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IT - Network Specialist

Associate Degree

63 Credits | 2 Years

Financial Aid-Eligible

New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior*

Career Cluster: Information Technology



Important Note:

Pending approval by the Wisconsin Technical College System, this program title will be changing to IT - Cybersecurity Specalist and curriculum will be revised to incorporate networking, operation systems, virtualization and cybersecurity courses. If interested, please check out the new IT - Cybersecurity Specialist associate degree. 



Program Overview

A business runs on its IT infrastructure. These systems are used to communicate with customers, buy, sell, order and make decisions that will make the business successful. In the IT-Network Specialist program you will be immersed in this IT ecosystem and learn how an organization’s desktops, servers, networks and applications all need to co-exist in order to support a thriving business. You will learn to be an integral part of an organization’s IT support system.   

Program Outcomes

IT-Network Specialist graduates will be able to:

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

The IT-Network Specialist program is partners with industry leaders Microsoft, Cisco Systems and VMware, and as such, students receive access to free software licenses from those partner programs. You will work with current network devices (routers, switches, firewalls, VoIP phones, wireless access points) in WITC's classrooms, as well as gain experience using virtualization technologies to install and configure multiple operating systems. Students may choose to complete certifications such as CompTIA A+, Network+, Linux+, Security+, CISCO CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Wireless, CCNA Security, Microsoft Windows, MTA, MCSA, MCSE, and VMWare Certified Professional. 

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Hands-on experience.

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Access free industry software.

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Achieve industry certifications. 


Most courses are taught in a learner-centered classroom format in order to access the required equipment, while some courses are available online and Your Choice. 

*You can complete the first year of coursework at the Superior campus; the full program is available at New Richmond and Rice Lake.

Dual Major

Students in the IT-Network Specialist program have the opportunity to dual major with the IT-Systems Administration Specialist program by completing additional coursework. Students can fulfill electives by taking classes from either program

Career Pathways

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.

Industry Partners

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


The first year of the IT-Network Specialist program will provide you with a foundation in operating systems along with strong LAN networking skills. These skills will allow you to support and manage desktops, servers, applications and the networks that connect them. Both IT-Network Specialist and IT-Systems Administration Specialist share the same first-year courses. 

The second year of the program focuses on developing the skills to perform network design, installation, administration and support for IT infrastructures in an enterprise.  

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Featured IT - Network Specialist Courses

| 3 CR
Cisco CCNA 4 Connecting Networks(CN), This course discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course enables students to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Configure, verify and troubleshoot: HDLC, PPP, PPPoE, virtual private networks (VPNs), eBGP in a single-homed, IPv4 and IPv6 ACLs, SNMP monitoring, SPAN, QoS, and describe Cloud Computing, IOT and Network Programmability in an enterprise network architecture. At the completion of this course student may achieve a discount voucher for the CCNA Routing and Switching certification exam. PREREQUISITES: 10150112 Cisco CCNA 3 Scaling Networks.
| 2 CR
This course introduces Python for network engineering. It begins with basic programming topics such as variables, lists, decisions, loops and I/O. Using this knowledge the course teaches students how to automate the configuration of networking equipment. This course also introduces the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and how to use Python to program IoT devices.
| 3 CR
This course provides the students with the concepts and techniques necessary to implement, secure and administer Microsoft's Active Directory Services. Students will learn how to use administrative tools, integrate DNS and Active Directory, manage user and group accounts, configure system policies, and configure multiple active directory sites. PREREQUISITE: 10154149 Windows Operating Systems.

IT - Network Specialist is Part of a Career Pathway

As an IT - Network Specialist student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way. 

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IT - Network Technician

Technical Diploma
19 Credits / Less than 1 Year; Part-time options available
Potential Careers
Computer Technician, Network Technician
Range of Yearly Salary
$16,800-$34,798 annually
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Associate Degree
63 Credits / 2 Years Full Time; 3 Years Part Time
Potential Careers
Network Administrator, Network Analyst, Network Support Specialist
Range of Yearly Salary
$36,400-$62,395 annually
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Continue your education to obtain a bachelor's degree.

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a WITC counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it!

Tuition and Fees

WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

IT-Network Specialist

63 Credits | 2 Years


$1,402 for books (including tax)

*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the WITC IT - Network Technician Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Networking Professional technical certificate, an IT-Network Technician technical diploma and an IT-Network Specialist associate degree. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Sara Eckstein

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Cindy Miller

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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