The Networking Services Technology program is for individuals interested in beginning or advancing a career in computer/network support. Computer and network support work involves installing, configuring, repairing, and managing computer and network hardware and software. It requires both hands-on skills and knowledge of theory and concepts. Because network technology is constantly changing and evolving, learning in this field never ends. The emphasis of the program is on teaching students a broad base of skills and knowledge in network and systems administration while also allowing the flexibility for students to pursue individual interests and specialties. With the ever-changing demands of the technology job market, this broad background and flexibility increases career opportunities available to graduates.
There are five options within this program:
Students may choose to pursue an A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificate programs to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.
Information Technology Management (Systems Administrator)
As a systems or network administrator, you are responsible for installing, configuring, and administering workstations and network operating systems and services. This program begins by teaching you the basic skills and knowledge needed to work as an entry-level computer technician or desktop support specialist. You then learn to administer network systems and services preparing you for work as an entry-level systems or network administrator.
All courses in this technical certificate are also included in the Networking Services Technology (Network Support) (2156) (A.S.) degree. You have the option of applying all of the coursework completed in this program toward an associate’s degree.
Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement
Florida State College is the regional resource for employers in every type of technology. Our partnerships with Cisco Systems, Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Sun Microsystems provide career connections. We offer an intranet site posting jobs targeting Florida State College students. Our graduates are regularly employed by CSX, JEA, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the city of Jacksonville, Medtronic, Mayo Clinic and other regional employers, including the government and military.
Computer support specialists are among the fastest growing occupations over the 2002-12 period. Starting salaries for Jacksonville average $45,000–65,000, the Florida average is $56,220 and the national average is $61,470.
Certification and Licensing
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to pursue industry-recognized certifications such as CompTIA’s A+ Microcomputer Technician certification, Microsoft’s Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certification, and various Linux certifications.
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