AVON PARK, Fla. – May 24, 2018 – SFSC is now offering two of its information technology programs online: the Associate in Science (A.S.) in Networking Systems Technology and the College Credit Certificate in Network Security. Fall term classes at SFSC begin on Friday, Aug. 17.

Network security is a high-demand, specialized field of computer networking. In a wired world where sensitive information is transmitted over internal networks and the internet, network security specialists maintain hardware and software, monitor networks for unauthorized access, vulnerabilities, and attacks, and implement policies and procedures that protect networks from hacking.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that jobs for network and computer systems administrators will grow by 28 percent through 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

With the Associate in Science (A.S.) in Network Systems Technology, graduates will earn 60 college credits in approximately two years. Students become proficient in basic and advanced concepts of network operation, support, and security. They learn concepts, theory, and hand-on laboratory skills that can be used in the workplace.

In as little as one year, graduates of the Network Security program will earn 30 hours of college credit and receive the tools and training they need to pursue the CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+ industry certifications. If a graduate chooses to continue in their studies, the 30 college credits can be applied toward the A.S. in Network Systems Technology.

The quality of these programs is reflected by the distinguished endorsements they have received from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FBI InfraGard, and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies.

The SFSC Welcome Center on the Highlands Campus in Avon Park accepts walk-in registrations Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Students can also register at the DeSoto Campus in Arcadia, the Hardee Campus in Bowling Green, and at the Lake Placid Center in Lake Placid.

Returning students can register and pay for classes through the college portal, Panther Central. New students can apply for admission to the college by clicking the “Apply Now” button at the top of SFSC’s website homepage where class schedules are also available.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. For more information about financial assistance and scholarships, contact the SFSC Financial Aid Office at 863-784-7134. For further information about registration, call 863-453-6661 (Highlands Campus), 773-3081 (Hardee Campus), 993-1757 (DeSoto Campus), or 465-3003 (Lake Placid Center).

For more information about the information technology programs, contact Brian Bohlman at 863-784-7443 or visit the SFSC website under “Future Students” > “Degrees & Programs.”