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IT - Network Specialist Program Details

Do you have a passion for new technology? Do you enjoy problem-solving? The Information Technology - Network Specialist program at CVTC teaches students how to install, configure, and administer the networking equipment and network services that are common in LAN and WAN environments. The IT - Network Specialist program will teach you how to:

  • Install and manage network operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Unix, and Linux.
  • Install and troubleshoot client and server computer hardware and software.
  • Manage various types of directory services.
  • Implement network and user security.
  • Monitor network event logs for problem resolution.
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot network hardware.

Just the Facts

Information Technology - Network Specialist
62 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program:
Two Years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Dates
August and January

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $10,706

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CVTC offers up to $5,000 scholarships to students enrolled full-time in STEM programs who exhibit academic talent and financial need. To learn more and apply, click here.

Additional Information

Program Outcomes

Non-Traditional Occupation

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How To Enroll

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Get a Job

95% of our IT - Network Specialist graduates get a job in the industry.

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Make More Money

Our recent Information Technology - Network Specialist graduates reported an average starting salary of $42,131.

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Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.


These are a few of the courses you will take in the IT - Network Specialist program.
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  • Network Diagramming
    Topics include the design and documentation of local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and all popular internetworking devices.
  • Advance Network Operating Systems 1
    Students will learn the skills necessary to install, configure, and manage servers and network services based on Novell, Unix, and Windows network operating systems.
  • Advance Network Operating Systems 2
    Students will learn the skills necessary to maintain advanced network services based on major network operations systems used in network security, disaster recovery, network management tools, communication services, network device configuration, and content management.

Transfer Credits

Once you’ve completed your associate degree at CVTC, if you are interested in pursuing further education, we have agreements with several institutions. To view a list of CVTC’s transfer agreements, click here.


  • Hardware Support Technician
  • Help Desk Specialist
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Systems Technician
  • Senior System Administrator
  • Technical Account Manager

Career Outlook

After completing the appropriate courses, students may qualify to take the following professional certification exams:

  • CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor)
  • CWNA (Certified Wireless Network Administrator)
  • CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
  • MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist)
  • CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician)

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 7% growth is projected in Information Technology - Network Specialist positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

CVTC offers three programs that lead to careers in information technology.

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