By Steve Lestarjette

The HCC Windows Server 2012 certification is an affordable, fast-track program created to help technical support technicians advance to computer systems administrators.

Earning Microsoft Solution Associate (MCSA: Windows Server 2012) certification qualifies a person as a network or computer systems administrator or a computer support specialist. The credential shows that you have the primary set of Windows Server 2012 skills, relevant across multiple solution areas in a business environment, to reduce a company’s IT costs and deliver more business value.

Windows Server 2012 area of study is a three-course track that focuses on learning about installing, administering, configuring, and managing Windows Server 2012 environments, while at the same time preparing for required Microsoft certification exams

MCSA is the first of three new certifications introduced by Microsoft for Windows Server 2012 technology, and is a prerequisite for the premier MCSA: Server Infrastructure (MCSE: Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert).

MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification will prepare you for a position as a network administrator, systems administrator, or computer network specialist.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, network and systems administrators are responsible for the on-going operation of a company’s computer network. The organize, install and support the company’s computer systems, including managing its servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

Each course of the Microsoft Server 2012 certification runs for 64 contact hours over eight weeks, and costs $700. Financial assistance is available for students that qualify.

Courses include:

  • ITNW 1053—Supporting Network Server infrastructure (install and configure Windows Server 2012)
  • ITNW 1054—Implementing and Supporting Servers (administering Windows Server 2012)
  • ITNW 2056—Design Network Directory Infrastructure (configuring advanced Windows Server 2012)

Students enrolling for MCSA: Windows 2012 Server certification must have taken A+ and Network+ courses or have knowledge of the subject. A+ Certification is the nationally recognized standard for computer technicians, and Network+ Certification teaches students how to assist in the installation, setup, testing, maintenance and troubleshooting of local area networks (LANs) or wide area networks (WANs).

The HCC Continuing Education division offers A+ Certification in a nine-week course, and a Network+ course that runs eight weeks. Each course is $600.

Taken sequentially, a student can complete all courses in 41 weeks for $3,300, far lower at HCC than at proprietary schools. Financial aid is available.

The certification transfers as college credit when as student enrolls in the Information Technology associate degree program.

Courses are offered at HCC Southwest, Southeast, and Northwest.

For more information, visit, or contact the Continuing Education IT department at 713.718.2798 or 713.718.2014.

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