Should I be concerned if my community college doesn't have a hardware or A+ class?

heideggerheidegger Member Posts: 22 ■□□□□□□□□□
My major is systems support/help desk. The community college only offers operating systems classes and networking classes. I'm afraid employers will think I don't have enough hardware training.


  • MentholMooseMentholMoose Senior Member Member Posts: 1,524 ■■■■■■■■□□
    It's fine, you can always get the A+ on your own.
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  • SlowhandSlowhand MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA: Windows Server 2003/2012/2016, CCNA Routing & Switchi Bay Area, CaliforniaMod Posts: 5,163 Mod
    It's a little odd that a school that offers a major in systems support and helpdesk doesn't offer A+ classes. However, there's nothing stopping you from self-studying and either taking the cert or simply obtaining the hardware knowledge.

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  • Daniel333Daniel333 Member Posts: 2,077 ■■■■■■□□□□
    Yes, most colleges suck.

    But more importantly you need to focus on the self teaching skills. IT at the end of the day is a hack through it sort of thing and the sooner you develop those skills the better.
  • drew726drew726 Member Posts: 237
    Nah, you're better off learning it yourself anyways. Not worth paying for a class like that when you probably already know 75% of the material assuming you've ever build a computer for yourself. Just get a used book.
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  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAMember Posts: 4,016 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I would just self-study and go for it as others have mentioned. icon_cool.gif
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  • N2ITN2IT Inactive Imported Users Posts: 7,483
    The answer your question, yes I would be concerned.

    However, like everyone else has said, I would self study A+ on my own.

    Do they offer a Windows 7 class for 70-680?
  • heideggerheidegger Member Posts: 22 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Yes they offer a Windows 7 administration class. Also, Microsoft Office is a part of the program.
  • heideggerheidegger Member Posts: 22 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Also, I read only A+ certified people can do warranty work on the inside of a computer. Does that mean that employers favor people with A+ over people with no A+ because of that for IT jobs like help desk and desktop support? I'd imagine a lot of these types of jobs involve working on the inside of the computer or at least require knowledge about it.
  • SteveO86SteveO86 Member Posts: 1,423
    I wouldn't be too worried about it (it is pretty weird though).. As long as you stay on track and learn the stuff they teach (and maybe pick up a few certs along the way, especially if you are starting out in IT) you should be ok. A+ you can always go back for, just don't let it hinder your current studies.

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