IT-Systems Administration Specialist

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IT-Systems Administration Specialist

Associate Degree

70 Credits | 2 Year

Financial Aid-Eligible

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. 

Program Overview

The first year of the IT-Systems Administration Specialist program provides you with a foundation in computer systems along with strong LAN 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), EMC Storage Administrator, CompTIA A+, Network+, Linux+ and Server+ certifications. 

Program Outcomes

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. 

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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.  

Career Pathways

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. 

Academic Alliances

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. 

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Featured IT-Systems Administration Specialist Courses

| 3 CR
This course will examine how storage and virtualization technologies are making possible the enormous rise of cloud computing. The course will look at the impact that cloud computing is having on traditional datacenters. It will also discuss security and disaster recovery from a cloud computing perspective. PREREQUISITE: 10154141 VMware Certified Professional.
| 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 will prepare students to install hardware and software. You will learn to properly install various types of hardware and software on an IBM-compatible personal computer. This lecture- and lab-based course will use both group and individual activities. PREREQUISITE: 10154149 Windows Operating Systems.

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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IT-Network Technician

Technical Diploma
19 Credits / Less than 1 Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Computer Technician, Network Technician
Average Starting Wage
$30,950-$41,510 annually
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Information Technology - Systems Administration Specialist

Associate Degree
70 Credits / 2 Years Full-Time; 3 Years Part Time
Potential Careers
Systems Administrator, Microsoft Server Administrator, Network Technician, VMware vSphere Administrator, Database Administrator, Cloud Technician
Average Starting Wage
$28,690-$71,860 annually
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IT-Systems Administration Specialist Bachelor's Degree

Lakeland College | UW-Barron County | UW-Green Bay | UW-Stout
Potential Careers
Network Administrator, Information Security Analyst, Data Center Manager
Average Starting Wage
$28,690–$71,860 annually

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple three-step admissions process that can be completed in one visit. Fill out the application form either online or at a campus, complete an assessment and meet with a WITC counselor. In the meeting, you'll discuss your goals and the counselor will make sure you're getting the most out of your education and the best bang for your buck.

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-Systems Administration Specialist

70 Credits | 2 Years


$10,290 In Tuition and Fees

*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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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

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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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