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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

Broadband Services Technician

Desktop Service Technician

Help Desk Technician

Network Administrator

Network Systems Technician

Technical Account Manager

Graduate Employers

Chestnut Consulting

Chippewa Valley Technical College

IDEXX Laboratories

Northwest Communications

Royal Credit Union

WIN Technology

Just the Facts

IT - Network Specialist
62 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program //
Two Years

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Program Location //
August and January

Start Months //
August and January

Start Dates //
August and January


Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 Estimated Total: $12,406

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Program Courses

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

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.

IT - Network Specialist Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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96% of our recent IT - Network Specialist graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent IT - Network Specialist graduates reported an average starting salary of $42,632.


Regional Jobs

There are 74 job openings in the CVTC district for the IT - Network Specialist industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.


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 - Cybersecurity Analyst, Advanced Technical Certificate

IT - Data & Analytics Specialist, Associate Degree

IT - Software Developer, Associate Degree

IT - Software Development Specialist, Technical Diploma

Continue Your Learning

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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