Networking

Computer networking switch and patch cables

About the Career

Constructing the networks others rely on, network administrators maintain LANs, WANs and intranets. A growing field, network administrators are in demand in all organizations and businesses.

  • Network Administrators

    Network administrators maintain LANs, WANs and intranets. They are in demand in all businesses and organizations, and the field is expanding as technology advances. Network administrators often have a bachelor’s degree, and they earn a median salary of $79,700.

  • Computer Network Support Specialist

    Computer network support specialists test and troubleshoot existing networks. They earn an average of $67,770.

(Salaries from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

About the Program

Graduates are equipped with necessary tools needed to be competitive in the technology job market place. Students learn about setting up desktops and servers, troubleshooting, hardware and software.

After completing the COM networking certificate, students may enter the workforce as network administrators or computer support specialists. In addition to gaining extensive practical applications experience the students will also get the opportunity to obtain one of main industry recognized technology certifications.


Occupational Skills Award - Networking Fundamentals

Upon completion of the Networking Fundamentals Occupational Skills Award, the student will be equipped to pass both COMPTIA A+ exams and be certified in PC operating systems and PC hardware.

The COMPTIA A+ certificate is recognized by the IT industry and positions the student to find employment in this area.

Additionally, the student will have the ability to gain two Microsoft certifications as well as completion of prerequisites for many of the courses found in the Networking Certificate.

Recommended Full-Time Student Schedule

Semester 1

Course SCH
ITNW 1308 Implementing and Supporting Client Operating Systems 3
ITNW 1354 Implementing and Supporting Servers 3
ITSC 1305 Introduction to PC Operating Systems 3
ITSC 1325 Personal Computer Hardware 3
Semester Total 12

Total Semester Credit Hours: 12

Certificate – Networking

The Networking Certificate is designed to provide the student with a well-rounded education for obtaining employment as a Network or Systems Administrator. Each course in this certificate is associated with an industry exam, and in most cases, with an industry certificate. Students are also provided a co-op opportunity with local organizations.

Students can take four classes to obtain an Occupational Skills Award. All courses comprising the Occupational Skills Award is included in the Networking Certificate. Additionally, the courses in this certificate may transfer to a 4-year university which offers applied science bachelor’s degrees. This is a Level One Certificate.

Recommended Full-Time Student Schedule

Semester 1

Course SCH
ITNW 1308 Implementing and Supporting Client Operating Systems 3
ITNW 1354 Implementing and Supporting Servers 3
ITSC 1305 Introduction to PC Operating Systems 3
ITSC 1325 Personal Computer Hardware 3
POFT 1321 Linux Installation and Configuration 3
Semester Total 15

Semester 2

Course SCH
ITSC 1391 Special Topics in Computer and Information Sciences, General Linux 3
ITNW 1325 Fundamentals of Network Technology 3
ITNW 2312 Routers 3
ITNW 1345 Implementing Network Directory Services 3
ITNW 1353 Supporting Network Server Infrastructure 3
Semester Total 15

Semester 3

Course SCH
ITSY 1300 Fundamentals of Information Security 3
ITNW 2305 Network Administration 3
ITNW 1480 Cooperative Education - Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 3
Semester Total 15

Degree Total Hours: 40

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