Information Technology

Networking student

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

The fast-evolving and interconnected world of today requires knowledgeable, capable, and creative problem solvers to make sure our digital infrastructure meets the demands of users.

A Network Administration degree from SCTCC provides rigorous hands-on and inquiry-based coursework focused on up-to-date equipment and software, current techniques, and best practices. Our technology curriculum is built on the combined efforts of staff, faculty, and industry partners.

The Cyber Security major brings together foundational information technology knowledge and focused cyber security skills to develop knowledgeable and capable security specialists. Curriculum includes planning and implementing security measures for the protection of computer networks, systems and data. Hands-on coursework includes incident response, forensic examination of hardware and networks, system hardening and offensive security methodologies.

As a student, you will experience cross-disciplinary learning, hands-on activities, and project-based learning to engage you in applying your new skills to real-world scenarios that are in high demand in today's IT industry.

Network Administration
Information Technology
"I lost my job and was a stay at home father of two boys. I returned to school because it is very important for me to make the lives of my family and others better. My dream is to work in the medical field, networking medical equipment and systems – and possibly saving lives."
Network Cables
graduated from
Chaska HS
Information Technology
I have a passion for computers. I like building computers, helping with networks. It’s been going very well for me so far. It’s an ever-growing field and there will always be a demand for it.
Network Cables

Skills Acquired

  • Computer hardware and software installation, configuration and management and security
  • Support and training of end users on a variety of computer, server, networking and security related topics
  • Network management skills L2 Switches, configurations, management, security, access, VLANs, encryption and remote management
  • Router management, configuration, routing tables and protocols, IPv4 and IPv6, security, VPN, remote management, load balancing, QoS, DHCP, DNS, NAT, PAT, and packet forwarding concepts
  • Wireless Network management, configuration, DHCP, MAC address access lists, and security
  • Installation, configuration and management of Microsoft Windows Desktop and Server operating systems. Active Directory best practices in configuration and operation. Group Policy management in an enterprise environment. PowerShell automation
  • Linux workstation and server installation and configuration. Command line system management and troubleshooting
  • Information systems security including intrusion detection, ethical hacking, incident response and general security assessment and auditing
  • Microsoft enterprise application installation, configuration and management of MS-SQL, SharePoint, Exchange and System Center

Cyber Security

  • Understand the broader implications of information security in the workplace and in a globally-connected network.
  • Analyze situations where security could be improved and develop an efficient and effective solution.
  • Maintain a personal knowledge-base for past, present and future security situations and solutions.
  • Perform their duties with discretion and high ethical standards when dealing with sensitive data.
2017 Placement Rate
Central MN average hourly wage

Career Choices

Employment includes positions in

  • IT Helpdesk
  • Desktop and server assembly
  • Configuration, and support
  • Systems upgrade and repair
  • User training
  • Network administrator
  • Systems administrator
  • Network support specialist

Cyber Security opportunities

  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Security Analyst
  • Network Security Analyst

The curriculum includes a strong combination of skills, and when they are combined with very attainable certifications, there are opportunities for excellent job placement.

Potential Employers

Anywhere technology is used to drive business:

  • Internet service providers
  • Cloud hosting providers
  • Medical facilities
  • Cellular data systems
  • Electronics sales and service
  • City and county government
  • Supply-chain-management systems
  • Cloud dependent services
  • Countless other industries dependent on IT infra

Where Grads Work

  • CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital 
  • Tek Systems
  • City of St. Cloud
  • US Bank
  • StratX IT
  • Marco Technologies 
  • Capital One
  • St. Cloud Technical & Community College

Accreditations & Credentials

The Information Technology Infrastructure program is a member of the Cisco Networking Academy and CompTIA Academy.


Our Network Administration program has an articulation agreement with Metropolitan 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.

Info Sessions

Contact Us

Ryan Salner
Office: 2-429
Phone: 320-308-5029

Brian Volkmuth
Office: 2-425
Phone: 320-308-5670

Program Costs

In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect a cost of $800-1500 for books, supplies, and materials.

Program Scholarship

Scholarships available for those who are planning on going into a computer-related career:

  • Lee Boraas
  • SCTCC Faculty & Staff  Funded

Apply one time for SCTCC scholarships and you're considered for all eligible scholarships.

SCTCC Scholarships

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.

SCTCC Student Clubs

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