Computer Support Specialist Diploma

Computer Support Specialist Diploma

Program Description

The Computer Support Specialist Diploma program will prepare graduates by introducing them to a wide variety of subjects in information and emerging technologies they will encounter in the field. Subjects covered include computer troubleshooting and repair, basic networking, operating systems, supporting common end-user applications, as well as soft skills such as oral and written communication, and customer service. This program teaches skills needed to work for companies with small to mid-size help desks or large corporate user support centers. Our program delivers curriculum using currently released industry software, including Operating System (OS) and Network Operating System (NOS), and the instructors are industry certified professionals with years of experience in the classroom and industry.

Program Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Perform computer information technology practices and procedures required for entry to mid-level employment;
  • Perform computer information technology entry to mid-level skill sets and apply theoretical principles;
  • Install, manage, configure and use functions and features of current releases of operating systems, network operating systems and applications;
  • Install , troubleshoot and repair computer equipment and peripherals;
  • Evaluate, identify and apply appropriate security standards; and
  • Communicate effectively with technical and non-technical audiences.

Career Opportunities

Computer support specialists are in high demand. They help people solve problems with their computer hardware and software. They help coworkers and people who purchase their company’s products to troubleshoot the problem and determine whether to make repairs or make changes to the computer setup. Computer support specialists read technical manuals to determine the problem, test computers to make sure they work, and help determine a company’s computer needs. At larger companies, specialists may teach staff how to use new software. A computer support specialist who works with customers may teach customers how to install software or hardware or how to use the software purchased.


This program will prepare students for the following certifications: Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Comp TIA A+, and others. Central Lakes College is a Prometric, VUE and Certiport Authorized Test Center. All certifications exams can be delivered on-site.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Employment Statistics

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Program Course Requirements

COMP 1109    Introduction to Operating Systems ……….. 3 cr
COMP 1131    Microsoft Word Comprehensive……………. 4 cr
COMP 1132    Microsoft Access Comprehensive………….. 4 cr
COMP 1133    Microsoft PowerPoint Comprehensive….. 3 cr
COMP 1134    Microsoft Outlook Comprehensive………… 1 cr
COMP 1135    Microsoft Excel Comprehensive…………….. 4 cr
COMP 1204*  Computer Repair I – A+ Hardware…………. 4 cr
COMP 1206*  Computer Repair II –A+ Operating Systems… 3 cr
COMP 1230*  Network Essentials…………………………………. 4 cr
COMP 1253*  Client Operating Systems Administration…… 4 cr
COMP 2202*  Computer User Support…………………………. 3 cr


*Denotes Prerequisites

Program Instructors

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Computer Tech Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8256
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Computer Technology Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8240
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