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IT-Systems Administration Specialist

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 101547

Overview

With an associate degree from Madison College in IT-Systems Administration Specialist, you will learn the fundamentals of operating systems support, networking and systems integration. You also will be challenged to learn Microsoft Windows system administration for both client and server systems, as well as other technologies valued by area employers

You will gain the skills necessary to obtain key IT industry certifications such as:

  • CompTIA A+
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) 
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
  • VMware VCP

The skills you will gain in the classroom as well as your internship with an employer in the Madison area will prepare you for your career in information technology. 

Program Details

IT-Systems Administration 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 the IT-Systems Administration Specialist program at Madison College can attend full or part time.

IT-Systems Administration Specialist classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax
  • Madison - South
     

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

** note that if starting in Spring term, it may take 5 semesters to complete program

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.

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Admission

To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • 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.

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 the Enrollment Center 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.

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Elective

3 credits


Fourth Semester




 

Elective

3 credits


Recommended Electives

Electives must be associate degree (10-level) or college transfer (20-level) courses.





Outcomes

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

  • Troubleshoot personal computer systems.
  • Install and configure Microsoft Windows client operating systems.
  • Troubleshoot Microsoft Windows client operating systems.
  • Install and configure Microsoft Windows Server operating systems
  • Troubleshoot Microsoft Windows Server operating systems.
  • Establish an Active Directory environment on Microsoft Windows Server.
  • Configure basic TCP/IP networking services on Microsoft Windows.
  • Install, configure and troubleshoot network operating systems.
  • Solve problems individually and in a team environment.
Careers

IT-Systems Administration Specialist graduates from Madison College are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of IT-Systems Administration including:

  • Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)
  • Systems Administrator
  • Technical Support Services
  • Help Desk
  • Networking Services and Installation

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

  • Network Administrator
  • Data Center Manager
  • VMware vSphere Administrator
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)

Typical job duties include installing, configuring and administering client and server systems including Microsoft Windows Server, Windows client, Linux and VMware vSphere. You will also be prepared to:

  • Perform technical troubleshooting of computer systems and networks.
  • Integrate the hardware and software required to support new initiatives.
  • Install, maintain and troubleshoot Internet connectivity for services such as email, web and other Internet applications.
  • Be responsible for critical system backups and plan for the restoration of computing services in the event of disasters.
  • Demonstrate initiative as a member of an information technology team.
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 33 33 33
    Number of Surveys Sent 33 33 32
    Number of Surveys Returned 22 21 25
    Percent of Surveys Returned 66.70% 63.60% 78.10%
    Available for Employment 20 21 24
    Percent Available for Employment 90.90% 100.00% 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 2 0 1
    Percent Not in Labor Market 9.10% 0.00% 4.20%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 16 18 21
    Percent of Graduates Employed 80.00% 85.70% 87.50%
    Employed in Related Occupation 15 15 17
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 93.80% 83.30% 81.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 3 4
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 6.30% 16.70% 19.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 4 3 3
    Percent Seeking Employment 20.00% 14.30% 12.50%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.3 3.3
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 22 21 23
    Very Satisfied 11 7 10
    Percent Very Satisfied 50.00% 33.30% 43.50%
    Satisfied 11 13 10
    Percent Satisfied 50.00% 61.90% 43.50%
    Unsatisfied 0 1 2
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 4.80% 8.70%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 1
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 4.30%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 22 21 25
    Preparation for Getting a Job 9 9 9
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 40.90% 42.90% 36.00%
    Career Change 9 7 11
    Percent Career Change 40.90% 33.30% 44.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 3 3 1
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 13.60% 14.30% 4.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 1 2 4
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 4.50% 9.50% 16.00%
    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 16 18 21
    Before Enrollment 2 3 3
    Percent Before Enrollment 12.50% 16.70% 14.30%
    While Attending the College 4 11 11
    Percent While Attending the College 25.00% 61.10% 52.40%
    After Training at the College 10 4 7
    Percent After Training at the College 62.50% 22.20% 33.30%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 16 18 21
    In College District 15 16 17
    Percent In College District 93.80% 88.90% 81.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 2
    Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 9.50%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 1 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 5.60% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 1 2
    Percent Location Unknown 6.30% 5.60% 9.50%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 13 16 16
    Average Monthly Wage $3,791 $3,709 $3,361
    Average Hourly Wage $22.04 $21.56 $19.54
    Average Work Hours per Week 40.1 40.6 41.9
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2 1 2
    Average Hourly Wage $12.50 $11.00 $35.88
    Average Work Hours per Week 22.5 20 21.7
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open
    TechConnect Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 66 9
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 7 0
    Total Jobs 73 9
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    5Nines LLC Service Desk
    American Family Insurance Help Desk Analyst
    Cleaning Systems Inc IT Technical Specialist De Pere
    CUNA Mutual Group System Administrator
    Department Of Children And Families Workstation Support Specialist
    Dept of Administration Desktop Support
    Madison Area Technical College Laboratory Coordinator
    Palace Dinner Theater Graphic Designer Wisconsin Dells
    PDS Telephone Computer Engineer
    Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital & Clinics Service Desk/Security Analyst Prairie du Sac
    South Central Library System Computer Technician
    TDS Senior Operations Support Specialist Middleton
    UW - Madison Division of Information Technology Security And Application Support
    UW Medical Foundation Server Analyst Middleton
    UW Medical Foundation Server Associate Middleton
    Vieth Consulting Network Consultant
    WTS Paradigm Network Administrator Middleton

    * - TechConnect jobs are through the Wisconsin Technical College System.

    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.