IT-Systems Administration Specialist
63 Credits | 2 Year
Ashland, New Richmond*, Rice Lake, Superior*
Career Cluster: Information Technology
As an information technology professional, you will work with exciting new technologies to implement and maintain computer systems. IT professionals are in demand and you can typically expect to enjoy generous compensation packages while working in climate controlled office environments.
The first year of the IT-Systems Administration Specialist program provides you with a foundation in computer systems along with strong networking skills. These skills will allow you 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), AWS Certified Solutions Architect, CompTIA A+, Network+, Linux+ and Server+ certifications.
IT-Systems Administration Specialist graduates will 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
As an IT-Systems Administration student you will learn by using the same technologies used by professionals in the field. You will be working on current equipment from industry leaders including Dell, IBM, and Lenovo virtualization servers, Cisco networking equipment, and EMC storage arrays.
Learn by doing.
Use industry-leading technology.
Online second year.
The program is available at all four campuses. At the Rice Lake campus, the majority of the courses are taught in a face-to-face format, with some online options. However, the entire second year is online should you prefer the convenience of scheduling your own class times.
*At the New Richmond and Superior campuses, the second year of the coursework is available online only.
Earn a Network Technician technical diploma upon completion of the first year of the program. After graduating with Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Technology-Systems Administration Specialist, take an additional year and earn a double major as an Information Technology-Network Specialist.
As a student, you'll have access to industry-leading software, hardware and curriculum for reduced or no cost through WITC's membership in the VMware IT Academy, Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance, Cisco Networking Academy, CompTIA Authorized Academy and Dell/EMC Academic Alliance.
Prepare yourself for in-demand industry certifications. Most courses in IT-Systems Administration program align with popular certifications such as VMware Certified Profession (VCP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), Cisco CCNA, CompTIA A+, Network+ and Linux+.
Program specific subjects include virtualization, cloud computing, database administration and storage components. The curriculum also includes networking concepts, Linux and LAN administration.
IT-Systems Administration Specialist is Part of a Career Pathway
As an IT-Systems Administration Specialist student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way.
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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*
IT-Systems Administration Specialist
63 Credits | 2 Years
$1,984 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-Systems Administration Specialist Program
Upon completion of the program, you will obtain an IT-Network Technician technical diploma and an IT-Systems Administration Specialist associate degree.
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