IT-Network Specialist

Associate Degree

Program Number: 101502

Credits: 60

Area of Study: Information Technology

Delivery Method: In Person

Program completed 100% in person

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $8,190.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
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$1,097.00
Other Costs
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$0.00
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Total Estimated Program Costs*:
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

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.

** 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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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 2020-2021 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.

Transfer

Madison College has the following Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review the list and identify the right college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree. 

After you identify your best transfer options, review the steps to transfer, attend transfer events, and meet with your program advisor every semester to keep your transfer plans on track.

Wisconsin Schools

Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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

Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
Details
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.
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
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

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    201720182019
    Number of Program Graduates192431
    Number of Surveys Sent172431
    Number of Surveys Returned151217
    Percent of Surveys Returned88.20%50.00%54.80%
    Available for Employment151116
    Percent Available for Employment100.00%91.70%94.10%
    Not in Labor Market011
    Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%8.30%5.90%
    Available for Employment

    201720182019
    Graduates Employed151115
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%100.00%93.80%
    Employed in Related Occupation12913
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation80.00%81.80%86.70%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation322
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation20.00%18.20%13.30%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Seeking Employment001
    Percent Seeking Employment0.00%0.00%6.30%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    201720182019
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.73.43.5
    Number of Satisfaction Responses151217
    Very Satisfied (4)1059
    Percent Very Satisfied66.70%41.70%52.90%
    Satisfied (3)577
    Percent Satisfied33.30%58.30%41.20%
    Unsatisfied (2)001
    Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%5.90%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    201720182019
    Number of Primary Reason Responses151217
    Preparation for Getting a Job546
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job33.30%33.30%35.30%
    Career Change577
    Percent Career Change33.30%58.30%41.20%
    Improvement of Existing Skills303
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills20.00%0.00%17.60%
    Preparation for Further Education211
    Percent Preparation for Further Education13.30%8.30%5.90%
    Personal Interest000
    Percent Personal Interest0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Other000
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    201720182019
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses151115
    Before Enrollment301
    Percent Before Enrollment20.00%0.00%6.70%
    While Attending the College81010
    Percent While Attending the College53.30%90.90%66.70%
    After Training at the College414
    Percent After Training at the College26.70%9.10%26.70%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    201720182019
    Number of Employment Location Responses151115
    In College District111014
    Percent In College District73.30%90.90%93.30%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District210
    Percent of In Wisconsin13.30%9.10%0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin201
    Percent Outside Wisconsin13.30%0.00%6.70%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count10711
    Average Monthly Wage$4,464 $3,358 $4,343
    Average Hourly Wage$25.96 $19.53 $25.25
    Average Work Hours per Week40.839.740.8
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
    Average Hourly Wage$9.00
    Average Work Hours per Week20
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Alliant Energy Network Analyst
    Charter Communications Network Engineer 2
    Cumberland Consulting Group System Analyst
    Educational Communications Board Information Systems Network Specialist
    KForce Help Desk Technician
    Logistics Health Help Desk Technician Intern La Crosse
    Madison Area Technical College IT Network Specialist
    Madison Area Technical College IT Specialist A/V Technician
    Madison Metropolitan School District Unified Security Specialist
    Novanext Network Engineer Turin ITALY
    Pepsi Corporation Network Technician 1 Windsor
    Springs Window Fashions Network Specialist Middleton
    Waunakee Community School District Level 1 1T Support Waunakee

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