IT-Network Systems Administration

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Associate of Applied Science

Program Number: 

101505

Credits: 

64.00
Financial Aid Available

Your interest in computer systems can translate into a career as a valued member of a technical team. In-demand network systems administrators install, maintain, troubleshoot, and upgrade computer networks to keep businesses operating smoothly.

Through this program you will explore both Wide Area Networks (WANs) and Local Area Networks (LANs). Other responsibilities could include installing and managing client and server software, enforcing account security, implementing backup and disaster plans, and protecting the network from malware.

Technical courses are taught with a combination of classroom study and lab work, and all students complete their studies with an internship.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

IT-Network Systems Administration

This program will cost about $9,400* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

IT-Network Systems Administration 2015-2016 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates9
Graduates Responding7
Employed in Related Occupation6
Employed in Non-related Occupations1
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Responding32
Average Hours Per Week2738
Median Hourly Wage$18.00 $18.27
Hourly Wage Range$10.00 - $20.00$18.03 - $18.50
Median Annual Salary$26,208.00 $36,067.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Computer Support Specialist; La Crosse County, La Crosse, WI
  • Computer Technician; LHI, La Crosse, WI
  • Help Desk Coordinator; Dairyland Power Cooperative, La Crosse, WI
  • IT Help Desk Technician; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Systems Administrator; E.O.Johnson, Onalaska, WI
  • Technician; Best Buy, Onalaska, WI

Career Opportunities

Network Administrator
Network Analyst
Unix/Linux System Administrator
Windows System Administrator

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • Configure and Administer Network Operating Systems
  • Design and Administer Network Infrastructure
  • Protect Network and System Against Intrusion
  • Support and Train End Users regarding Hardware and Software Issues
  • Develop and Maintain System Documentation, Baseline Data, and Business Continuity Plans
  • Coordinate and Manage IT Projects and Assets in a Business Environment
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic, utilize time management skills, display initiative and work cooperatively as part of an effective team

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

Application
$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in writing/sentence skills, reading comprehension, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the exemptions here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Transfer Agreements

Viterbo University

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

IT-Network Systems Administration

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