Are you looking to gain skills necessary to be a network administrator? Our Network and System 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.
Why This Program
Information technologies have a significant presence in all areas of business today. The Network Administration program is designed to provide a solid foundation in networking skills, and addresses the need for IT professionals with a comprehensive understanding of network operating systems. Graduates are ready for an exciting future in the IT industry. The Network Administration program prepares students for industry certification, which validates technical skills to employers.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Demonstrate the knowledge needed to earn industry-recognized certifications, including Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA
- Gain advanced, market relevant skills that employers recognize and respect
- Utilize skills necessary to be a network administrator
- Manage Microsoft networks
- Configure Cisco routers and switch
- Troubleshoot PC computing hardware and software
Partnerships and internships.
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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Network and System Administration, Associate of Applied Science
Network and System Administration, Advanced Technical Certificate
Network and System Administration, Intermediate Technical Certificate
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2017||Summer 2017||Fall 2017|
|Registration Open||November 14||April 10||April 10|
|Financial Aid Priority Date||December 5||May 15||July 10|
|Admission Deadline||December 30||May 19||August 4|
|Last Day to Register||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Classes Begin||January 17*||June 5*||August 21|
|*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.|
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- 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, 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.
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 the Network and System Administration 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
- Network and Computer Systems Administrators
- Information Security Analysts
- Computer Network Architects
- Computer Network Support Specialists