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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.

Career Opportunities

Hardware Support Technician

Help Desk Specialist

Network Engineer

Network Systems Technician

Senior System Administrator

Technical Account Manager

Just the Facts

IT - 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

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1

$

2,598

Term 2

$

2,095

Term 3

$

2,711

Term 4

$

2,727

Books

$

575

Estimated Total:  $10,706

 

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in the IT - Network Specialist program.

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.

IT - Network Specialist Outcomes

Are you looking to advance your career, learn a new skill, or try something new? CVTC offers a wide variety of courses from beekeeping to leadership training and everything in between. Courses provided include for-credit and non-credit courses.

// Program Outcomes

 

95%
Employed

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

 

$42K
Yearly Salary

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

 

91
Regional Jobs

There are 91 job openings in the CVTC district for the IT - Network Specialist industry.

 

Transfer
Credits to Other Institutions

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Focus On Student Success

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.

Nathaniel, 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.
 

Degrees & Diplomas

IT - Software Developer, Associate Degree

Continue Your Learning

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