Network Systems Administration
The mission of the Network Systems Administration program at Withlacoochee Technical College is to provide the students with the instruction, training, atmosphere, and facilities needed to become employed as competent IT technicians and related occupations. Each student’s ability and effort will determine his/her individual success in this program.
The Network Systems Administration (NSA) program is a challenging entry level program designed to start the student in the information technology (IT) industry as a networking assistant or network support technician. Additional post-secondary education or training will be needed to attain higher level positions. While intended to prepare the student for entry level positions, the NSA course is an advanced course in the IT field. It is helpful to have a solid background knowledge of computer systems, operating systems, configuring systems, troubleshooting techniques, and the principles of security and minor networking capabilities. If the student has little or no experience with computers, it is possible to fast track the CompTIA A+ basic curriculum which will provide the student with basic computer knowledge. However, this approach will require the student to be extremely productive at all times in order to complete the networking course.
The classroom and lab instruction addresses configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting network systems. This program provides the student the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed to enter this career field. Additional topics covered include identifying user needs, installing network hardware and software, problem solving skills, communication skills and customer service. Preparation for industry recognized certifications are part of the program.
The State of Florida requires students to meet a basic skills requirement prior to program completion. The basic skills grade levels for this program are:
Mathematics 9.0, Language 9.0 and Reading 9.0.
Completion time depends on the progress of the individual. The typical length of this program for the average achieving student is 1050 hours.
- Information Technology Assistant
- Computer Support Assistant
- Network Support Technician
- Systems Administrator
- Systems Engineer
- Wireless Network Administrator
- Data Communications Analyst
Local employers have verified that the range of wages that can be reasonably expected by students who enter this field upon completion of the program are from $31,000 annually to $66,300 annually (Based on year-round, full-time employment)
A student must have passed all required courses in the program, attend at least ninety percent (90%) of the class hours offered and satisfied all financial obligations before he or she is eligible to receive a certificate of completion for the program.