(HUTTO) – Texas State Technical College in Williamson County is adding two new academic programs for the fall.
Computer Networking and Security Technology will be added as a Certificate 1 and cover topics like web server support, firewalls and computer maintenance.
Cyber Security will be offered as a Certificate 2 covering information security, programming logic, networking technologies and other subjects.
“It’s all about enrollment now – grow, grow, grow,” TSTC in Williamson County Provost Edgar Padilla said.
TSTC in Williamson County Executive Director Evan Morgan said both programs are a way for people already in the workforce to expand their professional credentials.
The programs will emphasize what TSTC is known for in hands-on learning, course diversity and building skills that will shift graduates into good-paying jobs.
The technical programs complement Williamson County’s industry goals. Technology is one of the industries targeted for growth by the Williamson County Economic Development Partnership.
Students with Computer Networking and Security Technology certifications or degrees can become Computer Network Support Specialists. Currently Williamson County has at least 450 workers in the field earning a regional average wage of $58,000, according to the county economic development partnership.
Graduates can also work to become Computer Network Architects – the county has more than 350 people in the field earning a regional average wage of $113,800, which is above the $100,700 national average wage, according to the county economic development partnership.
People with Cyber Security academic work can pursue Network and Computer System Administration. Williamson County has more than 800 workers in the field earning a regional average wage of $75,000, according to the county economic development partnership.
TSTC in Williamson County will host College for Heroes Day for veterans and their relatives to register for classes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the East Williamson County Higher Education Center on Innovation Boulevard in Hutto.
Registration continues for the fall semester. For more information, go to tstc.edu.