IT Network Specialist

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Mequon Campus, Oak Creek Campus, West Allis Campus
  • Pathway: STEM
  • Program Code: 10-150-2
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the IT Network Specialist Degree

DESCRIPTION

Through hands-on coursework, you will set up and troubleshoot computer and network operating systems along with working with emerging IT technologies. Certification preparations in this degree include: VMware Certified Professional (VCP-DCV), Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNAv7), Microsoft Certifications, Amazon Web Services Cloud Practitioner (AWS-CP), Testout and CompTIA (A+, Network+ and Security+).

Employment opportunities are strong. This program will prepare you to obtain an entry-level information technology position with possibilities for advancement. You will also be ready to take industry certification exams.

You can earn the IT Networking and Infrastructure Administration technical diploma on the way to completing this degree.

Additional program details: Keys to your success are keeping up with the latest technologies, having strong problem-solving skills, and having the ability to work alone and with others in training and troubleshooting capacities.


Related Programs

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IT Networking and Infrastructure Administration

Through hands-on coursework, you will set up network operating systems and work with emerging technologies. Certification preparations in this program include: VMware Certified Professional (VCP-DCV), Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Windows Server and Client, and CompTIA (A+, Network+ and Security+).

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IT Computer Support Specialist

This program prepares you for industry-sought certifications, including CompTIA’s A+, Network +, Security+ and Mobility+ Device Administrators (iOS, Android and Windows), Microsoft Certified Professional in Windows Desktop, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Support Technician (MCITP), Apple OSX Certified Support Professional (ACSP), HDI-SCA, HDI-DST and ITIL Foundation.

Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
3
IT-107 Social Networking and Business Communications 3
ITNET-101 Network Communications (Network+) ^ 3
ITNET-110 Managing Windows Desktop (Client) Operating System ^ 3
ITNET-131 Introduction to Networks (Cisco 1) ^ 3
ENG-197 Technical Reporting
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
3
ITNET-112 MS Server Administration 1 ^ 3
ITNET-132 Routing/Switching Essentials (Cisco 2) ‡ ^ 3
ITSEC-124 Network Security (Security+) 3
ITSUP-102 CompTIA A+ Essentials 3
ITNET-111 MS Server Administration 2 ^ 3
ITNET-133 Scaling Networks (Cisco 3) ‡ ^ 3
ITNET-154 Scripting for Network Administrators ^ 3
ITNET-159 Cloud Infrastructure Services 3
MATH-123 Math With Business Applications ‡ ^
(or) Any 200-level MATH course
3
ELECTIVES (Three 100-level credits needed) 3
ITNET-157 Virtualization Technologies ^ 3
ITNET-198 Network Specialist Internship ‡ 1
ITNET-199 Integrated Project - Network Specialist 2
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
3
SOCSCI-197 Contemporary American Society
(or) Any 200-level HIST or SOCSCI course
3
TOTAL CREDITS 60

‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the IT Networking and Infrastructure Administration technical diploma.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times and locations, visit the full course catalog (link).

Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.

2021-2022 Program Card

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Cost & Aid Deadlines

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Program Outcomes

  • Implement computer networks
  • Implement client systems
  • Implement server operating systems
  • Implement network security components
  • Develop technical documentation
  • Troubleshoot network systems

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities are strong. This program will prepare you to obtain an entry-level information technology position with possibilities for advancement. You will also be ready to take industry certification exams.

Possible Careers

Cisco Certified Network Associate
Desktop Support Specialist
IT Field Technician
Junior Network Administrator
Network Technician
Network Specialist
Junior Network Engineer
Junior Network Analyst/Specialist

Admission Requirements

One year of high school-level algebra or one semester of college-level algebra.

Scholarships

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Last updated: 08/30/2021