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The Networking Technology and Computer Information Technology programs offer a wide range of instruction in administration of network devices (such as switches, WAPs, and routers) and networked operating systems (Windows and Linux). This includes server and workstation configuration and management as well. Courses are offered that map to specific vendor certifications, including CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, and Linux+, Microsoft MCSA, Cisco CCNA, and Novell CLP, and CLE.
Classroom training includes lecture, discussion, and an abundance of hands-on experience. Students learn to configure, install, and troubleshoot a network from the server/desktop to the switch, to the router, and to the Internet. Students also configure, install, secure, and manage Network Operating Systems such as Windows (XP and 2003) and Linux (SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9).
Networking Technologies focus on network devices and the design and management of networks. Computer Information Technology provides more flexibility, allowing more focus on server administration and management.
Graduates are prepared for a position as a system administrator (Microsoft, Novell, and Linux), network engineer, network administrator, system engineer (Cisco, Microsoft, and Novell) and helpdesk staffer. Desktop support positions begin at $25,000, with more skilled entry positions from $35,000 to $45,000.