Information and Network Technology is focused on the design, implementation, and configuration of network servers, computer networks and network infrastructure, and their integration into a comprehensive computing system. Both hardware and software aspects are covered. Specific topics include computer communication protocols, computer network analysis, reliability, security, fault tolerance, operating systems, computer and network hardware and asset management.
Successful Network Technicians must be adaptable, self-learners with good spatial, logical, and organizational skills. Strong math skills are not required but do generally indicate the individual's problem-solving ability.
- Successfully describe computer networking terminology.
- Successfully assemble and analyze network configurations at varying levels of complexity.
- Demonstrate a minimum of 85% competency on CCNA examination.
- Demonstrate a minimum of 70% competency on the CompTIA Network + certification examination.
- Demonstrate a minimum of 80% competency in analyzing trouble-shooting problems.
- Demonstrate their ability to assemble various computer and networking systems designs.
- Demonstrate proper verbal communication skills.
- Demonstrate research and presentation skills.
- Demonstrate the ability to create documents necessary to job-seeking.
- Demonstrate the ability to create appropriate and thorough technical documentation.
- Show the ability to synthesize and analyze essential business information as it applies to a service industry.
- Display ability to analyze complex computer and network system problems.
- Create designs to solve computer and network system problems.
- Demonstrate the ability to implement solutions to computer and network system problems.
- Display the ability to troubleshoot complex computer and network system problems.
- Demonstrate the ability to make technology solution recommendations while considering fiscal ramifications.
- Demonstrate “transfer of knowledge” and the ability to adapt skills to previously unfamiliar situations.
- MATC Merit Scholarship
- Vocational Educational Scholarship Program
- Scholarships Information
- CCNA Cisco Certification
- Microsoft Certified Professional
- Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
- NSTISSI 4011:Information System Security Professional
- A+ Computer Technician
- VCA VMware Certified Associate
- Network Administrator
- Network Designer
- Information Systems Manager
- Computer Consultant
- Computer Support Specialist
- Network Support Specialist
- Computer Repair Technician
The salary range for the Information and Network Technology graduates was $10.00-$19.90 per hour. Wages and benefits vary depending on location of employment. The Information and NetworkTechnology program had a 91% placement rate for the 2009-2010 graduates.
Outlook for employment in field in Kansas
The Network and Computer Systems Administrators occupations had an average annual employment of 4,075 in 2006 and a projection of 5,496 in 2016. That represents an increase of 1421 (34.9%) jobs. In addition, there will be an additional 930 employees needed to serve as replacements for those who leave the field.
Outlook for employment in field nationwide
Computer network, systems, and database administrators should continue to enjoy excellent job prospects. In general, applicants with a college degree and certification will have the best opportunities. However, for some of these occupations, opportunities will be available for applicants with related work experience. Job openings in these occupations will be the result of strong employment growth, as well as the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force.