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Associate Degree

IT - Network Specialist

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IT - Network Specialist Overview

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.

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  The goal of the CAE Cyber Defense Education program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise. Learn more.

Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning.

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Just the Facts

IT - Network Specialist
62 Credit Associate Degree

Program Length
Two Years

Delivery Method
Face-to-Face, Online

Program Location
Eau Claire, Online

Start Months
August, January


Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $11,068

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Career Opportunities

Customer and Technical Support

Desktop Services Technician

IT Coordinator

IT Field Technician

Network Administrator

Network Systems Technician

Graduate Employers

Chippewa Valley Technical College

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

IDEXX Laboratories

Kelly Mitchell Group, Inc.


WIN Technology

Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Our recent IT - Network Specialist graduates reported an average starting salary of $43,721.



70% of our recent IT - Network Specialist graduates got a job in the industry.


Regional Jobs

There are 100 job openings in the CVTC district for the IT - Network Specialist industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

Here are a few of the courses you can take in the IT - Network Specialist program.

Sample Courses

CCNA 1: Intro to Networks
This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks.

Microsoft Server 1
This course allows the learner to acquire necessary skills for supporting and configuring Windows Server including installation and configuration of an Active Directory Domain.

Virtualized Systems
This course will provide the learner with the skills necessary to install, configure, manage and troubleshoot enterprise OS and application virtualization and storage management.

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Nathaniel, IT - Network Specialist Graduate

The best part of the IT-NS program is the hands-on experience. I started this program without any knowledge about computers, but I still was able to complete the program, thanks to the hands-on approach.


IT - Network Specialist Graduate

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

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CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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Admission Requirements

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