Students enrolled in an associate degree program in networking technology concentrate on the computer hardware and affiliated components that allow for the flow of communications – video, pictures, data, and voice – across telecommunications infrastructure. Students will learn how to configure, install, and design components such as associated operating systems, routers or bridges, and switches to create efficient and reliable local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs).
Certain vendor-specific systems will also be included in the network management instruction. Areas of specialization are sometimes offered and may include Cisco- and Microsoft-certified information technology professional tracks, virtualization, and data storage. Along with labs and lectures, students will also participate in co-working experiences and internships in preparation for employment after graduation. Admission criteria typically require applicants to hold a general educational development (GED) certificate or a high school diploma.
Along with general educational courses in subjects such as composition and business, students will take classes in the software and hardware, which is required to establish and manage network settings. Program course topics may include the following:
•Computer logic and programming
•Routing and switching
•Routing and networking basics
Networking technology associate degree program graduates will be qualified for entry-level jobs within a computer networking environment. Graduates can pursue the following career options:
Information on Continuing Education
Vendor-specific professional certification for network products is available for individuals to earn. Testing, experience, or additional training will be required in order to qualify for certification. Students who have completed the associate degree program will be able to transfer credits earned to a four-year bachelor degree program in computer information systems.