Program Number: 101502
Area of Study: Information Technology
Delivery Method: In Person
Financial Aid Available
Estimated Program Cost:
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
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.IT: Network Specialisthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbApud9AcUQ
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.
- Attend an Advising, Application, Information & More (AAIM) Session to get started in the admission process.
- Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC.
Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.
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.
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 SchoolsDetailsStudents 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.DetailsPer 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.DetailsEntering 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.DetailsA 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.DetailsStudents 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.DetailsStudent 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.DetailsThe 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.DetailsCourses 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.DetailsStudents 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 SchoolsDetailsStudents 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.DetailsPer 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.DetailsStudents 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.DetailsA 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.DetailsFranklin 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.DetailsStudents 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.
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
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
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2017 2018 2019 Number of Program Graduates 19 24 31 Number of Surveys Sent 17 24 31 Number of Surveys Returned 15 12 17 Percent of Surveys Returned 88.20% 50.00% 54.80% Available for Employment 15 11 16 Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 91.70% 94.10% Not in Labor Market 0 1 1 Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 8.30% 5.90% Available for Employment
2017 2018 2019 Graduates Employed 15 11 15 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 93.80% Employed in Related Occupation 12 9 13 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 80.00% 81.80% 86.70% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 3 2 2 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 20.00% 18.20% 13.30% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 0 0 1 Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% 6.30% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2017 2018 2019 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.7 3.4 3.5 Number of Satisfaction Responses 15 12 17 Very Satisfied (4) 10 5 9 Percent Very Satisfied 66.70% 41.70% 52.90% Satisfied (3) 5 7 7 Percent Satisfied 33.30% 58.30% 41.20% Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 1 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 5.90% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2017 2018 2019 Number of Primary Reason Responses 15 12 17 Preparation for Getting a Job 5 4 6 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 33.30% 33.30% 35.30% Career Change 5 7 7 Percent Career Change 33.30% 58.30% 41.20% Improvement of Existing Skills 3 0 3 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 20.00% 0.00% 17.60% Preparation for Further Education 2 1 1 Percent Preparation for Further Education 13.30% 8.30% 5.90% 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
2017 2018 2019 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 15 11 15 Before Enrollment 3 0 1 Percent Before Enrollment 20.00% 0.00% 6.70% While Attending the College 8 10 10 Percent While Attending the College 53.30% 90.90% 66.70% After Training at the College 4 1 4 Percent After Training at the College 26.70% 9.10% 26.70% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2017 2018 2019 Number of Employment Location Responses 15 11 15 In College District 11 10 14 Percent In College District 73.30% 90.90% 93.30% In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 1 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 13.30% 9.10% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 2 0 1 Percent Outside Wisconsin 13.30% 0.00% 6.70% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2017 2018 2019 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 10 7 11 Average Monthly Wage $4,464 $3,358 $4,343 Average Hourly Wage $25.96 $19.53 $25.25 Average Work Hours per Week 40.8 39.7 40.8 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 Average Hourly Wage $9.00 Average Work Hours per Week 20
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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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