You can spark your imagination with information technology classes at LCCC that lead to certificates or associate and bachelor’s degrees – and ultimately a satisfying career.
“I learned the necessary skills to get started in my field,” said Chris Bregar of Grafton. “I am working in the field I trained for.”
Bregar is employed as a senior network engineer for MTD Products in Valley City.
He utilized the many opportunities available at LCCC to get the technical and soft skills needed to work in industry. Bregar first earned an associate of applied business in computer information systems in 2012. “I was able to get my first job in the field with my associate degree just weeks after I graduated,” he noted.
“Our goal is to inspire our students to become the best in the computer information technology field. There are many challenging issues that can be solved by the next generation of programmers, network engineers and web developers,” said Doug Huber, LCCC associate professor who teaches computer information systems and networking programs.
LCCC offers short-term certificates and associate degrees in:
– Server administration
– Server virtualization
• Mobile Application Development
- Software Development
- Web development
The University Partnership program at LCCC gives you the chance to expand your learning with bachelor’s degrees in computer information systems in networking, programming or web development from the University of Akron. You can also earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from The University of Toledo through LCCC’s University Partnership.
“There is no shortage of pathways you can take to get to the career in information technology that you want,” Huber said. “It will take work, but you can get it all at LCCC.”
Bregar agreed. “Instructors at LCCC push you. The classes are not easy, but if you apply yourself and work at them it is worth it,” he said.
He knows because he continued on after earning his associate degree and getting his first job with a bachelor’s of science in computer information systems, networking in 2014 from The University of Akron through the LCCC University Partnership.
Beyond that Bregar earned professional certifications that he knew would be necessary in his field – and make him more valuable and employable. He earned the:
- Cisco CCNA Route/Switch certification in 2012
- Cisco CCNA Wireless certification in 2013
- CCNP Route/Switch certification in 2013
- Cisco CCIE Route/Switch certification in 2015
“My training at LCCC prepared me to start obtaining industry standard certifications,” he said. “This coupled with my degrees from LCCC and Akron enabled me to be competitive in the job market and get a job in the field.”
On the technical side, he noted that the classes prepared him to understand route/switch, security, and wireless technologies, along with Windows and Linux server experience across different virtualization platforms.
According to the 2015 Occupational Outlook Handbook produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in computer and information technology careers is expected to grow between 12 percent through 2024 – faster than the average for all occupations.
These occupations are expected to add about 488,500 new jobs, from about 3.9 million jobs to about 4.4 million jobs now through 2024, in part due to a greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, more everyday items becoming connected to the Internet in what is commonly referred to as the “Internet of things,” and the continued demand for mobile computing.
The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $81,430 in May 2015, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $36,200.
“I can only speak for the computer networking area of IT, but this area has more jobs than good network engineers,” Bregar said. “As for specialties in the network engineering field, you cannot go wrong with a security, wireless or route/switch as a specialty.”
He also recommends having a secondary sub specialty “to make you more competitive and desirable in the job market.”
To learn more about computer information technology programs at LCCC and its University Partnership at upcoming information sessions:
- Wednesday, Nov. 9 – 6-8 p.m. , LCCC’s College Center Commons, or
- Monday, Nov. 28 – 6-8 p.m. , LCCC’s iLOFT building room 119.
RSVP at www.lorainccc.edu/itinfo.