IT - Network Specialist

61-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code 10-150-2

Network specialists create and maintain computer systems essential for day-to-day business operations, ensuring network security and connectivity. Install and troubleshoot network and client operating systems, configure routers and switches, and manage remote clients and devices. Explore cloud security, cost and core services, and understand and implement virtualization in an enterprise.

How Long It Will Take

Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in two years.

Start Date

You can begin this program in the summer, fall or spring semester.

How This Program Is Offered

This is offered on campus in a traditional classroom/lab setting. Evening completion options are available.

What Makes This Program Unique

  • Leverage current industry-standard tools including Microsoft Server, AWS Cloud, VMware vSphere virtualization, Cisco routers and switches with IOS, Linux OS Server and wireless equipment.
  • Complete real-world business challenges in state-of-the-art labs that use the latest Cisco routers and switches and other current business-class hardware and software.
  • Learn how to automate tasks with PowerShell, bash and Python scripting languages.
  • Local and national competitions allow you to demonstrate competencies and engage with students from other colleges and universities.
  • Earn two degrees in three years by combining IT - Network Specialist with IT - Cybersecurity Specialist. Learn more about this dual degree option.

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.

Credit for Prior Learning

You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.

How To Apply

* The promo code is not valid for refund on a previously submitted app fee.

Still have questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2021 Start

  • Submit application by August 2, 2021
  • Complete checklist items by August 9, 2021

Spring 2021 Start

  • Submit application by January 5, 2021
  • Complete checklist items by January 11, 2021

Summer 2021 Start

  • Submit application by May 24, 2021
  • Complete checklist items by June 1, 2021

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Financial Aid Eligibility

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

Cost

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Career Salaries

$59,000 – $94,000 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Potential Careers

If you have excellent communication skills – both technical and non-technical -- enjoy interpreting data, are a logical thinker and detail oriented, a career as a network specialist might be right for you. Those who work in this field are tasked with monitoring network equipment, and maintaining, installing and configuring computer hardware and software.

  • Network Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • IT Technician
  • Systems Administrator

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

College Program Name Credit Awards
Carroll UniversityBS Information TechnologyUp to 64
Carroll UniversityBS Computer ScienceJunior Standing
UW-MilwaukeeBS Information Science & Technologyup to 62
College Program Name Credit Awards
Cardinal StritchAny Bachelor Degree in the College of Business and Management60+
Colorado State University-Global CampusAny Bachelors Degreeup to 64, 10% tuition discount
Concordia University - WisconsinAny BachelorsUp to 84
Franklin UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Grand Canyon UniversityAny Bachelors10% tuition discount
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
MSOEBachelor of Business AdminJunior Standing
MSOEBBA Technical SalesJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Scienceup to 80, and 35%+ tuition discount for WCTC grads
Purdue GlobalAny Bachelorscredits vary, 20% tuition discount
UW-Green BayOrganizational Leadership - Bachelor of Applied StudiesBlock of 60 credits
UW-OshkoshBS Leadership and Organizational Studiescredits vary, 100% online
UW-StoutBS Management (100% online)up to 60
UW-StoutBS Career, Technical Education & Training (100% online)up to 60
UW-StoutBS Information and Communication Technologiesup to 60
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership50-70

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.

 

Program Instructors

Bill Barkhaus, MBA | 262.691.5335
Todd Beidel, MS | 262.691.5376
Michael Boerschinger, MS | 262.691.7846
Tom Kenton, MS | 262.691.7853
Mark Krzyszkowski, MS | 262.691.7878
D.J. Vogel, BS | 262.691.5354