Information Technology - Systems Administration Specialist
10-154-7 Associate Degree (two-year)
Financial Aid Eligible
Offered at Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake, Superior*
*second-year coursework available online only
Troubleshoot. Training. Support.
The first year of the Information Technology - Systems Administration 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 server administration, database administration, virtualization and cloud computing concepts. Students learn how to securely install, configure and manage servers in a virtualized environment. The curriculum provides skills to help prepare students for the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), VMware Certified Professional (VCP), EMC Storage Administrator, CompTIA A+, Network+, Linux+, and Server+ certifications.
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.
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 – Systems Administration Specialist program have the opportunity to dual major with the IT – Network Specialist program by completing additional coursework (see page 126 for more information on the IT - Network 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 - Systems Administration Specialist program includes the following pathway option:
- 30-150-4 IT Network Technician Technical Diploma
Students in this program must:
- Complete application form and submit with fee (fee waiver may apply if previously completed)
- Complete Accuplacer entrance assessment to determine placement (waiver may apply with acceptable alternative test scores and/or postsecondary degree completion)
- Review and sign the Functional Ability Statement of Understanding
- Complete admissions meeting with a WITC counselor (above requirements should be completed prior to meeting)
Program OutcomesEmployers will expect graduates of the Information Technology - Systems Administrative Specialist program to be able to:
- Manage information technology hardware
- Manage software
- Support computer networks
- Provide end user support
- Solve information technology problems
- Demonstrate customer service skills as an IT Professional
The estimated total program cost for the two-year Information Technology - Systems Administrative Specialist program is $10,173 (does not include books). This program is eligible for financial aid. View more information on program and costs.