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Information Technology - Network Specialist

10-150-2 Associate Degree (two-year)
Campus: Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior

Financial Aid Eligible

Design. Administration. Troubleshooting.

The first year of the IT – Network Specialist program provides students with a foundation in computer systems along with strong LAN networking skills. These skills will allow students to support and manage computer systems and the networks connecting them. The second year of the program focuses on students developing the skills to perform network design, installation, administration and support for information systems.

Special Features

WITC is affiliated with the following industry partners providing students with access to a variety of materials and software: Cisco, CompTIA, Microsoft, and VMware.

WITC locations are Cisco academies, and WITC is a CompTIA academy partner and does VUE testing.

The IT – Network Specialist program prepares students for a number of certifications related to the field. Students may choose to complete certifications, many through the on campus VUE testing center. Certifications students may pursue include CompTIA A+, Network+, Linus+, Security+, CISCO CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Wireless, CCNA Security, Microsoft Windows, MTA, MCSA, MCSE, and VMWare.

As a member of the Microsoft, CISCO and VMware academies students in the IT programs receive free access to vendor software.

Students in the IT – Network Specialist program have the opportunity to dual major with the IT – Systems Administration Specialist program by completing additional coursework (see page 128 for more information on the IT - Systems Administration Specialist program). Students can fulfill electives by taking classes from either program.

Graduates have the option to transfer coursework to complete a Bachelor’s Degree at UW-Stout, UW–Milwaukee, and other institutions with degree completion programs.

Career Pathway Options

Career Pathways connect progressive levels of coursework to allow students to build upon their education. Each step in the pathway connects with employment options and provides the opportunity for advancement to higher levels. The Information Technology - Network Specialist program includes the following pathway options:

Admission Requirements

Students in this program must:

Program Outcomes

Employers will expect you, as a graduate of the Information Technology - Network Specialist program, to be able to:

Program Costs

The estimated total program cost for the two-year Information Technology - Network Specialist program is $10,175 (does not include books). This program is eligible for financial aid. View more information on program and costs.