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Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $52,656.

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IT-Network Specialist
Program Number: 101502
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Information Technology
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Some Online / Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
60 Credits | Finish in 2 years (full-time attendance)
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  • Program Overview

    The Information Technology-Network Specialist program will prepare you to administer, install, maintain and troubleshoot data and voice networks.

    You will gain a working knowledge of Local Area Networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs), and their interconnectivity to nodes, servers and other end user devices in an enterprise network. Additionally, you will learn hands-on training in network operating systems, user administration, network security, network design and implementing voice over IP (VoIP).

    You will also learn how to manage:

    • Network Operating Systems (NOS) and client software
    • Network security measures
    • User accounts
    • Network event logs for problem resolution

    Madison College's IT-Network Specialist program prepares you to test for:

    • Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate)
    • Cisco CCNA-Voice
    • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 
    • CompTIA Network+ certifications
    • CCNA Security

    Program Details

    Students in MATC's IT-Network Specialist program can attend full or part time.

    IT-Network Specialist classes are offered at our Madison Truax campus.

    ** note that if starting in Spring term, it may take 5 semesters to complete program. Courses core to the IT-Network Specialist program will only be offered during the daytime for students accepted in the Spring term.

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    Careers

    Madison College's IT-Network Specialist graduates are ready for a range of professional entry-level positions in the field of Network Specialist including:

    • Cable Installer–Voice/Data
    • Network Control Operator
    • Network Support Technician
    • Network Support Services
    • Network Technician
    • Network Specialist
    • Network Professional
    • Networking Services
    • Assistant LAN Manager
    • Assistant LAN Administrator
    • Assistant Network Administrator

    With experience, a Networking Specialist can find work as:

    • LAN Manager
    • LAN Administrator
    • Network Support Services Manager
    • Network Engineer
    • Network Administrator

    Upper management positions can include:

    • Networking Manager
    • Manager of Voice/Data Networks
    • Intranet Designer
    • Data Communications Analyst
    • Director of Networks

    Resources

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  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    10-150-121
    3 credits
    10-151-102
    1 credit
    10-154-184
    3 credits
    10-154-190
    3 credits
    10-801-195
    3 credits
    10-809-199
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    10-152-109
    3 credits
    10-150-122
    3 credits
    10-154-171
    3 credits
    10-150-194
    3 credits
    10-801-196
    3 credits
    Third Semester
    10-107-175
    1 credit
    10-150-123
    3 credits
    10-150-150
    3 credits
    10-150-190
    3 credits
    10-804-144
    3 credits
    10-809-197
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    10-150-151
    3 credits
    10-150-163
    3 credits
    10-150-195
    3 credits
    Elective
    3 credits
    Recommended Electives
    10-151-114
    3 credits
    10-157-101
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Spring 2022 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2022

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2022

    Spring 2023 Application Dates

    • Application available on February 1, 2022
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2023

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.
     

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
    • GED/HSED score report
    • College transcript showing an associate degree or higher

    3. Residency Requirement
    Per Wisconsin Statute TCS-10, because this program has limited capacity and the application deadline is after January 1 for fall and/or after May 1 for spring:
     

    Out-of-state residents

    • May only be considered after January 1 for the upcoming fall term and/or after May 1 for the upcoming spring term
    • Will not be considered if a waitlist forms

    Non-district state residents

    • May only be considered after January 1 for the upcoming fall term and/or after May 1 for the upcoming spring term
    • Will be considered if a waitlist forms
    • Minnesota residents are considered non-district state residents for admission purposes

    Learn more about residency determination and program availability.

    Additional Note(s)

    Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to the program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 

    Questions?

    Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

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  • Transfer Opportunities

    Wisconsin Schools

    Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
    Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
    Entering students who have completed Madison College general education courses with a grade of "C-" or better may apply them toward satisfying Stritch Liberal Arts requirements.
    A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
    Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
    Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
    Any Madison College student who has successfully completed an associate degree in applied science after 2015, and meets admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Technical Sales at MSOE by successfully completing the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Business Administration program. --- In particular, any Madison College student who successfully completes all technical courses and general education courses in their AAS program with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; successfully completes all other specified courses, as defined in this transfer agreement, with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; and meets the MSOE admission requirements for transfer students into the BBA Program at MSOE, minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA from the last regionally accredited school will be admitted into the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at MSOE.
    The terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
    Courses that have been completed with a "D" or better may be acceptable to meet program requirements unless UW Stout major requires a higher acceptable grade. The maximum number of transferable credits is 72. Students will be required to meet UW S general education and major requirements.
    Students who complete the IT Network Specialist program can transfer up to 62 credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

    Non-Wisconsin Schools

    Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
    Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
    Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
    A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
    Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.
    Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the IT-Network Specialist program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    • Implement computer networks
    • Implement client systems
    • Implement server operating systems
    • Implement network security components
    • Develop technical documentation
    • Troubleshoot network systems
    • Implement programmability and flexibility on networks
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 24 32 21
      Number of Surveys Sent 24 31 21
      Number of Surveys Returned 12 17 11
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 11 16 10
      Percent Available for Employment 91.7% 94.1% 90.9%
      Not in Labor Market 1 1 1
      Percent Not in Labor Market 8.3% 5.9% 9.1%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 11 15 8
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 93.8% 80.0%
      Employed in Related Occupation 9 13 6
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 81.8% 86.7% 75.0%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 2 2
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 18.2% 13.3% 25.0%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Seeking Employment 0 1 2
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 6.3% 20.0%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.5 3.7
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 12 17 11
      Very Satisfied (4) 5 9 8
      Percent Very Satisfied 41.7% 52.9% 72.7%
      Satisfied (3) 7 7 3
      Percent Satisfied 58.3% 41.2% 27.3%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 1 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 5.9% 0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 12 17 11
      Preparation for Getting a Job 4 6 6
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 33.3% 35.3% 54.5%
      Career Change 7 7 4
      Percent Career Change 58.3% 41.2% 36.4%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 0 3 0
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.0% 17.6% 0.0%
      Preparation for Further Education 1 1 0
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 8.3% 5.9% 0.0%
      Personal Interest 0 0 1
      Percent Personal Interest 0.0% 0.0% 9.1%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 11 15 8
      Before Enrollment 0 1 0
      Percent Before Enrollment 0.0% 6.7% 0.0%
      While Attending the College 10 10 6
      Percent While Attending the College 90.9% 66.7% 75.0%
      After Training at the College 1 4 2
      Percent After Training at the College 9.1% 26.7% 25.0%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 11 15 8
      In College District 10 14 7
      Percent In College District 90.9% 93.3% 87.5%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 0 1
      Percent of In Wisconsin 9.1% 0.0% 12.5%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 1 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 6.7% 0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 7 11 5
      Average Monthly Wage $3,358 $4,343 $4,388
      Average Hourly Wage $19.53 $25.25 $25.51
      Average Work Hours per Week 39.7 40.8 39.7
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Dept of Corrections Surveillance And Access Control Technician
      Salelytics Desktop Technician Intern Wausau
      Spectrum Brands Intern Middleton
      State of Wisconsin Network Specialist
      TDS Business Systems Analyst Middleton

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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