Is This Program for You?
Do you have strong analytical and technical skills? If the challenge of creating a computer network strategy, troubleshooting problems, and installing hardware and software appeals to you, this program may help make your career dreams a reality.
Students entering the Network Specialist program should:
- Possess an analytical and creative ability.
- Like to solve problems and be persistent.
- Be able to think logically.
- Have good basic reading and math skills.
- Have good oral and written communication skills.
- Associate degree, requiring a minimum of two years to complete.
- High school articulation courses accepted.
- Financial aid available.
- Classes start in August and January.
- Modified plan available.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Develop effective interpersonal skills.
- Use effective electronic, oral, and written communication skills.
- Demonstrate and adhere to ethical policies and procedures within the regulatory environment.
- Implement computer networks.
- Select appropriate devices for each network based on design criteria.
- Implement client systems on a network.
- Troubleshoot the communications network when problems arise and develop a plan for a solution.
- Install and upgrade hardware and software.
- Maintain the organization's communication network.
- Assist with network design, testing, and documentation for implementing a communication network.
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic communications network electronics.
- Install, support, and maintain a Local Area Network (LAN) and/or Wide Area Network (WAN).
- Implement and maintain a voice communications network.
Graduates are prepared for positions in a wide variety of organizations and businesses. Opportunities for employment exist in accounting firms, banks, schools, hospitals, insurance companies, manufacturing firms, and government agencies as:
- Network Administrator: Designs, implements, and maintains local area and wide-area computer networks needed for the efficient functioning of the firm
- Network Assistant: Assists the network administrator with all aspects of the firm's information network(s)
- Information Technology Support: Works directly with end users to maintain and troubleshoot information systems
Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.
Credit for Prior Learning
Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!
Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.
IT-Network Specialist Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options: