Are you looking to gain skills necessary to be a network administrator? Our Network Administration program will equip you with the ability to manage Microsoft Windows networks, configure Cisco routers and switches, and troubleshoot PC computing hardware and software. Curriculum in the program is designed to provide you not only with an Associate of Applied Science degree, but also with the knowledge you need to earn industry-recognized certifications, including Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA.
The College of Western Idaho (CWI) provides a Network Administration program that will ready you to take several industry standard certification exams such as Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS), Network +, and Security +. By earning an Industry Standard Certification, you gain advanced, market-relevant skills that employers recognize and respect as well as opportunities to connect with a global community of other certified professionals.
What You Will Learn to Do
- The knowledge needed to earn industry-recognized certifications, including Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA
- Advanced, market relevant skills that employers recognize and respect
- The skills necessary to be a network administrator
- To manage Microsoft networks
- To configure Cisco routers and switch
- To troubleshoot PC computing hardware and software
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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Fall 2014||Spring 2015||Summer 2015|
|Registration Open||April 14||November 10||April 13|
|Financial Aid Priority Date||July 14||December 1||May 11|
|Admission Deadline||August 8||December 22||May 15|
|Tuition and Fees Due||August 22||January 9||May 29|
|Last Day to Register||August 22||January 9||May 29|
|Classes Begin||August 25||January 12||June 1*|
|*Some classes begin before this date. See class schedule for more information.|
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- CISA requirements
- General computer skills
- Ability to learn
- Basic understanding of how computers work is helpful
- Good communication and writing skills are helpful
- Ability to troubleshoot complex problems is helpful
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, available each semester, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.
Admission into the Network Administration program requires a separate application process and is competitive. The application can be found under Program Resources above.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
Through this program, students will gain the skills necessary to be a network administrator, with the ability to manage Microsoft networks, configure Cisco routers and switches, and troubleshoot PC computing hardware and software. Curriculum is developed to requirements of industry certification tests including Microsoft, Cisco and CompTIA
- Computer and Information Systems Managers
- Information Security Analysts
- Network and Computer Systems Administrators
- Computer Network Architects
- Computer Network Support Specialists