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.
WITC is affiliated with the following industry partners providing students
with access to a variety of materials and software: Cisco, CompTIA, Microsoft,
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
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:
Students in this program must:
- Complete application form and submit with fee (fee waiver may apply if
- Complete Accuplacer entrance assessment to determine placement (waiver
may apply with acceptable alternative test scores and/or postsecondary
- Review and sign the
Functional Ability Statement of Understanding
- Complete admissions meeting with a WITC counselor (above requirements
should be completed prior to meeting)
Employers will expect you, as a graduate of the Information Technology - Network Specialist program, to be able to:
- Implement computer networks
- Implement client systems
- Implement server operating systems
- Implement network security components
- Develop technical documentation
- Troubleshoot network systems
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.
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program and costs.