Career In A Year

Total completers in the past year
Students passing licensure exam
Students who were employed in their field of study
Student Loan Debt at Graduation
based on most recent annual report for accrediting agency
Classes are in session from
8:15 am - 3:00 pm
Monday - Friday
Computer Repair & Networking
Computer Repair and Networking
Length of program:
37 weeks (1,110 clock hrs)
Tuition and fees*:
$ 1,350.00
Cost of books and supplies*:
$ 730.10
Other costs*:
$ 0.00
Total cost of program*:
$ 2,080.10
On-time graduation rate for completers:
Placement rate for completers:
Enrollment limitation:
20 students

*Denotes approximate costs. Sales tax is not included and all costs are subject to change.
Ron Thompson
Master Instructor
CompTIA Network+
CompTIA A+
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS)
870.633.5411 ext. 146

Mission Statement

The mission of the Computer Repair and Networking Program at Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute is to provide the training necessary for students to be competitive in the workforce by strengthening the basic, occupational, communication, and technical skills required to become economically self-sufficient or to use acquired training as a foundation to higher education.

The proliferation of computer technology in businesses and the workplace has created a huge demand for computer technicians (people who can set up, repair, network, and maintain computers and related technology). The Computer Repair and Networking program at Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute can prepare you to enter the world of a computer technician.

You will be trained in various Microsoft operating systems, computer applications, computer hardware, and how to set up computer peripherals (printers, scanners, etc.). Our goal is to prepare you for a career in the Information Technology (IT) field. Hands-on training conducted on computer hardware, software, networks, upgrades, configuration, and problem-solving techniques are stressed. In addition, emphasis is placed on honesty, integrity, and confidentiality.

After completing this program, you will be prepared to find work as a computer repair technician, computer/network support specialist, help desk technician, network administrator/installer, remote desktop technician, or as a software support technician.
Information technology encompasses all jobs related to computing technology, including networking, software, hardware and the Internet, according to There are a number of information technology positions that extend from entry-level to management, with a wide array of salaries. Some positions require interaction with people while others do not. If you have any interest in information technology, there is probably a job that fits your personality.

Computer Support Specialist - are usually divided into two categories; technical support specialists and help-desk technicians. Technical support specialists work for organizations, helping address computer-user issues using automatic diagnostics programs. They may write training manuals and offer training. Help desk technicians address customer computer-related inquiries and provide assistance.
Systems Analyst - interact with clients, meeting with prospective customers and determining needs through interviews and observation.

Instructor Biography - Ron Thompson

I have been with Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute since the inception of the Computer Repair and Networking program. I have been in the computer IT (Information Technology) industry since 1990.  During this time, I have gained valuable experience in different positions where I have built computers, worked in customer support, installed networks, installed numerous operating systems, installed/setup computers, installed/setup various assortment of networks, troubleshoot network connection problems, laptop/notebook computer repair, and taught software applications. I have received IT certifications in A+ (CompTIA's Computer support and repair certification), MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional), MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer), MOUS (Microsoft Office User Specialist), and Network+ (CompTIA's Network support and setup certification).

Teaching is and always has been my choice for a career. I receive great satisfaction in watching my student's knowledge of the computer/networking field grow.

The CRN program at CRTI has been and continues to be a successful program.  My former students have obtained high-end jobs throughout the State of Arkansas and other states, as well.  Their success has come through hard work of their own and with the guidance and education I furnish at CRTI.

Useful links
CompTIA Home Page
Microsoft Digital Literacy
Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Certification Exams
Pearson Vue CompTIA Certification Testing
Additional Courses
*NOTE: These courses are required to receive a diploma. Unsatisfactory completion of these courses will result in a certificate of completion for the program only.
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1620 Newcastle Road
Forrest City, AR 72335
Phone: 870.633.5411
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