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Join our free, fully online 23-week program to jump-start your career in tech as a IT Support Specialist.

As part of the Verizon Skill Forward Initiative, Generation USA offers you the opportunity to learn all you need to be successful in a long-term career – from the technical knowledge to the soft skills that will help you achieve your potential.

After completing the program and taking the exam, you will earn your industry-recognized CompTIA A+ certification. After the program, graduates have the opportunity to explore different learning outcomes like apprenticeships, internships, continuing education, or full-time employment.

This program is part of our Training Accelerator programs. Learn more about the admissions process and support benefits here.

Schedule

23 Weeks

Upcoming Programs

November 3, 2021

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10AM-1PM EST | 9AM-12PM CT | 7AM-10AM PST

Course Level

This program is designed for beginners.

What does an IT Support Specialist Do?

The hero of any office, the IT Support Specialist keeps technology running smoothly so that businesses can get the job done. As an IT Support Specialist, you’ll turn technology frustrations into solutions, identifying issues and troubleshooting when one of your colleagues is having technology problems.

Is this program right for you?

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Skills You'll Earn

In every job, there are key skills that will help you be successful. We’ll help you learn how to:

Behavioral Skills

Adaptability

You adjust your plans and actions based on changing needs and circumstances.

Communication

You are able to convey your message clearly to different types of people using a variety of tools to receive and spread information.

Teamwork

You communicate with your team, ask for help when you need it, and offer them support.

Customer Service

You focus on the customer’s needs and deliver an excellent customer experience.

Mindsets

Growth Mindset

You believe you can learn and improve over time with practice.

Persistence

You do not give up in the face of challenges or after you have made a mistake.

Personal Responsibility

You take ownership over your work and decisions. You work hard, keep commitments, and don’t make excuses.

Future Orientation

You set goals for the future, understand how your actions will help you achieve them, and frequently check your progress.

What You'll Learn

Introduction to Role

In this section, you will be introduced to:

  • Effective workplace communication and collaboration
  • How to stay up-to-date with technology trends
  • Problem-Solving
  • Note Taking and Documentation

Technical Support Fundamentals

In this section, you will cover:

  • Hardware
  • Operating Systems
  • Networking
  • Software
  • Troubleshooting

IT Security

In this section, you will study:

  • Security Threats
  • Cryptology
  • Authentication Services
  • Securing Networks
  • System Hardening

Computer Networking Essentials

In this section, you will study:

  • The Network Layer
  • The Transport and Application Layers
  • Networking Services
  • Connecting to the Internet
  • Troubleshooting and the Future of Networking

Operating Systems Fundamentals

In this section, you will be introduced to and learn:

  • Navigating the System
  • Users and Permissions
  • Package and Software Management
  • Filesystems
  • Process Management
  • Operating Systems in Practice

IT Infrastructure Services

In this section, you will learn:

  • Network and Infrastructure Services
  • Software and Platform Services
  • Directory Services
  • Data Recovery & Backups

How You'll Learn the Material

Online Instruction

Introduction to new topics will be covered by instructors and teaching assistants. They will cover topics through a combination of lecture and live coding.

Mentored Exercises

Apply your understanding of these new topics by doing, but don't worry, you'll have access to instructors and teaching assistants if/when you need guidance. On average, 75% of Generation programs are practice vs. instruction.

Real-World Experience

What good is all this knowledge if you can't apply it? By the end of this program, you will be prepared to complete the JavaScript Certification granted by W3Schools.

Materials to Keep Going

Whether you continue your journey with self-study, or take the next steps to pursue a career in web development, we'll give you personalized guidance on how to continue after the end of the program.

Instructional Week at a Glance

Schedule Overview

You will participate in several different types of instructional sessions throughout your program that are tailored to help you succeed in work and in life.

During the part-time program, you will review the same content available in the full-time program. You will also receive the same support from instructors, teaching assistants and career coaches. The main difference is the part-time program is more self-directed than the full-time program.

Part-time JCP sample schedule

Admissions Process

  1. 1

    Eligibility Questionnaire

    Begin by completing a questionnaire that will determine if you are eligible.
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  2. 2

    Apply

    Apply for the program you are eligible for and complete all steps.

  3. 3

    Assessments

    Complete applicable assessments.

    Sample Questions

  4. 4

    Interview

    You'll be redirected to a 3rd party platform, HireVue, to complete a video interview. The interview helps us get to know you a bit more and allows you to tell us the things your application doesn't say.

  5. 5

    Admissions Review

    Your complete application, assessments, and interview will be reviewed by an admissions counselor who will determine your eligibility. Next, complete the support questionnaire. This helps us better understand specific needs.

  6. 6

    Admissions Decision

    You will be notified via email once a decision has been made regarding your admission and next steps.

Certification

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CompTIA A+


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Google IT Support Certificate



What is required?

  • Live in the U.S.A.
  • Be 18 years or older at the start of the program
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED
  • For November 3, 2021 be available M, W, TR 9AM-12PM CT | 10AM-1PM EST | 1PM-4PM PST for in-class hours
  • For November 3, 2021 be available for approximately 9 hours per week for out-of-class work
  • If planning to pursue employment then the applicant must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Check your personal computer's specifications here
  • Technology assistance is available to students who qualify.

Questions? Reach Out!

The Generation Admissions and Enrollment team look forward to hearing from you and sharing how Generation can help you reach your goals.