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Network Specialist - IT Program Code 101502

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Network Specialist - IT teaches students to design, install, configure, and maintain computer networks.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Network Support Specialist: designs and configures networks, installs hardware and software components, and maintains network performance.

Network Administrator: develops security procedures, assigns access rights, installs application software, and configures user profiles.

Successful completion of the course work in this program will also prepare a student to pursue vendor certification as a Network Engineer.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Cable Installer
. UNIX/LINUX Administrator
. PC Support Specialist
. Help Desk Technician
. IS Certifications, such as MSCE, A+, Network+, Linux+, Security+, VCP-DCV, and CCNA,
. Network Analyst
. Microsoft Network Administrator

The following certificates/technical diplomas may be applied toward this program:

. 901502, Networking Certificate

Program Outcomes

. Design a local area network (LAN) per specifications.
. Construct a local area network using the required physical components.
. Install network hardware including interface cards and cabling.
. Create effective user environments using Microsoft and UNIX/LINUX operating systems.
. Install and configure network and desktop operating system software.
. Install and configure application software.
. Design, implement, and maintain a secure network environment.
. Exercise structured problem solving techniques.
. Develop technical documentation for network configuration and security.
. Communicate technical information effectively.
. Assess the impact of emerging technologies.
. Maintain computer hardware and peripherals.
. Implement and configure wide area network (WAN) services.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. For a list of equivalents, go to
. One year of high school algebra completed.
. User level familiarity with one or more computer operating environments.
. Ability to interact with a computer system (keyboarding or assist device).
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program benchmarks are Reading Comprehension: 55; Sentence Skills: 75; Arithmetic: 65. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.


Students following the study plan below will complete the Network Specialist associate degree in the number of semesters shown.


10-150-163 IT:Network:Cisco 1
10-150-174 IT:Network:Client Op Sys
10-154-150 IT:Support:Hardware-Intro
10-801-136 English Composition 1
10-804-133 Math & Logic
10-809-199 Psychology Of Human Relations
* 10-890-101 College 101

10-150-157 IT:Network:UNIX/LINUX-Intro
10-150-165 IT:Network:Microsoft Server 1
10-150-168 IT:Network:Cisco 2
10-150-182 IT:Network: Virtualization
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-809-195 Economics

10-102-100 Bus and Info Tech Occup Prep
10-107-194 IT:Documentation
10-150-145 IT:Network:Security Fund
10-150-186 IT:Network:Microsoft Server 2
10-150-197 IT:Network:Apps-Linux
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies

10-150-170 IT:Network:Capstone
10-150-173 IT:Network:Cisco 3
10-150-189 IT:Network: Apps-Microsoft
10-150-199 IT:Network: Intern Practicum
10-809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App


Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

Suggested Electives
IT:Network:Firewall Inst/Conf, 10-150-146
IT:Network:Computer Forensics, 10-150-169
IT:Program:Visual Basic, 10-152-163
IT:Support:Advanced Projects, 10-154-157


These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-102-100 BUS AND INFO TECH OCCUP PREP exploration, self- exploration, career planning, career placement, job seeking skills. This course should not be taken before the 3rd semester or completing at least half of the core program courses.

10-107-194 IT:DOCUMENTATION ...plan documentation content and delivery methods; develop online, context-sensitive written documentation, become familiar with ISO 9000 standards, package PDF files, and create compiled help modules. Proficiency using Word required. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition 1 or equivalent)

10-150-145 IT:NETWORK:SECURITY FUNDAMENTALS ...examine common security vulnerabilities and defenses used to protect network resources. Included is a discussion of security policies, user awareness training, network monitoring, and secure network design. (Prerequisites: 10-150-157, IT:Network:UNIX/LINUX-Intro; 10-150-165, IT:Network:Microsoft Server 1; 10-150-168, IT:Network:Cisco 2; 10-801-136, English Composition 1)

10-150-157 IT:NETWORK:UNIX/LINUX-INTRO introductory look at Unix/Linux administration and implementation. The learner will install, configure, and administer a Unix/Linux server, populate the system with users/groups, write scripts, and troubleshoot system failures. (Prerequisites: 10-150-163, IT:Network:Cisco 1 and 10-150-174, IT:Network:Client Operating Systems)

10-150-163 IT:NETWORK:CISCO 1 ...cable characteristics and termination, structured cabling systems, OSI reference model, IP addressing and subnetting, network architectures and basic protocols, Ethernet switches, basic router operation and configuration.

