MCCC to Launch First Full Year for Security Systems Technology Program

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Trenton, N.J. – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will launch its first full year of courses in Security Systems Technology (SST) this fall. Taught in partnership with the Security Industry Association (SIA), this 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.

The 200-level course for Fall 2016 is Physical Security Product Technologies (SST 200), which will be held on Fridays, starting Sept. 2 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.  A second new course in Electrical Wiring and Cabling (EET 141) will be offered in the spring.

Says MCCC Program Coordinator Jeffrey Weichert, “In these times, improved security is on everyone’s mind.  Our students will learn to assess the needs of homeowners, business owners, churches and public entertainment venues for weaknesses and make proposals to implement solutions.”  He notes that salaries are expected to top $60,000 for students who earn this degree.

Students will earn a total of 66 credits for degree completion. Among the program’s other courses are Routing and Switching Essentials, Fiber Optics,  Scaling Networks, Security Project Management, Network Security, Systems Integration: A Business Blueprint, and Security Sales: The Consultative Approach.

Courses will be offered at MCCC’s West Windsor and Trenton-based James Kerney campuses. A specially designed high-tech lab has been developed in a new building at the Trenton campus for hands-on courses to be taught by industry professionals.

James Marcella, PSP, Director of Technical Services for Axis Communications, is the instructor for the fall course. “Students will be immersed in advanced technologies including video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection. By the end of the semester, they will gain hands-on experience with an array of state-of-the-art products.”

Upon earning their associate degrees, students will be able to configure and install physical security hardware and software, cameras and optics, access control systems, video man­agement systems (VMS), and fire and burglary systems, as well as perform control station monitoring. They will also have expertise in physical security practices and procedures, computer network protocols and standards, and printed and online technical documentation.

Weichert adds that students excelling in the program may be eligible for internships with physical security product manufacturers, system distributors, and systems integrators. A capstone assignment during the final semester will allow students to participate in the design and implementation of a real-world security solution.

Graduates will be prepared to take the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and CompTIA Security+ exams.

Said SIA CEO Don Erickson, “Today, physical security solutions are delivered and managed on traditional IP-based computer networks and end devices. Clearly, the need exists for specialists who understand both physical security and logical security. Mercer County Community College is the perfect partner to help the Security Industry Association begin to address that need.”

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Photo Caption: MCCC_SST_Lab
On site as the Security Systems Technology lab nears completion at Mercer County Community College’s Trenton Campus, from left, Naum Schwartzman, AXIS Communications; instructor James Marcella, AXIS Communications; Sherinda Barrow, Open Options; and Roscoe Coffman, Open Options; and MCCC Professors Jeff Weichert and Dom DeFino.