Information Technology - Network Management
The networking professional enjoys working with technologies and people. The Information Technology Program with a concentration in Network Management enables people to develop and utilize networking and computing skills, as well as improve and enhance personal communication skills. Successful networkers enjoy working in a hands-on environment planning, installing and configuring equipment, and utilizing problem-solving strategies.
Students are introduced to networking technology, operating systems, computer programming and logic, and database concepts. This is followed by specialized training in network system integration, management, maintenance, and support.
Network and computer operating systems, computer diagnostics, and cabling infrastructure are studied with an accent on routing and switching. Students receive training on Microsoft, UNIX/Linux, Cisco Networking, advanced diagnostics, and A+ certification preparation.
Although networking and computers certainly play a major role in this program, prior knowledge of computers is not necessary.
Graduates find employment in such positions as local area network (LAN) administrators, network specialists, network control operators, communications technicians, and microcomputer support specialists. As is true in the workplace, the more experience and training an employee has, the more employment opportunities will be available.
In addition to the two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree, CCCC offers Network Operating System, Network Infrastructure, Network Security and Voice Over IP certificates. The certificate programs focus on "career-centered" flexible education. Selected certificate programs are designed for two-semester completion.
CCCC networking students are active participants in the learning process. Through hands-on training and study, the students gain essential networking skills; plus, they may choose to sit for specific certification exams. Independent vendors, as well as hardware and software manufacturers have established industry-recognized "certification tests." Successful test candidates are recognized as having achieved a certain level of knowledge, thereby giving them an employment advantage over the non-certified candidate.
To support students seeking certifications, CCCC's Lee Main Campus has been approved as an authorized testing center. Networking students may register and take certification tests at reduced costs. Networking certification tests offered at CCCC include such exams as the CCNA, Network+, Security+, and A+.
What Students Learn
Students successfully completing the Information Technology Program with a concentration in Network Management Program will be able to:
- Use technologies to provide reliable transmission and delivery of data, voice, image, and video communications in business, industrial, and educational settings.
- Perform installations of Microsoft Windows(TM) client and server operation systems and selected software on small to medium computers and servers.
- Perform installations of Linux/Unix operation systems on small to medium computers and servers and demonstrate basic operating system services.
- Create and organize user(s) and group(s) on network operating systems including Microsoft(TM) and Linux/Unix.
- Evaluate and select the appropriate network devices, such as routers, switches and servers, document, and explain the associated benefits and issues.
- Listen to, evaluate, and assess network infrastructure solutions and designs resolving or supporting the client's need.
- Have a basic knowledge of security policies, concepts and terminology.