Network and System Administration

Network and System Administration

Maintain Computer Networks

Network and system administration is a fast-paced, challenging field that needs dedicated problem-solvers to maintain the computer networks that keep business moving.

Network and system administrators design, build, integrate, maintain and secure local area networks, design and support server systems and software, and provide end-user support for LAN-based applications.

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Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year. Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Graduates of the network and system administration program will be able to:

  1. Design, build, and troubleshoot an internet capable network, and assemble hardware to integrate operating systems for servers and workstations (deploy, employ, implement).
  2. Apply legal concepts to the information technology industry.
  3. Exhibit accepted ethical standards of the IT Industry.
  4. Formulate a secure network environment.
  5. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills in a variety of IT contexts, to include participating willingly and effectively as part of a team.

All students complete a common course of study for the first three semesters; after that, you can pick from three specialty areas to match your interests:

  • Network Administration
  • System Administration
  • Security/Virtualization

The curriculum was developed from employer input, so you can be sure it will match what the job market is looking for in this growing profession.

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Choose from three specializations as part of the Network and System Administration program.

Network Administration: Students will specialize in LAN and WAN infrastructure including wireless, desktop systems, and protocol suites. 

System Administration: Students will specialize in server hardware and software, directory services, scripting, and storage management.

Security and Visualization: Students will specialize in system firewalls, secure group policy, access control lists, information and management with disaster recover, virtual network design and implementation, and virtual switching and routing.

This program also focuses on communication skills, professionalism, critical thinking and problem solving, teamwork and life-long learning that are essential for success in the workplace and in life.

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