IT - Network Specialist
63 Credits | 2 Years
New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior*
Career Cluster: Information Technology
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.
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.
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.
Access free industry software.
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.
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
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.
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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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 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.
Estimated Total Program Costs*
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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Cisco Networking Academy partners closely with educational institutions and instructors to develop and deliver a curriculum that gives students the digital, problem-solving, and entrepreneurial skills they need to get a job, earn a promotion, or start a business of their own. Students do more than gain technical mastery, they come away prepared to drive innovation and help companies meet the challenges of digital transformation. 70% of those who complete advanced courses obtain new or better jobs, take on increased responsibility, or earn higher pay.