Information Technology Networking

IT – networking

North Central State College’s networking degree prepares students for a successful career in Information Technology (IT). Students learn how to create, administer, and secure servers and networking infrastructures while earning information technology certifications such as:

  • Microsoft
    • Istallation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 (70-740)
    • Identity with Windows Server 2016 (70-742)
  • CISCO
    • CCENT
    • CCNA
    • CCNA Wireless
  • CompTIA
    • A+
    • Cloud+ (CV0-002)
    • Linux+
    • Security+

Graduates of this program develop problem solving and communication skills necessary to function effectively with end-users and decision makers throughout all levels of the organization. Our graduates develop life-long learning skills—the key to success in the exciting and dynamic information technology field.

NCSC graduates are employed as data communications and help desk support specialists, network and computer technicians, and Windows and Linux server administrators supporting local and regional businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions.

The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded for the completion of this program.

Where You Could Go

NC State has over 40 agreements with four-year colleges and universities to provide a smooth transition for students would want to pursue a bachelor’s degree.  Through university partnerships, some four-year courses are also offered on the NC State campus or online,

North Central State College has articulation agreements specifically for Information Technology Students with Western Governors’ UniversityDeVry UniversityFranklin University, and Herzing University.

Job Demand

The computer industry is expected to remain one of the fastest growing areas of employment for the foreseeable future due to increasing dependence on data processing, networking, and web-based business applications that interface with main-frame systems. Upgrades to software and the increased use of wireless technology demand better network security.

$68,050Average Yearly Salary

Computer Network Support Specialist

Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.

$46,249Average Yearly Salary

Computer User Support Specialist

Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.

$73,469Average Yearly Salary

Network and Computer Systems Administrator

Install, configure, and support an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.

Program Outcomes

Students earning an IT Networking Degree from NCSC are prepared to:

  1. Design, implement, and administer small and midsize business (SMB) networks.
  2. Install and administer SMB server and work-station operating systems (NOS/OS).
  3. Implement and administer SMB network security: identify and remediate threats and secure data and network communication confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
  4. Troubleshoot and remediate SMB computer and network hardware, software, and communications issues.
  5. Attain Cisco®, CompTIA®, Microsoft®, or  VMware® certifications.