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IT Network Specialist
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.
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 2019/2020 academic calendar year.
- Tuition & Fees: $9,610.85
- Books: $2208.64
- Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $35.00
- Total Estimated Cost: $11,854.49
Financial Aid Eligibility
This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.
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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.”
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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.”
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.