About the Program
Students earning this degree will be prepared to pursue information technology and networking careers in a variety of industries, including healthcare, financial services, education, entertainment, and more. With an emphasis on practical experience, students learn the basics of routing, switching, wireless, troubleshooting, and other advanced technologies to prepare for the globally-recognized Cisco CCNA® certification, continued education, and for entry-level career opportunities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects much faster than average growth and excellent job prospects for Network Administrators.
What will I learn?
With an emphasis on practical experience, students learn the basics of routing, switching; managing firewalls and wireless networks, including Windows Server operating systems; how to add, manage, and troubleshoot various network enterprise services; and a familiarization with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Platform and Palo Alto Firewall configuration.
What can I do with this course of study?
This program prepares students to work for organizations that provide enterprise network services to clients as well as organizations that adopt Cisco and Windows solutions to manage their networks. In addition, this program prepares you for work as a systems administrator, network technician, and level 2 help desk specialist. Finally, this program prepares students to work as Linux administrators or manage Cisco routers, firewalls, and switches in the private and public sectors.
What is special about this program?
Students who enroll in this program can earn their Network +, Security +, Linux+, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and Cisco Security certifications. Careers Available: The following titles are examples of careers associated with both the Network Administrator and Information Security & Assurance programs but not limited to:
- Network Administrator
- Network Engineer
- Network Installer
- Network Technician
- Help Desk Technician
- Information Technology Specialist
- Data Security
- Computer Security
- Information Security Officer Specialist
ITNW 1308 - Implementing and Supporting Client Operating Systems
ITCC 1414 - CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks ***
ITCC 1444 - CCNA 2: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials
ENGL 1301 - Composition I
ITNW 1425 - Fundamentals of Networking Technologies
ITNW 1454 - Implementing and Supporting Servers
ITSC 1316 - Linux Installation and Configuration
Select 1 from the following:
Select 1 from the following: Language, Philosophy & Culture (40) Core or Creative Arts (50) Core
Select 1 from the following: Social and Behavioral Sciences (80) Core
ITNW 2473 - Amazon Cloud Foundations
ITSY 2430 - Intrusion Detection
ITCC 2420 - CCNA 3: Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation
ITSY 1300 - Fundamentals of Information Security
ITCC 2343 - Network Security
ITSC 2325 - Advanced Linux
ITNW 2264 - Practicum (or Field Experience) - Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Select 1 course from the Mathematics (20) Core
About the Program Coordinator:
Dr. Bobby Yeater
I believe learning is accomplished with repetition. An instructor should be able to demonstrate their technical competency through performance and demonstration in the classroom. Trust and respect among students is quickly earned when the instructor displays their technical expertise and conveys “real-world” working scenarios to students. I also believe in accessibility to include hours outside the classroom and “working hours.” Continuous improvement and staying current with the latest trends in network architecture are keys to success. I want to convey to my students that learning is a lifelong process.
Doctor of Business Administration - Information Security, Northcentral University, May 2016
Master of Arts in Learning and Technology, Western Governor’s University, May 2005
Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education, Sam Houston State University, May 1998
Northwest Vista College
Bobby began working at Northwest Vista College in 2006 and was appointed program coordinator for the Network Administration Program which he is still managing. In 2016, Bobby earned his Doctorate of Business with an Information Security emphasis from Northcentral University. Bobby is Network+, CISSP certified and is also certified as a Cisco Academic Instructor and possesses a Cisco Certified Network Associate certification.