IT Network Specialist

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
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Why choose IT Network Specialist?

  • Computer networking specialists are critical to the integrity and security of any large company’s network and the systems connected to it.
  • Even at the entry level, computer networking specialists are problem solvers and troubleshooters.
  • Get the training you need to be your employer’s expert in network connectivity, protocols, network security devices, network types, and common operating systems, such as Windows and Linux.
  • Interested in earning a bachelor’s degree? For transfer opportunities, visit mstc.edu/transfer.
Networks are integral to the functioning of almost any large business, from manufacturing to food service and government agencies to nonprofit organizations. The job of a computer networking specialist is to maintain the integrity and security of a company's network and the systems connected to it.

Program Locations

Stevens Point Campus
1001 Centerpoint Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494

What You'll Learn

The IT Network Specialist program at Mid-State prepares students to administer and support personal computer and network environments. Graduates are able to install, troubleshoot, analyze, and repair networks, as well as maximize network efficiency.

In this program you will follow guided instructions for setting up and managing multiple computers in a networking environment. You’ll also apply concepts in hands-on activities both in and outside the classroom. Past students have repaired and imaged laptops for a local school district, completed a network upgrade for a nonprofit organization, and fixed computers at the PC Clinic.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2022/23 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,758.28
  • Books: $1,258.54
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $0
  • Total Estimated Cost: $11,016.82

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10154102 IT Essentials  3
  10801136 English Composition 1  3
  10150110 Networking I  3
  10151110 Information Security 1  3
  10151105 Linux 3
  Term Total   15 Credits
       
Term: 2
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10152101 Intro to Programming  3
  10801198 Speech  3
-or- 10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication  3
  10150111 Networking II  3
  10150120 Server Administration-Beginning 3
  10150165 Network Server Scripting 3
  Term Total   15 Credits
       
Term: 3
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10804107 College Mathematics 3
-or- 10804189 Introductory Statistics 3
  10150121 Server Administration-Intermediate 3
  10150130 Virtualization 3
  10150112 Networking III  3
  10809103 Think Critically & Creatively  3
  10154132 Help Desk Fundamentals 3
  Term Total   18 Credits
       
Term: 4
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10150161 Advanced Networking Projects 3
  10150142 Network Specialist Internship 3
-or- 10102130 Career Development 3
  10809198 Intro to Psychology  3
-or- 10809188 Developmental Psychology 3
  10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application  3
  10150113 Networking IV 3
  Term Total   15 Credits
       
  Program Total   63 Credits

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.

Instructors

BRIAN KRAUSE, BA

Brian Krause holds a bachelor of arts degree from Lakeland College and brings over 20 years of experience working in the IT industry in central Wisconsin to his teaching at Mid-State. He continues to stay current with modern technology through a variety of volunteer activities, research, and seminars.

“I enjoy being able to pass along knowledge and skills to eager learners and bring in real-world business examples for better understanding of the content beyond book theory and examples. Doing so creates a fun learning environment that adds value to the program.”

Careers

  • Computer Network Support Specialist
  • Hardware Support Specialist
  • Network Administrator
  • Facilities Technician
  • IT Help Desk Specialist
  • Network Operations Specialist
  • Network Specialist
  • Technology Support Specialist
  • Telecommunications Technician

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“Mid-State’s IT Network Specialist program gave me the experience, skills, and confidence in my abilities to succeed in the professional world.”

JUSTIN URBANS
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Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

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IT Network Specialist Pathway