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Information Technology

Helpdesk/Desktop Support

Year Up's Helpdesk/Desktop Support curriculum provides students with hands-on learning in hardware and software support. Training includes diagnosis and troubleshooting of common hardware and software problems in a personal computer, types and functions of operating systems, OS installation (physical and virtual), and an introduction to basic functions using the command line interface in Windows and Linux environments. Students are also introduced to network protocols, ports, and topologies, as well as customer service concepts like problem-solving, active listening and de-escalation.

Skills Development at a Glance: What Students Learn

  • Assemble and disassemble a personal computer; install, configure, update, and troubleshoot hardware and operating systems
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot common hardware and software issues  
  • Identify and apply appropriate customer service strategies that foster customer satisfaction
  • Navigate an industry-standard ticketing system (i.e. Zendesk, Remedy, Helpdesk Pro)
  • Set-up a functioning peer-to-peer LAN and troubleshoot LAN operations
  • Design a workable set of IP addresses for a given set of networks
  • Identify and explain common TCP and UDP ports, network protocols, and their purpose
  • Distinguish between number bits, format, and addressing capability of IPv4 vs. IPv6    

Specialty Training Focus Areas:

  • Operating Systems
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Networking Support
  • Customer Service
  • Year Up’s Standard Training  

Training at Work: Typical Job Tasks

  • Provide first level contact and communicate resolutions to customer issues
  • Properly escalate unresolved queries to the next level of support
  • Track, route and redirect problems to correct resources
  • Support the maintenance and upgrade of network devices
  • Support users with issues involving network connectivity such as internet connection and printer problems

Path to a Career: Training-Enabled Role Pathways

  • Helpdesk Support
  • Desktop Support
  • Application Support
  • Telecommunications Specialist
  • Network Support

Example Roles Filled By Graduates:

  • Helpdesk Support Analyst
  • Application Support Analyst
  • Desktop Support Analyst
  • Network Analyst

Hands-on Experience: Example Internship Companies

Hands-on Experience: Example Internship Companies

Spring 2021 Training

We focus our career training to meet the hiring needs of our local partners. Below are the training specialties that will be offered to students beginning in Spring 2021.

Information Technology

Learn how to support hardware, operating systems, and network devices, and provide first-level contact and service to customer issues. 

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Local leadership

Lisa Wiley

Site Director, Woodbridge Campus and Manassas Campus