Why Choose This Program?
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, organizations of all types and sizes require Information Technology (IT) workers with ever greater technical competence. Students participating in IT Infrastructure classes, through lectures and hands-on activities, prepare to be competitive in progressively more complex computer support and network administration environments. The IT Infrastructure program places increased focus on industry standard instruction and certification. Upon completion of courses based on Cisco Academy and Microsoft Official Academic Curricula, students are encouraged to pursue industry certification to validate their training.
Upon completion of their studies, students will find employment in help desk support, hardware/software installation and configuration, as well as network installation and administration.
The curriculum will continue to be updated to meet industry changes, which affords program alumni continued educational and training opportunities.
- Analyze, design and document computer network and client operating system specifications to meet client needs.
- Install and troubleshoot computer network hardware.
- Disassemble, troubleshoot, upgrade and replace basic components, reassemble servers, client systems, printers and other common user devices.
- Implement Local Area Networks using both static and dynamic addressing techniques including subnetting, and basic network security.
- Install and configure domain-based local area (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN)
- Perform help desk functions to answer user questions, provide user training on application software, fundamental operating systems and basic networking functions and configurations.
- Effectively communicate; orally and in writing.
- Work as an effective member of a workgroup or project team.
Career Choices in Information Technology Infastructure
Types of Careers
- Help Desk
- Computer/Server repair
- Desktop and Server support
- Network Technician
- Information Security Specialist
- System Administrator
- Local Government Organizations (City, County and State)
- Computer repair companies
- Wireless (Mobile) communication companies
- Healthcare facilities
- IT/Computer retail companies
- Cloud hosting providers
- Internet service providers
- Education (high schools, colleges, school districts)
Projected Job Growth
According to MN DEED, the average job growth rate in the state of Minnesota for Computer User Support Specialists is 11% and other Computer occupations is 9.5 %
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the national job growth rate for information security analysts is an incredible 37%
Average State Pay
According to MN DEED, in 2014, Information Technology employees earned a median salary of (Minnesota only)
- Computer User Support Specialists is $47,864
- Computer occupations is $71,700
Degrees & Certificates
The Network Administration major reflects current Information Technology (IT) industry requirements, with a focus on certifications. The major ties courses directly to high demand IT certifications, including those from CompTIA, Microsoft and Cisco. These include:
- CompTIA: A+, Network+ and Security+
- Microsoft MCSA: Configuring Windows 8 (70-687), & MCSA: Administering Microsoft Windows Server 2012/R2 (70-410 & 70-411)
- Cisco: Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT), Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA)
Students have the opportunity to graduate with up to four entry level certifications including:
- Microsoft MTA: Networking Fundamentals, Security Fundamentals, Windows Operating System Fundamentals, and Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
Clubs & Organizations
SCTCC Computer Club: Hands on real world experience through volunteering with local businesses and organizations. Students actively participating in the club have several opportunities to compete in state and national competitions including SkillsUSA, Cisco NetRiders, and the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.
Our Network Administration program has an articulation agreement with Metro State University. Upon completion of your AAS Degree in Network Administration from SCTCC, you can pursue your Bachelors in Information Assurance by transferring in your first two years.