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Computers: Network and System Administration

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.A.S.

Completed Online: Both
Completed in the Evenings: Day & Evening
Pathway: Career Path
Career Cluster: Business and Computers
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

About the Program

Information technology continues to grow day by day, and you can take advantage of the many opportunities in this field through Iowa Western's Network and System Administration program. Here you'll learn how to install, maintain, and administer network operating systems. Training in the installation and maintenance of hardware and software for servers and desktops is also offered.

As you work toward an Associate of Applied Science degree, you'll learn from Microsoft and Cisco certified instructors while using the most up-to-date equipment. Hands-on labs provide an ideal learning environment. Not all program courses are offered on-line or every year. This program will prepare you for entry as a help desk expert, system administrator, or data center technician.

With 100 percent job placement, this program sends graduates to such large companies as Con Agra, Qwest, First National Bank, Mutual of Omaha, Union Pacific, and First Data. So if you enjoy problem solving and working in teams, this program is a perfect fit.

Career Information

This program is designed for students intending to enter the workforce upon completion of this two-year degree. Network and system administrators implement and maintain interconnected computer systems. They manage local-area networks, wide-area networks, Internet and intranet connections, and other business-critical networks. They also ensure necessary hardware is in working order and secure. Network administrators are also involved in the design of systems, including needs analysis, business evaluations, development, and security. Graduates of this program are eligible for entry-level position as a technician or support employee.

Network administrators are in a strong position in this economy. As computer networks become a more and more important part of business and communications, there's a vast need in a wide variety of industries for professionals who can install, upgrade, and maintain these systems. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities are due to increase by 27% between 2006 and 2016.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Analyze network traffic.
  • Demonstrate troubleshooting and problem solving skills with systems and network.
  • Construct a computer network.
  • Design, create and maintain a relational database.
  • Install PC systems.
  • Effectively interact with users.
  • Administer and maintain computer networks.
  • Design a secure network.
  • Evaluate systems and project management.

Average: $34.63
Entry Level: $24.66
Experienced: $46.04

* Salary information from EMSI Analyst Database.