5 Information Technology Courses to Expect While Earning Your IT Degree
It’s an exciting feeling when you decide what you want for your future. It’s even better when your career and interests can overlap as they can with information technology (IT).
Of course, you still have one challenge to conquer—earning your degree. There’s a lot more to classes than simply completing the assignments so you can earn a good grade. Your curriculum will help you acquire the foundation of knowledge and skills on which you will build your entire career. So it’s completely logical to be curious about the types of information technology courses you’ll be taking.
We enlisted Jacob Sorem, state program coordinator for the Rasmussen College School of Technology, to identify five key IT courses included in the information technology management program.
5 intriguing information technology courses
The descriptions below will give you a sneak peek at each course so you know what to expect upon enrolling. Learn about the skills, software, training and certifications incorporated in each of these interesting IT courses.
1. Networking Security Fundamentals
You’re likely hearing about security every time you turn on the news or glance at the newspaper these days. Whether a website was hacked and celebrity photos were stolen or important financial information was compromised, IT security is a hot topic.
This class gives you inside insight into the world of information security, according to Sorem. You’ll tackle actual security problems in a simulated environment. This hands-on training will prepare you for combatting real-life security threats after graduation.
2. Windows Active Directory
Students in this course use Microsoft Official Academic Course material to work through labs that have real-world conditions. Students use virtualization to simulate Windows server environments, providing them crucial experience with Active Directory, which Sorem explains is a prime user authentication and authorization platform.
“The skills learned in this class will likely apply from the first entry level job taken through much of a student’s career,” Sorem says. You should be happy to know the knowledge acquired will help you long after your final exam in finished.
If you’ve ever wondered about virtualization platforms like VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V, this class is for you. Rasmussen College offers other classes with virtualization elements, but this entire course is built around it. Key concepts you’ll learn from this class are “load balancing and clustering to provide high availability and fault tolerance,” Sorem explains.
If you’re at all interested in IT, you know about cloud computing. It’s all the rage in the industry, and this course will help put you at the forefront of the field. Future employers will be excited to see you have knowledge in this cutting-edge concept.
“With the expansion of software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and all other things-as-a-service (XaaS), cloud knowledge will be very useful in small and large companies,” Sorem says.
5. Storage Management
You’re no stranger to managing digital files thanks to copious amounts of photos, videos and other digital entertainment you likely have stored on your devices right now. But with storage management, you need to think bigger than what can fit on your iPhone—way bigger!
Storage management is a crucial IT topic thanks, in part, to cloud computing. Everything you store in the cloud has to be maintained somewhere, right? This course covers backup, data protection, storage area networks (SAN), intelligent storage solutions and other topics you’ll need to be familiar with to work with storage management.
IT certifications you can earn
Information technology courses are important, but don’t forget about certifications. There are several IT certifications that demonstrate your technical knowledge and commitment to your career to prospective employers.
“Companies value experience the most, but when students have none, a certification can help provide some third party validation to get that first job and start getting experience,” Sorem says.
Several of the courses included in Rasmussen College’s IT program are designed to help prepare you for certification exams. Here are a few certifications that align with some of the courses highlighted:
- Network Security Fundamentals: CompTIA Security+ certification
- Cloud Computing: CompTIA Cloud Essentials certification
- Storage Management: EMC2 Information Storage & Management Associate certification
Rasmussen College understands the value of earning IT certifications, which is why students enrolled in the IT management program are required to take the CompTIA A+ certification exam prior to graduation. Students also have the option to take up to two more certification exams at no additional cost.
Are you ready yet?
The five information technology courses featured above are just a sampling of the rich curriculum that makes up the Rasmussen College IT management program. Now that you know what to expect in these courses, it’s time to figure out when to start becoming a qualified IT pro.
Click the red “Request Program Info” button on the top right corner of this page to learn how to enroll in the IT management program at Rasmussen College.
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