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Cyber Technician Program in Aurora, CO

The Cyber Technician Program is designed to prepare students for entry into the industry of installing, maintaining, and repairing computers, enterprise, and small office networks and cybersecurity systems. The program prepares students for the CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ Certification examinations. These exams measure the knowledge and skills expected of entry-level technicians. The CompTIA certifications are recognized throughout the country as the industry standard.

This program articulates for the AAS degree at Community College of Aurora.

Almost two billion personal records were compromised in the first half of 2017. The demand for professionals that know how to protect computers and networks from the many threats from criminals and hostile foreign powers has never been higher. Salaries are rising accordingly.

The Cyber Technician program prepares students to be trustworthy stewards of corporate and private networks. Students learn an in-depth understanding of computers, the internet, the “cloud” and methods to secure data and networks. One does not simply take a security class and suddenly have the ability to secure networks. Knowledge of PC maintenance and repair, Windows, Linux, switches, routers, cabling, network addressing, firewalls, remote access, virtualization, troubleshooting, and management are absolutely necessary before one can credibly approach the security realm. Graduates of this program will have all that and more.



Instructor: Joseph Bowen

Years Teaching: Since 2010

Teaching Background: Joe “Chief” Bowen is a CompTIA and Colorado Department of Education STEM certified instructor who created and leads the Computer, Network and Security Technician courses. He evaluates high school and adult students against multiple local, state, and national standards without bias or favoritism. He gives students maximum leeway to proceed with the course at a pace that works for them according to student’s needs and course length. He maximizes hands-on performance and uses best teaching practices. He works with students to arrange for, monitor, and improve internship and job opportunities. He integrates training aids and knowledge into a classroom experience that motivates students and produces great technicians and better citizens. Mr. Bowen is proud that The Cyber Technician program at Pickens is completely hands on. Mr. Bowen says, “When students finish the program they are ready to start their career as a technician.”

Years in Industry:
Mr. Bowen was a telecommunications engineer for 21 years and an Army Reserve officer for 29 years.

Industry Background:
Mr. Bowen has worked in the computer networking industry for 21 years. During that time he installed equipment everywhere from Japan to Korea to Singapore to Aurora. He has hired dozens of engineers and designed networks with thousands of nodes and many layers of complexity.

Certifications and Degrees:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix
  • Master of Science in Telecommunications Management from the University of Denver

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