Graduation Map: Computer Networking, AAS
The first year of the Computer Networking program at NPC is designed to prepare students to work in the field of Information Technology (IT) where they will be responsible for providing support to computer users employing skills in building, troubleshooting, and repair of Personal Computers (PC) at the hardware level and at the Operating System (OS) level. In addition, students will learn the basics of creating, configuring, troubleshooting, and repairing networks employing skills in setup and configuration of servers using the latest MS Windows Server OS, configuration of network routers and switches, and employing basic security measures to protect the integrity of those computers, networks, and servers from viruses, malware, and other malicious attacks. Creating network cables is included in this first year as well as virtualization of computers and servers with lots of hands-on experience in the classroom and online. This completes the first year where the students will complete the Technical Certificate in Computer Networking. The first and second semester will each include a Microsoft fundamentals and Windows client certification exam as their final.
The second year of the Computer Networking program will focus on installation, configuration, and administration of the Windows Server operating system. They will also focus on advanced routing and switching configurations. The last semester will focus on the design of networks, security, and server deployments to create a fully functional network in small, medium, and enterprise-level companies. After completing all four semesters the students will achieve an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Networking. The third semester will include a Microsoft Server certification exam as their final.
This program is offered both online and on-campus blended formats which include preparation for several certifications in Microsoft Certified Professional, CompTIA Certified IT Professional and Cisco Certified Network Associate. We recommend and most students prefer to be on campus in the classroom but when students need to complete this program completely online, in most cases, accommodations could be made for that.