Laboratories - Students are allowed 24-hour access to labs equipped with state-of-the-art software and hardware. Our laboratories provide students with ample hands-on experience, giving them a considerable edge in the highly competitive computer and information technology job market. Our labs are constantly being updated to keep current with advancing technology.
The college has an academic license for VMWare software products, so students, using the latest version of VMWare Workstation, can run multiple guest virtual machines on our powerful lab computers, creating complex layered virtual networks that can be directly connected to any of our lab's network equipment. The department has a blade server with 128 gigabytes of RAM and a 12 terabyte storage array. We employ the latest VMWare enterprise software to manage our blade server and create a private cloud infrastructure dedicated to our students.
The college has an academic license for all Microsoft software, which allows students free access to the latest enterprise network operating systems, latest enterprise security software, and latest application software. The department has a Cisco Certified Academy so our network lab contains a full complement of Cisco routers, switches, and wireless access points. Being a Cisco Academy allows our instructors to freely access all Cisco advanced networking software. As a certified academy, the department has three Ciscocertified instructors to teach the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and CCNA Security curricula. Additionally, the network lab contains a full complement of network security equipment to include Cisco Adaptive Security firewalls, Juniper application firewalls, Juniper routers, and Juniper SSL VPN concentrators. All of our networking equipment is professionally installed on 19-inch racks with multiple patch panels, which allows our students to easily design and implement complex client/server network and security architectures. The department has an academic license with Oracle, allowing students and professors access to over $750,000 worth of software. Additionally our lab computers are installed with the latest Web development software to include the very expensive Adobe Creative Suite 6.0. We also have a dedicated systems laboratory used for teaching microcomputer configuration. The department manages a Pearson VUE, Prometric and Certified Internet Web Professional certification testing center . The testing center allows IT students to obtain professional certifications in all areas of information technology.