IT - Network Specialist Associate Degree


The IT - Network Specialist program is a two-year program that prepares qualified individuals to install, maintain, manage and enhance local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN). The specialist will implement and/or configure voice-over-IP; email server management; Internet and cloud services; web server management; network routers and switches; standard network troubleshooting procedures; wireless technologies; and network operations management, including infrastructure monitoring, automation, software distribution and disaster recovery. Network-related software management responsibilities integrates the following core areas: Windows server and Linux network operating systems, user management and control and enterprise virtual servers. The program also covers network security measures such as intrusion detection, firewalls, malware and spyware. The program prepares the graduate to test for certificates such as Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate), Cisco CCNA Voice, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), CompTia Security + and CompTia Network +, and VMware Certified Professional (VCP). Potential occupations include: Linux/Unix Administrator, Network Administrator/Support, Windows Administrator, Network Manager and Cisco Administrator.
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