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Network Administration and Engineering

Program Pathways

Computer Networking Technician Diploma

Program Details

Award Diploma
Credits 34
Program Start Fall
Number of Terms 2
Time to Complete 9 months

Suggested Sequence of Study and Cost

Program Courses

Term 1 — Fall
  • A+ Certification Prep Course
  • Cisco Networking
  • College Experience
  • Information Computing -OR-
    Database/Spreadsheets -OR-
    Introduction to Computers
  • Introduction to Database
Term 2 — Spring
  • Cisco Networking II
  • Linux System Administration
  • Windows Server

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

Next step: Continue to terms 3 and 4 of the Network Administration and Engineering Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or graduate and enter the workforce.

Network Administration and Engineering Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

Program Details

Award Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits 68
Program Start Fall
Number of Terms 4
Time to Complete 2 years

Suggested Sequence of Study and Cost

Program Courses

Term 1 — Fall
  • A+ Certification Prep Course
  • Cisco Networking
  • College Experience
  • Information Computing -OR-
    Database/Spreadsheets -OR-
    Introduction to Computers
  • Introduction to Database
Term 2 — Spring
  • Cisco Networking II
  • Linux System Administration
  • Windows Server
Term 3 — Fall
  • Administering Windows Server
  • Cisco Networking III
  • Fundamentals of Network Security
  • Virtual Machines
  • Windows Exchange Server
Term 4 — Spring
  • Experiential Learning
  • Internship
  • Project Management
  • SQL Database
Electives *
  • Advanced Network Technology
  • Certification Preparation
  • Certification Preparation
  • Special Topics
  • Visual Basic

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

You have completed the Network Administration and Engineering Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program. Check out the Computers and Technology continuing education courses to keep up to date in your profession.

Careers

Positions

Our graduates can be employed in many careers, including:

  • Network administrator
  • Network technician
  • LAN/WAN engineer
  • LAN/WAN administrator
  • Help desk technician

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Computer Network Support Specialists $42,700 $59,300 $67,600
Computer User Support Specialists $34,100 $50,500 $58,700

Source: 2021 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Industry Growth

State, National, and Regional indicators for related careers for this program show large growth in opportunities of 6–32% with steadily increasing median annual wages of $47K statewide to $52K – $65K nationally.

Supply indicators show a large shortage of trained workers for IT positions.

Sources: Economic Development and Employer Planning System and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employers

The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
ACES Cedar Falls, IA
BerganKDV Waterloo, IA
CBE Group Cedar Falls, IA
CDW Minneapolis, MN
Cedar Falls Utilities Cedar Falls, IA
John Deere Waterloo, IA
EO Johnson Business Technologies Cedar Falls, IA
The VGM Group Waterloo, IA

Admissions Requirements

Step #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Apply for admission at Hawkeye.

  2. Send official transcripts to Admissions.

Step #2: Demonstrate College Readiness

In order to be eligible for the Network Administration and Engineering, all students must meet minimum score requirements and/or complete required success courses. Success course credits do not apply towards graduation or the AAS degree.

In order to be eligible for the Network Administration and Engineering program, all students must meet minimum score requirements and/or successfully complete the required college success courses in English, reading, and math with a C- grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with your program advisor.

Minimum score requirements
ACCUPLACER COMPASS ACT ACCUPLACER Next Generation GPA
Math 63 Arithmetic 39 Pre-Algebra 16 255 Arithmetic
246 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
2.50
Reading 58 69 16 239 2.50
Writing 64 Sentence Skills 41 16 240 2.50

Step #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants successfully demonstrating college readiness criteria are eligible for acceptance.

Applicants falling short of successful demonstration of college readiness criteria will be accepted to a Pre-Program. As a pre-program student, you will begin with general education and prerequisite classes. An advisor will help you create an academic plan to meet your program admission requirements. Once you have completed your pre-program coursework contact Admissions.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Contact Us

Admissions Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor Danielle Jennings Email Danielle Jennings
Schedule an appointment with Danielle Jennings
319-296-4014 ext.1079 Black Hawk Hall 201
Program Advisor Todd Bengen Email Todd Bengen 319-296-2329 ext.1124 Black Hawk Hall 114
Program Advisor Chad Dean Email Chad Dean 319-296-2329 ext.1707 Black Hawk Hall 106
Administrative Assistant Cindi Clark Email Cindi Clark 319-296-4021 Black Hawk Hall 101
Dean Robin Galloway Email Robin Galloway 319-296-4292 Tama Hall 110A

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