Network Enterprise Administrator – INTERFACE Accelerated Pathway

This program has been designed for veterans, their spouses, TAA and WIA eligible students, unemployed individuals and other qualifying students.

Waukesha County Technical College has expanded training opportunities for high-demand careers in information technology and is helping businesses fill the skills gap by offering a special pathway of network enterprise administrator/cyber security education. This program provides students with the skills and experience necessary to support current industry technology implementations. WCTC will offer an educational pathway for participants interested in pursuing a career in information technology, including enterprise network support, network infrastructure and cyber security.

What does an Network Enterprise Administrator do?

Computer networks are a critical part of almost every organization and affect our daily lives. Network enterprise administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operations and security of these networks. Employers include health care organizations, financial institutions, information technology providers and educational institutions.

Program Highlights

  • Short-term training (one year or less) is designed for those seeking entry-level positions:
    • Four-semester pathway includes multiple credentials which allow for job-out opportunities along the way.
    • Upon pathway completion, earn the Network Specialist associate’s degree with an additional 30 credits.
    • Multiple articulation agreements exist that allow students to transfer in to four-year colleges with junior standing.
  • Courses are offered in an accelerated, blended format, which includes in-class, online and worksite activities.
    • One-day-per-week course schedule with dedicated cohort is available in fall 2014, fall 2015.
    • Two-evenings-per-week course schedule with dedicated cohort is available in spring 2015.
  • Guaranteed path to completion and a prescribed schedule of courses is planned for the entire four semesters.
  • Each semester will include a live service learning project with a local business to provide real-world experience in support, networking and security.

Duties include

  • Determine organizational computer and technology needs in a network
  • Install network hardware and software, including upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security
  • Monitor and evaluate network and system performance
  • Add users to a network and control security access to network resources
  • Implement and support network infrastructure and virtualized environments

Is this career for me?

  • Do you enjoy solving problems?
  • Are you skilled at multi-tasking?
  • Do you have good analytical skills?
  • Are you a good communicator?
  • Do you enjoy working with people?
  • Do you like working with computers and technology?
  • Do you enjoy learning new things?

If you answered yes to these questions, then the challenging world of Network Enterprise Administration may be for you!

Career Outlook

Average wage pay, 2012 (Milw / Waukesha)
$72,270 per year/$34.74 per hour

Number of jobs, 2010 (Milw / Waukesha)
7,120

Number of jobs, 2020 (Milw / Waukesha)
9,020

Job outlook (Milw / Waukesha)
26.7%

Source: 2012 data from Wisconsin’s WORKnet

Pathway

The WCTC Network Enterprise Administrator pathway consists of multiple credential opportunities.

Please reference this pathway course layout. This may vary from actual certificate course layout at the links below.

Credential #1

Enterprise Support Technician Certificate (9 credits)

Credential #2

IT Network Support Specialist Certificate (14 credits)

Credential #3

Storage and Virtualization Administrator Certificate (16 credits)

Credential #4

IT Security Administrator (20 credits)

Final Credential

Network Enterprise Administrator Technical Diploma (37 credits)

Program Benefits

  • Advanced training along a specific pathway can lead to a higher skill set, greater earning potential and advanced career opportunities.
  • Program qualifies for most veteran education benefits and financial aid for participants.
  • Key industry certification courses are embedded within the program.
  • Hands-on labs and activities are offered in state-of-the-art technology classrooms and service learning labs.
  • Dedicated academic assistance for coursework includes in-class tutors.
  • Virtualized network environments can be accessed online.
  • Dedicated coach/mentoring program includes job search and placement assistance.

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