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IT-Network Specialist

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 101502

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 2012
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+ certifications
  • CCNA Security

Program Details

Network Specialist is on a career pathway that includes this associate degree and a technical diploma. Both will prepare you for a good job and with the associate degree, you can transfer to another college to earn your bachelor’s degree. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your own career path.

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

Network Specialist classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

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Admission

To Apply

After Acceptance

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

Questions?

Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

Outcomes

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

  • Configure, maintain, troubleshoot and secure routers, switches, firewalls, and virtual private networks.
  • Detect, analyze and defend against network and system penetration.
  • Maintain data, confidentiality and integrity through data and communication encryption.
  • Install, configure, troubleshoot and secure devices in the network (workstations, servers).
  • Solve problems individually and in a team environment.
  • Gather, interpret and analyze data in forensic security investigations.
  • Determine the role of security in a business.
  • Recognize ethical responsibilities.
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
  • Web Designer

Upper management positions can include:

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

Find open jobs in this industry on Wisconsin TechConnecttm. Registration Required.

  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    63
    Tuition
    $8454.60
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $974.25
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Program Costs:
    $9428.85
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 24 19 19
    Number of Surveys Sent 23 19 17
    Number of Surveys Returned 15 16 15
    Percent of Surveys Returned 65.20% 84.20% 88.20%
    Available for Employment 14 16 15
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 1 0 0
    Percent Not in Labor Market 7.10% 0.00% 0.00%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 14 16 15
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 12 14 12
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 85.70% 87.50% 80.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 2 3
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 14.30% 12.50% 20.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 0 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.6 3.7
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 14 16 15
    Very Satisfied 8 9 10
    Percent Very Satisfied 57.10% 56.30% 66.70%
    Satisfied 6 7 5
    Percent Satisfied 42.90% 43.80% 33.30%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 15 16 15
    Preparation for Getting a Job 5 7 5
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 33.30% 43.80% 33.30%
    Career Change 6 6 5
    Percent Career Change 40.00% 37.50% 33.30%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 3 3 3
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 20.00% 18.80% 20.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 1 0 2
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 6.70% 0.00% 13.30%
    Personal Interest 0 0 0
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 14 16 15
    Before Enrollment 1 2 3
    Percent Before Enrollment 7.10% 12.50% 20.00%
    While Attending the College 8 12 8
    Percent While Attending the College 57.10% 75.00% 53.30%
    After Training at the College 5 2 4
    Percent After Training at the College 35.70% 12.50% 26.70%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 14 16 15
    In College District 9 15 11
    Percent In College District 64.30% 93.80% 73.30%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 0 2
    Percent of In Wisconsin 7.10% 0.00% 13.30%
    Outside of Wisconsin 2 0 2
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 14.30% 0.00% 13.30%
    Employer Location Unknown 2 1 0
    Percent Location Unknown 14.30% 6.30% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 11 13 10
    Average Monthly Wage $4,324 $3,822 $4,464
    Average Hourly Wage $25.14 $22.22 $25.96
    Average Work Hours per Week 41.3 41.6 40.8
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1
    Average Hourly Wage $9.00
    Average Work Hours per Week 20
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 78 280
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 7 51
    Total Jobs 85 331
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Cabelas Enterprise Retail Technician Sun Prairie
    Charter Communications Network Engineer 1
    Dept of Corrections IS Technical Services Specialist
    Spectrum Network Engineer 2 Austin TX
    Stoughton Trailers Network Engineer Stoughton
    TDS Network Security Engineer
    UW - Whitewater Computer Assistant Whitewater
    UW Medical Foundation Associate Network Analyst Middleton
    UW Medical Foundation Network Associate Analyst Middleton
    VA Medical Center Management Assistant
    WSMV-TV Network Desktop Administrator Nashville TN

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - 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 techconnect@madisoncollege.edu