or a Computer Networking–Microsoft Option Associate degree, may seamlessly transfer credits to the Cyber Defense Bachelor degree program.

Baker College of Coldwater, a satellite campus of Baker College of Jackson, will offer a new Microsoft Networking Professional certificate program and a new Computer Networking Technology/Microsoft option Associate degree program this fall.

“Computer networking technology is one of today’s fastest growing industries,” said Dr. Jack C. Jordan, Baker College of Jackson dean of Business Administration and Technology. “Individuals skilled in computer connectivity through local and Internet sites may find employment in the fields of system troubleshooting, network security, or PC and server maintenance.”

The Microsoft Networking Professional certificate program will help prepare individuals to sit for qualifying examinations that may lead to certification as a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) or Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP).

The new Computer Networking Technology-Microsoft Option Associate degree program will prepare graduates to sit for qualifying exams leading to certification as a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) or Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP). Courses within this program also help to prepare students for CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications.

Fall classes begin Monday, September 27. Students interested in enrolling in one of the new IT programs may register now. For more information, please contact Kevin Pnacek or call 517.788.7800.

The Baker College System