frequently asked questions

This page contains answers to questions that are frequently asked by students about Los Angeles City College, the Computer Technology and Electronics Department, and our programs. If you have a question that doesn't appear here, e-mail our web master for the answer. We will post the question here for other students to find.

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Questions about the Computer Technology degree and certificates:


How long does it take to complete a skills cetificate in Computer Technology?
A skills cetificate in Computer Technology normally takes 2 semesters to complete.

How long does it take to complete a Computer Technology degree or certificate?
A Computer Technology degree or certificate normally takes 4 semesters or two years to complete.

What is the difference between a degree and a certificate?

We offer certificates for short-term and long-term programs. The degree and the long-term certificate both require the same number and sequence of technical courses. To obtain an Associate in Science degree, the student must also complete a certain number of general education courses including English, History, and others. The general education courses can be taken during the summer or winter intersessions to speed things up.The college catalog has information about degree requirements. Students are urged to contact a counselor to prepare a properly sequenced study list.


Questions about the Electronics degree and certificates:

 

How long does it take to complete a cetificate in Basic Electronics?
A cetificate in Basic Electronics normally takes 3 semesters to complete.


How long does it take to complete an Electronic Systems Technology degree or certificate?

An Electronic Systems Technology degree or certificate normally requires 4 semesters or two years to complete.

 

What is the difference between a degree and certificate in Electronic Systems Technology?

The Electronic Systems Technology degree and certificate both require the same number and sequence of technical courses. To obtain an Associate in Science degree, the student must also complete a certain number of general education courses including English, History, and others. The general education courses can be taken during the summer or winter intersessions to speed things up.The college catalog has information about degree requirements. Students are urged to contact a counselor to prepare a properly sequenced study list.


Questions about the CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certification and Certificates:


What is the CompTIA A+ Certificate?
The CompTIA A+ Certificate is issued to anyone who can pass 2 examinations provided by the CompTIA Foundation. The content of the examinations involves the technical aspects of current personal computer equipment such as found in an IBM PC or clone. The examinations are comprehensive, and involve questions on disk drives, power supplies, motherboards, video displays, and operating systems. The CompTIA A+ certificate obtained by passing these examinations is a major key to open doors to a variety of job opportunities.

Wbat is the CompTIA Network+ Certificate?
The CompTIA Network+ Certificate is also issued to those who successfully complete an examination provided by CompTIA. This examination centers on networking technology. It involves communication protocols, essential networking hardware, and how the various operating systems like Windows and UNIX support networking. Like the CompTIA A+ exam, the CompTIA Network+ exam is comprehensive and includes all the operating systems and protocols. Also like the CompTIA A+ certificate, the CompTIA Network+ certificate is a key to job opportunities.

Can I take the CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ examinations at LACC?
No, the examinations are given at convenient locations and times throughout the city by other agents. We offer, however, discounted exam registration vouchers to the students taking courses in our exam preparation program. For more information contact Sofya Mednik at 323-953-4000, extension 2810.

What courses do I take to prepare for the CompTIA A+ examination?
At minimum, you need to take Computer Technology 12 and Computer Technology 14. You can take CT-12 and CT-14 in 2 consecutive semesters or during the same semester. Additionally, we strongly recommend Computer Technology 1, which is an introduction to computers and how they work, and Electronics 2 which introduces you to the essentials of electronics.

What courses do I take to prepare for the CompTIA Network+ examination?
At minimum, you need Computer Technology 4, which is an introduction to networking theory, and Computer Technology 15, which is the examination preparation course. We also strongly recommend completing the courses for the CompTIA A+ certificate first.

What are the LACC CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+ Certification Preparation Skills Certificates all about?
Students may obtain a one-year CompTIA A+ Certification Preparation skills certificate from the CTEL Department upon completion of CT-12 and CT-14, CT-1, and either EL-2 or EL-4 or EL-6. Check out the "Computer Technology Degree and Certificates" link from the main page of this site for the details. The department also issues a similar skills certificate for the CompTIA Network+ Preparation, which requires CT-1, CT-4, and CT-15. See the certificate requirements page on this site for details.

 

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Questions about LACC and taking classes:

 

How do I get started with the enrollment procedure?
You should come to campus and go to the Student Assistance Center located in the Administration Building, room 104. Here you will find all the information about enrolling at LACC and getting registered for classes. Here are assistance persons who can answer your questions and guide you through the paperwork. Assistance is available in several languages. You can also initiate the admission and enrollment process at http://www.lacitycollege.edu/citymain/forstudents/index.html.

Once I am enrolled at the college, how do I sign up for classes?
Upon enrollment, you will be given a scheduled time to call the telephone enrollment system to request classes. Before that time, obtain a class schedule for the next semester or intersession, and select the classes you wish to take. You should meet with a counselor or faculty member to decide on a study plan to suit your interests. When your scheduled time arrives, make the call as directed in the schedule and select your classes using the classe "section number" which is given in the schedule. At the start of the semester, if you wish to add more classes or make adjustments, you can do this via the telephone system or internet at http://www.lacitycollege.edu/citymain/forstudents/index.html for the first week. After that, in order to add a class, you need to find the instructor of the class you wish to add to request an Add Card.

If I need help, where do I go?
That depends on the type of help you need. If you have enrollment questions, try the Student Assistance Center, the college catalog, or the counselors, in that order. For questions about classes, the best thing is to go to the instructor.

What transfer opportunities are there for LACC students in these majors?
The CTEL Department is currently working on an articulation agreement with California State University Los Angeles, and their Computer Science, Technology and Engineering Department to facilitate transfer to that college for LACC students with minimum hassle. Many of our units will be acceptable directly into their programs.

What facilities are available at LACC for study in CT and EL?
The CTEL Department is continually updating their facilities and equipment. Currently have installed all new computers in our primary computer laboratories, FH-B06 and B-09. LACC has full Internet access and WiFi at many locations in the campus. Many classes require use of the network and Internet for research and activities.