Associate Degree in Applied Science
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
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
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** note that if starting in Spring term, it may take 5 semesters to complete program
All courses for this program are offered only in person.
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.
- Attend an Academic Information 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 2019-2020 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
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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.
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
Estimated Program Cost
# of Credits for Completion63Tuition$8599.50Materials/Supplemental Costs$1126.22Other Costs$0.00Total Estimated Program Costs:
(book costs not included)$9725.72
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2016 2017 2018 Number of Program Graduates 19 19 24 Number of Surveys Sent 19 17 24 Number of Surveys Returned 16 15 12 Percent of Surveys Returned 84.20% 88.20% 50.00% Available for Employment 16 15 11 Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 91.70% Not in Labor Market 0 0 1 Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.00% 8.30% Available for Employment
2016 2017 2018 Graduates Employed 16 15 11 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% Employed in Related Occupation 14 12 9 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 87.50% 80.00% 81.80% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 3 2 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 12.50% 20.00% 18.20% 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
2016 2017 2018 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.7 3.4 Number of Satisfaction Responses 16 15 12 Very Satisfied 9 10 5 Percent Very Satisfied 56.30% 66.70% 41.70% Satisfied 7 5 7 Percent Satisfied 43.80% 33.30% 58.30% 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
2016 2017 2018 Number of Primary Reason Responses 16 15 12 Preparation for Getting a Job 7 5 4 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 43.80% 33.30% 33.30% Career Change 6 5 7 Percent Career Change 37.50% 33.30% 58.30% Improvement of Existing Skills 3 3 0 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 18.80% 20.00% 0.00% Preparation for Further Education 0 2 1 Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 13.30% 8.30% 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
2016 2017 2018 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 16 15 11 Before Enrollment 2 3 0 Percent Before Enrollment 12.50% 20.00% 0.00% While Attending the College 12 8 10 Percent While Attending the College 75.00% 53.30% 90.90% After Training at the College 2 4 1 Percent After Training at the College 12.50% 26.70% 9.10% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2016 2017 2018 Number of Employment Location Responses 16 15 11 In College District 15 11 10 Percent In College District 93.80% 73.30% 90.90% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 2 1 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 13.30% 9.10% Outside of Wisconsin 0 2 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 13.30% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 1 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 6.30% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 13 10 7 Average Monthly Wage $3,822 $4,464 $3,358 Average Hourly Wage $22.22 $25.96 $19.53 Average Work Hours per Week 41.6 40.8 39.7 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 Average Hourly Wage $9.00 Average Work Hours per Week 20
Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018 Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison Number of Full Time Positions Open 69 287 Number of Part Time Positions Open 11 63 Total Jobs 80 350 Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018 Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions Core BTS Network Operations Center Onboarding Engineer Dept of Administration Network Services Technician First Choice Dental Network Operations Center Engineer I INOC Network Operations Center Engineer I Juneau County Information Technology Help Desk Mauston Lightman Technology Audio Video Network Technician McFarland Madison Area Technical College IT Specialist TDS Advanced Business Repair TDS Network Operations Center Technician
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