Computer Repair



The A+ Computer Repair and Networking programs are designed to prepare students for entry into the Information Technology (IT) Industry.  Students will have the opportunity to work on computers and networking equipment to expand their experiences.  

Dual credit is now being offered through Harper College in Palatine. Students who apply will be given the opportunity to receive both District 214 credit AND Harper College credit for the completion of the A+ Computer Repair and Networking courses. Students who apply can receive a Harper College transcript, which can be applied to most four-year colleges. 

Students will also have the opportunity to take the CompTIA A+ and Network+ certification exams at the end of the courses.  These exams are not required but give students a leg up on their peers as they prepare to compete for technology related jobs.

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A+ Computer Repair Course Description
Networking Course Descriptions
What is CompTIA A+® Certification?
Harper College Program Information
Computer Donations
Contact Information


A+ Computer Repair (Course #674) - Course Description 

A+ Computer Repair is a technology class that prepares students to work with today's technology. Students will focus on computer hardware and software, exploring currently used technologies. Students who expect to move into Technology related fields, as well as those who just want to know how computers work will benefit from this course.

Students are not required, but encouraged, to take the certification exam as part of the course. Students will concentrate on building, maintaining and repairing computer hardware. Students will learn to install, use and troubleshoot Windows XP and Windows Vista. Windows 7 has been added to the curriculum but is not currently on the certification exam.

Costs involved in getting certified

The two exams needed to get certified currently cost $74 each. If you are not in our program the cost would be $186 for each exam. As an added incentive, District 214 will reimburse student exam fees when they pass their exam. So you can get certified as a A+ Computer Repair Technician for FREE!! 

The courses students would receive credit for are  Harper Courses NET 111 (A+ Hardware) and NET 112 (A+ Operating Systems Technologies). For more information about Harper College's Computer Degrees please see information below. 

Networking - Course Descriptions

Cisco Networking Basics (Course # 675) 

Provides students with a comprehensive introduction to local area networks. Includes the OSI model, media, topologies, protocols, network maintenance, upgrades, troubleshooting and current network operating systems. Students will work with the Cisco Discovery Curriculum, which is an online program which includes labs and simulations. Students will complete much of the Networking for Home and Small Businessescurriculum. 

Cisco Router and Routing Basics (Course # 676)

Provides students with a detailed examination of internet addressing and protocols. Includes IP addressing, routing, IP, ICMP, ARP, TCP, UDP, DHCP, DNS, HTTP, FTP, and SMTP. Uses protocol analyzer to monitor and examine network traffic. Students will use part of the Cisco Discovery Curriculum, which is an online program that includes labs and simulations. Students will complete parts of the Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP curiculum.

CISCO Networking Basics and Cisco Router and Routing Basics are the first two semesters of a 4 semester sequence designed to provide students with classroom and laboratory experiences in current and emerging networking technology. The focus will be to empower students for immediate career and/or further study and training in the computer networking technology. Topics willl include networking, terminology, protocols, cabling, network standards, setting up LAN, WAN, Ethernet basics, network administor duties etc.

These district course offered at JHHS, WHS and RMHS and is open to all students in District 214. The course content is regulated by industry standards. Students complete the first two semesters at District 214 sites and receive college credit through the dual-credit program. Students are then eligible to complete the remaining two semesters at Harper College and have the opportunity to take the industry certification exam. Class times will vary depending on the school selected. Students should consult their counselors for meeting time.

Cisco Networking Academy

The Cisco Networking Academy Program is a comprehensive e-learning program that provides students with the Internet technology skills essential in a global economy. The Networking Academy delivers web-based content, online assessment, student performance tracking, hands-on labs, instructor training and support, and preparation for industry standard certifications. For more information about the academy click here.

What is CompTIA A+® Certification?

CompTIA A+ certification is an international industry credential that validates the knowledge of computer service technicians with the equivalent of 500 hours of hands-on experience. Major hardware and software vendors, distributors and resellers accept CompTIA A+ as the standard in foundation-level, vendor-neutral certification for service technicians. The exams cover a broad range of hardware and software technologies, but are not bound to any vendor-specific products. The skills and knowledge measured by the CompTIA A+ exams were derived from an industry-wide and worldwide job task analysis. To date, more than 500,000 individuals have obtained CompTIA A+ certification.

CompTIA A+ certification validates the latest skills needed by today’s computer support professionals. It is an international, vendor-neutral certification recognized by major hardware and software vendors, distributors and resellers. CompTIA A+ confirms a technicians ability to perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking. The exams also cover domains such as security, safety and environmental issues and communication and professionalism.

CompTIA A+ ensures the right people have the right skills. While many of the essential skills are universal, there are additional skills required to support the needs of businesses. By offering certification options for specific job scenarios, CompTIA A+ gives individuals the ability to grow their careers in a certain area, and employers the flexibility to choose the exam combination that best fits their needs.

A+ Test Format

Students must pass both Essentials and Practical Applications exams. The exams consists of 100 questions, and you have 90 minutes to complete the exam. Students need to score 675 or higher on the Essentials exam, and 700 or better of the Practical Applications exam. Over the past three years, 70% of the students who took both exams passed. For more information about the exams, click here.

A+ Test Objectives

CompTIA A+ Essentials measures the necessary competencies of an entry-level IT professional with a recommended 500 hours of hands-on experience in the lab or field. It tests for technical understanding of computer technology, networking and security, as well as the communication skills and professionalism now required of all entry-level IT professionals.

CompTIA A+ Practical Application is an extension of the knowledge and skills identified in CompTIA A+ Essentials, with more of a "hands-on" orientation focused on scenarios in which troubleshooting and tools must be applied to resolve problems.

Harper College Program Information

Harper College in Palatine now offers several two year and certificate programs in computer and web development. Below are links to their programs and specific course information that would coordinate between Harper and District 214.

Two-Year (Associate Degree) Programs

  • Computers in Business - Management Information Systems
  • Computers in Business - Applications
  • Computers in Business - Network Administration
  • Computers in Business - Database Management
  • Computers in Business - Computer Desktop Support
  • Computers Forensics and Security

Certificate Programs - Complete curriculum and earn industry certifications

  • Computers in Business
  • Software Development
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Computer Forensic Specialist
  • LAN Management
  • Advanced LAN Management
  • Linux Network Administration Management
  • Microsoft Network Administration Management
  • Network Security
  • Cisco Network Administration Certificate


Computer Donations 

We do accept computer donations. Most systems that can be taken apart or used for parts are accepted. Systems that are Pentium 3 or newer. Anything older is too outdated for the class. CRT monitors are not accepted as they take up too much space. For more information please contact the instructor for your school. 


Contact Information

Tom Polak, Instructor at JHHS, BGHS, PHS and WHS  |  (847) 718-4834

Mike Drenth, Instructor at RMHS and EGHS  |  (847) 718-5647