Computer Support Specialist Diploma

Computer Support Specialist Diploma

NOTE: Central Lakes College is a Prometric, VUE, and Certiport Authorized Test Center. All certification exams can be delivered on site.

Career Description

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.

Program Information

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

Graduates will be able to:

  • 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.


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.

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Program Course Requirements

Fall Semester – 1st Year (11 credits)
COMP 1109  Introduction to Operating Systems, 3 cr
COMP 1131  Microsoft Word Comprehensive, 4 cr
COMP 1204  Computer Repair I – A+ Hardware, 4 cr

Spring Semester – 1st Year (11 credits)
COMP 1132  Microsoft Access Comprehensive, 4 cr
COMP 1135  Microsoft Excel Comprehensive, 4 cr
COMP 1206*  Computer Repair II – A+ Operating Systems, 3 cr

Fall Semester – 2nd Year (4 credits)
COMP 1133  Microsoft PowerPoint Comprehensive, 3 cr
COMP 1134  Microsoft Outlook Comprehensive, 1 cr

Spring Semester – 2nd Year (11 credits)
COMP 1253*  Client Operation Systems Administration, 4 cr
COMP 1230*  Network Essentials, 4 cr
COMP 2202*  Computer User Support, 3 cr

*Denotes Prerequisite

Program Instructors

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Dar Houle

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