Computer Networking Technology Program

Opportunities are virtually endless when you have mastered technology. Are you looking for a training program that is in high demand and is expected to show continued growth in the future? Entry-level salaries in computer repair and networking jobs range from $25,000 to $40,000 a year. Job opportunities are growing dramatically with the expansion of Internet and global networking.

The Computer Networking Technology Program is designed to provide graduates with the necessary skills to succeed in the jobs of the future. Graduates are able to administer a local area network, install and troubleshoot communication hardware/software and integrate technologies that the business world demands. The program aims to prepare one to be involved in a complex telecommunications environment.

Students learn to set up the complete system that facilities information exchanges between networks. The program offers a theoretical and hands-on approach to networking. For every hour of theory, students get two hours of lab time. Students assist with on-campus networks working in the colleges on campus help desk and get practical experience in a student-run network in the technology lab. They install the network, run the cable, debug and maintain the system.

The program is available to students with varied backgrounds. Sign up now and get on the fast track to the many employment opportunities including design, configuration, installation and maintenance of networks in small and large companies.

Course Schedule

Computer Networking Technology (A.A.S. Degree)

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
NET-774 Help Desk I
1.0
NET-110 Microcomputer Fundamentals
3.0
NET-191 Network Cabling
2.0
NET-211 CISCO Networking
2.0
NET-790 PC Support I***
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective*
3.0
OR
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective*
XXX-XXX English/Speech Elective*
3.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
NET-345 Windows Scripting
3.0
NET-483 Network Certification+
3.0
NET-222 CISCO Routers
3.0
NET-791 PC Support II***
3.0
NET-775 Help Desk II
1.0
XXX-XXX General Math Elective*
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
NET-750 Telecommunications Services
3.0
NET-232 CISCO Switches
3.0
NET-314 Windows Server
4.0
NET-413 Linux System Administration
4.0
NET-161 Network Design & Documentation
2.0
NET-776 Help Desk III
1.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
NET-347 Windows Directory Scripting
2.0
NET-612 Fundamentals of Network Security
3.0
NET-152 Advanced Networking Technology
3.0
NET-242 CISCO WAN
3.0
NET-343 Windows Directory Services
3.0
NET-455 Advanced Linux System Administration
3.0
NET-777 Help Desk IV
1.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0
 
Computer Networking Technology A.A.S. Degree Total Hours: 68.0

*Course must be chosen from approved A.A.S. general elective list.

**Program requirements: Must pass all classes with a “C” or better for graduation.

***Course Fee for A+ test.

****See Program Coordinator for approved list and description of courses to fulfill electives.

Computer Repair Diploma

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
NET-774 Help Desk I
1.0
NET-110 Microcomputer Fundamentals
3.0
NET-191 Network Cabling
2.0
NET-211 CISCO Networking
2.0
NET-790 PC Support I***
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective*
3.0
OR
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective*
XXX-XXX English/Speech Elective*
3.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
NET-345 Windows Scripting
3.0
NET-483 Network Certification+
3.0
NET-222 CISCO Routers
3.0
NET-791 PC Support II***
3.0
NET-775 Help Desk II
1.0
XXX-XXX General Math Elective*
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0
 
Computer Repair Diploma Total Hours: 33.0

*Course must be chosen from approved A.A.S. general elective list.

**Program requirements: Must pass all classes with a “C” or better for graduation.

***Course Fee for A+ test.

****See Program Coordinator for approved list and description of courses to fulfill electives.

Gainful Employment Information

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires schools with Gainful Employment programs to disclose certain information about them. Information below is based on the period July 1 2011 - June 30, 2012 (2011-2012 Award Year).
Program Name
Computer Repair
Program Length
30 weeks
Cost of Entire Program
 
   Total Tuition & Fees Required
$4,818.00
   Books & Supplies 
$1,600.00
   Total Annual Room & Board Charges for Living on Campus
 
   Additional Cost
$300.00
Debt at Program Completion
 
   Median Federal Student Loan Debt
$
   Median Private Loan Debt
$
   Median Institutional Financial Plan Debt
$
Completion Rate
91%
Job Placement Rate
36%
Name & US Dept of Labor's Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code for the occupations that the program prepares students to enter.
15-1152 Computer Network Support Specialists
Links to the Occupational Profiles on the US Dept of Labor's O*NET
Website or its successor site. 
http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1142.00
Any other notes you want included Ex: students who continued with school
2 Grads are still in school

 

Instructors

Marc Matthes 515-574-1099 matthes@iowacentral.edu
George Lawman 515-574-1116 lawman@iowacentral.edu
Troy Crampton 515-574-1114 crampton@iowacentral.edu
Josh Hays 515-574-1113 hays@iowacentral.edu
Chris Madison 515-574-1112 madison@iowacentral.edu
Jeff Nelsen 515-574-1115 nelsen@iowacentral.edu
Tyler Van Houten 515-574-1117 vanhouten@iowacentral.edu