Networking IT & Computer Systems (NICS)

About the Program

As a Cisco Academy and a OpenEDG Academy, the Networking IT & Computer Systems (NICS) program is designed for high school juniors and seniors to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for entry level work and/or to prepare for higher education in the field of information technology and computer networking. Information Technology has been one of the fastest growing segments of the worldwide workforce for the past few decades and the demand for talent continues.

What will I learn?

  • Design, install, operate, and troubleshoot an enterprise network.
  • Fundamentals of network security.
  • Implement and maintain a wireless network.
  • Computer hardware builds, troubleshooting and repair.
  • The basics of software development.
  • Build knowledge and skill of commercial and open source operating systems.
  • Virtualized computing.
  • Ethical issues in computing and social networking.

What types of jobs could I do?

  • IT Technician
  • IT Administrator
  • Field Service Technician
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Network Support Technician
  • Network Installer
  • Programmer

Can I earn college credit?

Students can earn up to 12 CTAG credits.

What are the potential certifications?

Networking cisco

The CCENT certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions, the starting point for many successful careers in networking. CCENT certified professionals have the knowledge and skill to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security.

Networking ccna

The CCNA is a certification program for entry-level network engineers that helps maximize your investment in foundational networking knowledge and increase the value of your employer's network.

Networking compTIA

IT success stories start with CompTIA A+ certification. It validates understanding of the most common hardware and software technologies in business and certifies the skills necessary to support complex IT infrastructures. CompTIA A+ is a powerful credential that helps IT professionals worldwide ignite their IT career.

Networking OpenEDG


Certified Associate in Python Programming. Open Education and Development Group (OpenEDG, through its educational, assessment and certification programs, brings together a committed community of IT professionals, programming specialists, programming enthusiasts, education establishments, training organizations, companies and volunteers who strive for quality development, assessment excellence and the promotion of programming and IT-related technologies.

Networking PCAP

Python is one of the most popular programming languages today and there is high demand for compentent talent.

Mr Hardesty

Mr. Hardesty
NICS Instructor

Mr. Bryan Hardesty begins his employment at the Coshocton County Career Center in August 2017.

Mr. Hardesty is a 1989 graduate of Coshocton High School. He attended Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN where he studied Science and Psychology, as well as played basketball for the university. He received his Bachelor of Science in 1994.

Mr. Hardesty became a Microsoft Certified Professional in 2003, and has a wide range of experience in Windows Server, Windows Workstation, Networking, Wireless, and Virtual Technologies.

Mr. Hardesty worked at Coshocton Hospital, now Coshocton Regional Medical Center, for 20 years in the Information Technology Department. During those years, he held roles as a PC Analyst, Network Administrator, and finally IT Director.




23640 AIRPORT ROAD, COSHOCTON, OH 43812-9599


The Coshocton County Career Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.

The following person(s) have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Matt Colvin, Superintendent, 23640 Airport Road, Coshocton, OH  43812
740/622-0211, ext. 1104

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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