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IT-Network Specialist Associate Degree

System Administrator students work in a computer lab

Program Code: 101502

IT System Administrators are technology professionals who are responsible for network infrastructure, software and desktop deployment, maintenance, and troubleshooting. IT System Administrators' opportunities for employment can range from network support specialist to network administrators to business technology consultants. Responsibilities can include network and user administration, network infrastructure configuration and support, and security design - all focused on developing and maintaining an active network for optimal performance. Graduates of this associate degree are also prepared to pursue mainstream vendor certifications.

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:

Cisco System Administrator, 301506

All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:

Networking, 611504

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.

  • 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
  • Network Certifications such as, CCENT, CCNA, Linux+, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, VMware Certified Professional, EMC2
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Requirements for Program Entry

  • Completed application.
  • High school transcript or equivalent. For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.
  • 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).
  • To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
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Curriculum
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the IT Systems Administrator Associate Degree in the number of semesters shown.
First Semester
Semester Total
16
Second Semester
Semester Total
17
Third Semester
Semester Total
16
Fourth Semester
Semester Total
15
Total Credits
65

Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C.

Program Outcomes

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

Programs in the College of Business at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. ACBSP's accreditation process follows the Baldrige model. The accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want. ACBSP - World Headquarters 11520 West 119th Street Overland Park, KS 66213 Phone: (913) 339-9356 www.acbsp.org

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs 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 this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

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