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‘Secure’ Jobs on Horizon for Students in MCCC’s New Security Systems Technology Program

1/27/17


In the first course, students learn about the operation and integration of industry products and technologies, and how they keep assets safe around the world.

Trenton, N.J. – One of the college’s newest programs is Security Systems Technology (SST), developed in partnership with the Security Industry Association (SIA). Launching its first full year this fall, three new courses will roll out in the spring.

This dynamic new A.A.S. degree program prepares students for jobs that support the selling, installation, management, and technical support of physical security systems technologies in an IP-based net­worked environment. Graduates are in high demand, with salaries expected to top $60,000 annually.

According to Information Technology faculty member Jeff Weichert, coordinator of the SST program, qualified students will have a streamlined pathway to open positions in the industry. "The reason companies are so interested in working with us is because they can't find qualified applicants for open positions that currently exist," he said.

The jointly-offered program will provide collaborative course instruction and internship opportunities. SIA is providing full support for lab equipment and instruction. “Students are getting the most advanced technology and techniques from industry experts,” Weichert said.

Employees in this industry are responsible for supporting the installation, management, and technical support of physical security system technologies in an IP-based networked environment, including performing control station monitoring, and configuring and installing physical security hardware and software, cameras and optics, access control systems, video management systems (VMS), and fire and burglary systems.

The first course, Physical Security Product Technologies (SST 200), was introduced at the Trenton campus this fall. It will be presented again starting Friday, Feb. 3. The three other SST courses scheduled for spring are Security Sales: The Consultative Approach (SST230) starting Feb. 21; Fundamentals of Computer Networks (NET104) starting Feb. 23; and Introduction to PC Hardware and Software (NET102), which starts Feb. 24.

Weichert observes that these courses are an excellent foundation for numerous IT degree programs offered at Mercer, including AAS programs in Computer Networking & Technology, Cybersecurity and the certificate program in Network Engineering Technology, which can be completed in one year.

For more information, email Jeff Weichert at sst@mccc.edu.

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