Information Technology - Networking, Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Program Description for IT - Networking

Network or Computer Support Specialist design, install and support an organization's LAN/WAN, Internet/Intranet system. They provide onside administrative support for computer users in a variety of work environments.

By maintaining network hardware and software, analyzing problems, and monitoring network resources; they ensure computer systems availability and reliability to the users. They work closely with their customers as they design and optimize the network systems. Network security is also their responsibility.

Cisco Systems logoClinton Community College is a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Local Academy, and offers an AAS degree in Computer Networking as well as short-term certificates in: CCNA, A+ Preparation and Network+ Preparation. 

Muscatine Community College  is a CCNA Local Academy and offers an AAS degree in Information Technology with a Computer Networking or Computer Programming concentration.  Certificate programs are available in CCNA, Web Design, and Helpdesk. High school students can take college level computer courses and earn college credit towards their AAS degree.

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Scott Community College offers AAS Degrees in Computer Programming and Computer Networking as well as the Cisco CCNA and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certificate programs and a certificate in Web Design.

Award Options for IT - Networking

  • Associate in Applied Science - Network Concentration
  • Certificate - CISCO Networking (CCNA)
  • Certificate - Computer Repair and Help Desk Support
  • Certificate - Wireless LAN
  • Certificate - A+ Test Preparation
  • Certificate - Network + Test Preparation

Job Outlook for IT - Networking

Demand for Networking/Computer Support Specialists is expected to increase by 18 percent because of the rapid pace of improved technology. As computers and software become more complex, Support Specialist will be needed to provide technical assistance to customers and other users.

Consulting opportunities shoul d also continue to grow as businesses increasingly need help managing, upgrading, and customizing more complex computer systems. Wireless security and forensics are becoming "hot topics" in the job outlook.

Median annual earning for Networking/Computer Support Specialists, with less than one year experience, were $46,260 in 2010.

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