Network Specialist

68-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Network specialists create and maintain computer systems essential for day-to-day business operations, ensuring network security and connectivity throughout an organization. They deal with monitoring network equipment, and maintaining, installing and configuring computer hardware and software. In the Network Specialist program, learn about installation and troubleshooting of network operating systems, cabling, Cisco routers and switches, and wireless and other LAN/WAN technologies. Also, gain preparation for taking certification exams in select areas of study within the program.

  • Prepare for jobs such as network administrator, network engineer, IT technician or systems administrator.
  • All IT students (Computer Support Specialist, Network Specialist, and Web and Software Developer) take similar courses in their first semester of studies. Should a student determine after the first semester he/she would prefer a different IT program, he/she may switch with minimal credit loss.
  • In the fourth semester, students can customize their program by focusing on specialty areas including virtualization, CCNA or security – a feature unique to WCTC’s program.
  • The IT Student Center provides IT students with a wealth of resources to practice their skills, complete group projects and work with mentors.
  • Involvement in the BIT Connections Club allows members to share and expand upon IT skills through active participation in service learning projects, emerging technology exploration, aspects of global business technology and professional development opportunities.
  • Program-to-program transfer opportunities are available at Cardinal Stritch University, Carroll University, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin – Stout. In addition, select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
  • As complement to the Network Specialist program, several specialized, short-term certificate programs are available within the School of Business.
  • Evening completion options are available.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $24,000-$75,000
    • Average Salary: $45,926
    • Median Salary: $41,500
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $37,012
    • Average Hourly Wage: $19.97
    • Three-year Average Salary: $41,547

Required Courses

Traditional Option

Pathway Option

In traditional option programs, students register for and take a set number of courses each semester, usually five or six. Classes are scheduled throughout the day, and sometimes at night or on weekends, and completed in a conventional manner - two semesters each year.

Generally, most courses are taken on campus in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. Many students who opt for the traditional college option are those who recently completed high school and those who do not hold full-time jobs.

Completing degree and diploma programs in a traditional manner generally takes one to two years, depending on number of credits and type of program; other completion option programs may be structured differently.

Customize Your Schedule

In the fourth semester, students can customize their program by focusing on specialty areas including virtualization, CCNA or security - a feature unique to WCTC's program. Students can select three courses from the following list to fulfill their degree requirements.

Please note: the 4th semester of the Network Specialist degree program lists only three of the available courses – but students can select the three courses that are of interest to them.

Take nine credits from the following list of courses:

  • 150-144 Cisco3 Scaling Networks
  • 150-145 Cisco4 Connecting Networks
  • 150-146 Cisco VoIP/Convergence
  • 150-158 IDS/Firewall
  • 150-161 Ethical Hacking
  • 150-169 Business Continuity Planning
  • 150-168 Wireless Networking & Security
  • 150-149 VMWare vSphere 5 Install & Config
  • 631-184 Computer Repair
  • 107-032 Project Management Tools
  • 107-118 Information Systems Design
  • 154-140 ITIL v3 Foundations
First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 150-175 Cisco1-Intro to Networks4  
 154-135 Fundamentals of Support2  
 631-183 IT Essentials A+3  
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 804-133 Math & Logic3  
 801-198 Speech3 *
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 150-131 Desktop Support WIN 7 Config3  
 150-136 MS Server 2012 Install/Config3  
 150-176 Cisco2-Route/Switch Essentials4  
 150-188 Linux Essentials3  
 801-197 Technical Reporting3  
 
Total Semester Credits
16
  
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 107-103 IT Business Strategies3  
 150-150 Cloud Infrastructure/Services3  
 150-154 Shell Scripting2  
 150-156 Data Security4  
 809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App3  
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3  
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 107-117 IT Co-Op2  
 107-184 IT Capstone2  
 107-032 Info Tech Project Mgmt Tools3 *
 150-144 Cisco3-Scaling Networks3 *
 150-145 Cisco4-Connecting Networks3 *
 809-143 Microeconomics3 *
 
Total Semester Credits
16
  
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

Technical Skills Attainment Required for Graduation

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

There are currently no transcripted credit agreements for IT - Network Specialist. For more information, contact your academic advisor.


Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

College

Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 69
Cardinal StritchBachelor of Science in Management, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Strategic Management of Information Systems, Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management69
Carroll UniversityComputer Science64
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Herzing UniversityBachelor of Science in Technical Managementup to 73
Kaplan UniversityBachelor of Science in Information TechnologyJunior Standing
Marquette University-College of Professional StudiesBachelor of Science in Organization and Leadershipup to 60
MSOEBachelor of Science in Managementjunior status
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts in Information Technology Systems, Bachelor of Arts in Mgmt of Computer Services, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administrationup to 80 cr
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Science (various)minimum of 60
U of PhoenixBachelor of Science (various)varies
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-MilwaukeeBachelor of Science in Information Science & Technology62
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Applied Studies in Leadership & Organizational Studies62
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 68
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Information and Communication Technologiesminimum of 56

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Todd Beidel

Todd Beidel

Phone: 262.691.5376

Education

  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • MS, Education, University of Wisconsin – Stout

Certifications

  • Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  • Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS)
  • Vista & Server 2008
  • CompTIA Linux +
  • Network+
  • Security+
  • Certified Technical Trainer

Teaching Philosophy

"It is my goal for students to develop problem-solving skills so that they can take ownership for the learning that occurs in the classroom."

Program instructor, Michael Boerschinger

Michael Boerschinger

Phone: 262.691.7846

Education

  • BS, Business Administration, Carroll University
  • MS, Post-secondary Education, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater

Certifications

  • CompTIA Server+
  • Security+

Teaching Philosophy

"I work with students to obtain the skills needed to be successful within a business environment when they leave WCTC. While this includes teaching a wealth of technical skills, it also includes non-IT keys to success in the business world."

Program instructor, Ahmed Gipril

Ahmed Gipril

Phone: 262.691.5455

Education

  • BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Arizona
  • ME, University of Wisconsin –Whitewater

Certifications

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Cisco Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks
  • Cisco Wireless and Security Instructor

Teaching Philosophy

"I treat students with respect and help them help themselves."

Program instructor, Tom Kenton

Tom Kenton

Phone: 262.691.7853

Education

  • BBA, MIS and Marketing, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
  • MS, Career and Technical Education, University of Wisconsin–Stout

Certifications

  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  • Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist
  • Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP)
  • Blue Coat Proxy Professional
  • HP Master Accredited Systems Engineer (ASE)
  • VMware Certified Professional 4 - Data Center Virtualization
  • VMware Certified Professional 5 - Data Center Virtualization
  • Microsoft Certified Trainer
  • EMC Information Storage Associate (EMCISA)

Teaching Philosophy

"I engage with students in a professional manner always keeping in mind the students are the customers. I am a facilitator of technology for the students, giving them the opportunity to share and express their ideas as it relates to technology."

Program instructor, Mark Krzyszkowski

Mark Krzyszkowski

Phone: 262.691.7878

Education

  • BS, Advanced Technical Studies, Southern Illinois University –Carbondale
  • MS, Post-secondary Education, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater

Certifications

  • CompTIA Security +
  • Network+
  • Microsoft MCSE
  • MCT
  • Snort Certified Professional
  • EC - Council Certified Ethical Hacker

Teaching Philosophy

"I consider my students my peers and facilitate classes with the thought that we are all learning. There is much to learn, and together, we can do it."