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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:

. 611504, Networking Pathway Certificate

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during the year contact your academic advisor.

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 (Compass) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Pre-Algebra: 27; Reading 70; Writing Skills: 74. 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
10-150-175 IT:Network: Network Essentials
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

10-105-101 Career Planning
10-150-157 IT:Network:LINUX 1
10-150-165 IT:Network:Microsoft Server 1
10-150-168 IT:Network:Cisco 2
10-150-183 IT:Network: Virtualization 1
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-809-195 Economics

10-105-103 Career Preparation
10-150-145 IT:Network:Security Fund
10-150-158 IT:Network:Linux 2
10-150-178 IT:Network:Cisco 3
10-150-187 IT:Network: Microsoft Server 2
10-150-192 IT:Network:PowerShell
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies

10-150-170 IT:Network:Capstone
10-150-179 IT:Network:Cisco 4
10-150-184 IT:Network: Virtualization 2
10-150-190 IT:Network:Microsoft Server 3
10-150-197 IT:Network:Linux 3
10-150-199 IT:Network: Career Experience
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.


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

10-105-101 CAREER PLANNING ...experiential learning introduction. Learn how personal branding allows candidates to differentiate themselves from the competition through appearance, personality, and marketing competency. Career portfolio introduced. (Corequisite: 10-890-101, College 101).

10-105-103 CAREER PREPARATION ...create professional resume and cover letter, prepare for interviews, understand interviewing techniques, participate in a mock interview. Submission of experiential learning proposal. (Prerequisites: 10-105-101, Career Planning; 10-801-136, English Composition 1)

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:Linux 1; 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:LINUX introductory look at the Linux operating system. Installation and configuration; boot up and login process; directory structure purpose/use; maneuvering in the Command Line Interface; understanding Long Directory Listings; Users and Groups; modifying permissionss; remote access; starting and stopping services. (Prerequisites: 10-150-163, IT:Network:Cisco 1 and 10-150-175, IT:Network:Network Essentials)

10-150-158 IT:NETWORK:LINUX 2...installation and configuration of basic Linux Server Applications; Web, FTP, SSH, Samba, etc.; building a Windows (Samba) Network on a Linux server; Troubleshooting boot up, login, and networking failures; Introduction to Firewalls and Security applications. (Prerequisite: 10-150-157, IT:Network: Linux 1)

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: 10-150-175, IT:Network:Network Essentials)

10-150-168 IT:NETWORK:CISCO 2 ...Basic configuration of routers and switches; resolving common issues with RIP, OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. (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;10-150-158, IT:Network:Linux 2)

10-150-175 IT:NETWORK:NETWORK ESSENTIALS...develop the knowledge, skills, process, and understanding of client OS installation, configuration, administration, and troubleshooting; network connectivity; standard system maintenance procedures; command line introduction; and basic PowerShell script writing.

10-150-178 IT:NETWORK:CISCO 3...configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, STP, AND VTP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks; implement DHCP and DNS operations in a network. (Prerequisite: 10-150-168, IT:Network: Cisco 2)

10-150-179 IT:NETWORK:CISCO 4...configure and troubleshoot WAN technologies and network devices resolve common issues with data link protocols; implement IPSec and virtual private network (VPN) operation in a complex network. (Prerequisite: 10-150-178, IT:Network:Cisco 3)

10-150-183 IT:NETWORK: VIRTUALIZATION 1...provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skill, process, and understanding of - 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. (Prerequisite: 10-150-163, Cisco 1; 10-150-175, Network Essentials)

10-150-184 IT:NETWORK: VIRTUALIZATION 2...provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process, and understanding of - advanced topics in virtualization including virtual desktop infrastructure, fault tolerance and load balancing of virtual machines and network devices, as well as other virtualization concepts currently utilized in the Information Technology field. (Prerequisite: 10-150-183, Virtualization 1)

10-150-187 IT:NETWORK:MICROSOFT SERVER 2 ...acquire necessary skills for administering Windows Server environment including Active Directory management, desktop/server deployment; Group Policy, and infrastructure management; Hyper-V, VDI, and security concepts while preparing for MCSA Exam 70-411. (Prerequisite: 10-150-165, IT:Network: Microsoft Server 1)

10-150-190 IT:NETWORK:MICROSOFT SERVER 3 ...advanced Windows Server administration including advanced Active Directory management, infrastructure, web, and server applications; backup and recovery; high availability and other advanced server services while preparing for MCSA Exam 70-411. (Prerequisite: 10-150-187, IT:Network:Microsoft Server 2)

10-150-192 IT:NETWORK:POWERSHELL...introduction to PowerShell concepts and how it is used for managing Microsoft networks; develop fundamental understanding of Windows management through the use of native command-lets, programming logic, and script development. (Prerequisite: 10-150-165, Microsoft Server 1)

10-150-197 IT:NETWORK:LINUX 3...designing, implementing, and securing various network applications and services in a Linux-based network including, Web, Secure Web, FTP, SSH, DHCP, DNS, IDS, VPN, VOIP, etc.; implementation in a virtual environment. (Prerequisite: 10-150-158, IT:Network:Linux 2)

10-150-199 IT:NETWORK: CAREER EXPERIENCE...Students can select any hands on experience related to: Internship, Field Research, Service Learning, Simulations, Capstone, Industry Related, or International. Instructor approval required. (Prerequisite: 10-105-103, Career Preparation)

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: Compass Writing Skills=74 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =18 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: Compass Pre-Algebra=27 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Compass-Reading=70 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: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 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: Compass Reading=70 AND Compass Writing 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: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 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: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 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: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 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 $38,500.