10-150-165 IT:NETWORK:MICROSOFT SERVER 1 ...Microsoft Server OS administration and implementation. Learner will install and configure the OS, Active Directory, Group Policies, IIS and security. (Prerequisite: 10-150-174, IT:Network:Client Operating Systems)

10-150-168 IT:NETWORK:CISCO 2 ...basic routing and packet-forwarding concepts; understanding, configuring and troubleshooting dynamic routing protocols; IP addressing with VLSM; static routes. (Prerequisite: 10-150-163, IT:Network: Cisco 1)

10-150-170 IT:NETWORK:CAPSTONE ...individual case studies to review and consolidate the knowledge and skills gained in previous classes. Course is intended to be taken during the student's last semester. (Prerequisites: 10-150-145, IT:Network:Security Fundamentals; 10-150-186, IT:Network:Microsoft Server 2;10-150-197, IT:Network:Apps-Linux)

10-150-173 IT:NETWORK:CISCO 3 ...layer 2 & 3 switching, switch configuration, management and security, configure and manage VLANs, trunking, inter-VLAN routing, access control lists and other advanced Cisco topics. (Prerequisite: 10-150-168, IT:Network:Cisco 2)

10-150-174 IT:NETWORK:CLIENT OPERATING SYSTEMS ...basic OS functions; memory, CPU, device/file management techniques, OS installation/configuration; configuration of I/O and storage devices; basic network connectivity; standard system maintenance procedures; command line introduction and batch file writing.

10-150-182 IT:NETWORK: VIRTUALIZATION ...designing, implementing, and securing aspects of virtualization environments including, but not limited to, storage technologies, virtual network infrastructure, and virtual machine installation, configuration, and migration. (Prerequisites: 10-150-163, IT:Network:Cisco 1; 10-150-174, IT: Network: Client Operating Systems)

10-150-186 IT:NETWORK:MICROSOFT SERVER 2...remote workstation installation and administration, DHCP, DNS, IPsec, and VPN. Enterprise software deployment, Terminal Services, multi domain management and migration. Administration scripting, performance monitoring, and network security. (Prerequisites: 10-150-165, IT:Network:Microsoft Server 1; 10-150-168, IT:Network:Cisco 2)

10-150-189 IT:NETWORK:APPLICATIONS-MICROSOFT ...fundamentals of project management, software installation in a network environment, application launching options, application and data security, Groupware applications, Network utility software, and effective user support. (Prerequisites: 10-150-186, IT:Network:Microsoft Server 2; 10-150-168, IT:Network:Cisco 2)

10-150-197 IT:NETWORK:APPLICATIONS-LINUX ...designing, implementing, and securing various network applications and services in a Linux-based network including, Web, Email, Infrastructure, and Database services. These services will be implemented using both physical and virtualized Linux servers. (Prerequisite: 10-150-157, IT:Network:UNIX/LINUX-Intro)

10-150-199 IT:NETWORK: INTERN PRACTICUM ...practical hands-on experience applying skills developed in the program at an approved site with supervision by an employer and the instructor with related projects and discussion. (Prerequisites: 10-801-136, English Composition I; 10-801-133, Math & Logic; Corequisite: 10-102-100, Bus and Info Tech Occup Prep)

10-154-150 IT:SUPPORT:HARDWARE-INTRO network terminology, component identification, POST, computer/peripheral configuration and maintenance, basic operating systems concepts and installations, basic networking concepts and configurations and troubleshooting using the Cisco IT Essentials curriculum.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-133 MATH & LOGIC ...students will apply mathematical problem solving techniques. Topics will include symbolic logic, sets, algebra, Boolean algebra, and number bases. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Arithmetic score=65 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer- Reading =55 and Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-166 INTRO TO ETHICS: THEORY & APP ...basic understanding of theoretical foundations of ethical thought; analyze/compare relevant issues using diverse ethical perspectives; critically evaluate individual, social/professional standards of behavior--applying a systematic decision-making process. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.



Networking Specialist graduates earn a median starting salary of $36,000.