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 UNIX.
  • 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 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,220.24
  • Books: $2,375.82
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $0.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $11,596.06

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.

Term: 1
Catalog# Title Credits
10154102 Hardware Essentials 3.00
10152101 Intro to Programming 3.00
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10150110 Networking I 3.00
10151105 Linux 3.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 2
Catalog# Title Credits
10102213 Requirements Analysis 3.00
10151110 Information Security 1 3.00
  • 3.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
-or- 10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10150111 Networking II 3.00
10150120 Server Administration-Beginning 3.00
10150165 Network Server Scripting 3.00
(18 Credits)
Term: 3
Catalog# Title Credits
  • 3.00
  • 4.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
-or- 10804189 Introductory Statistics 3.00
-or- 10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
10150121 Server Administration-Intermediate 3.00
10150130 Virtualization 3.00
10150112 Networking III 3.00
  • 3.00
10809103 Think Critically & Creatively 3.00
-or- 10809195 Economics 3.00
10154132 Help Desk Fundamentals 3.00
(18-19 Credits)
Term: 4
Catalog# Title Credits
10150161 Advanced Networking Projects 3.00
  • 3.00
  • 3.00
10150141 Supervised Field Experience 2.00
-or- 10102130 Career Development 3.00
-or- 10801199 Employment Strategies 3.00
  • 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
-or- 10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
10150113 Networking IV 3.00
(14-15 Credits)
(65-67 Credits)

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.”


CASEY TRADER, AAS, BS

Casey earned his bachelor’s degree in information communication technologies from University of Wisconsin-Stout and is a Cisco Certified Network Associate. He has over 10 years of experience in IT with an emphasis on networking and systems design, from carrier grade to enterprise environments. Casey maintains his skills and industry connections as a member of the Central Wisconsin IT Alliance and by attending various security-related conferences. He is passionate about the open source community and enjoys contributing to it.

“I teach because I want to make a difference.”

Careers

  • Facilities Technician
  • IT Help Desk Specialist
  • Network Administrator
  • 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

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