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2010-2011 Catalog [Aug. 2010-Aug. 2011] [Archived Catalog]

Networking Services Technology (Network Support) (2156) (A.S.)


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The Networking Services Technology program is for individuals interested in beginning or advancing a career in computer/network support. Computer and network support involves installing, configuring, repairing, and managing computer and network hardware and software. It includes 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.

Networking Services Technology (Network Support)

Associate in Science

The Networking Services Technology (Network Support) program is for individuals interested in beginning or advancing a career in computer/network support. Computer and network support involves installing, configuring, repairing, and managing computer and network hardware and software. It includes 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.

The program begins by teaching the basic skills and knowledge required to work as an entry-level Microcomputer Technician or Desktop Support Specialist. Students then learn the skills and knowledge required to administer server, security, voice, or network infrastructure environments. Once finished with the core requirements of the program, students are free to choose their remaining classes from a vast array of technology offerings at Florida State College. Students can select courses from specialty groupings such as systems administration, network security, computer hardware, internetworking, server, Voice over IP (VoIP), Data Forensics, Network Virtualization or mix and match to take courses from a variety of technology areas to complement your existing skills.  Technologies include Cisco CCNA, Cisco CCNP, Cisco Voice over IP, Microsoft, A+, Security+, VMware, EMC, Citrix, and Linux.

Internships

A 180-hour internship is a required part of this degree program.

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. Florida State College’s intranet site posts jobs targeting our students. 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.

Annual Salaries

Starting annual salaries for Jacksonville average $35,000–$40,000, the Florida average is $57,021 and the national average is $58,480.

Certification and Licensing

After completing the program, students can pursue industry-recognized certifications such as CompTIA’s A+ Microcomputer Technician and Network+ Network Technician certifications, Microsoft’s Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certification, Cisco’s Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification, and various Linux certifications.

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Curriculum


Total Credit Hours: 63

General Education (Credit Hours: 15)


*Refer to A.S./A.A.S. General Education Requirements .

*Mathematics Credit Hours: 3
*Humanities Credit Hours: 3
*Social and Behavioral Science Credit Hours: 3
*Communication Category B Credit Hours: 3

Professional Electives (Credit Hours: 31)


Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications


Computer Forensics Technician/Network Security


Information Technology Management (Systems Administration)


Voice Over IP


Graduation Requirements


In order to be awarded the associate in science or associate in applied science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida State College in courses eligible toward the associate in science or applied science degree programs (A.S. Florida State College GPA or A.A.S. Florida State College GPA).
  2. Earned an all–college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on all courses attempted, including transferred credits. (All college cumulative).
  3. Completed at least 25 percent of credit semester hours required for the degree at Florida State College.
  4. Completed a minimum of 60 semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  5. Earned a grade of at least a “C” in each course used to satisfy the A.S./A.A.S. General Education Requirements .
  6. Can demonstrate mastery of the Information Literacy Assessment. Refer to the assessment section  for details.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  1. Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the college term in which the students complete the academic requirements for the degree or certificate for which students are applicants. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective as of the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within five years or they will need to be reassigned to an active catalog. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2010/2011) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2015, or they will automatically be reassigned to the 2014/2015 catalog requirements. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. The General Education Requirements may be taken on any Florida State College campus or center.
  4. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  5. Students who place into college preparatory courses are required to complete designated college preparatory courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.
  6. Students enrolling in associate in applied science programs must pass all sections of the placement test before award of an A.A.S. degree, regardless of the degree program’s general education requirements.
  7. Degree–seeking students whose native language is not English, who fall below a designated cutoff score on the English as a second language (ESL) entry placement test, will be required to take ESL courses with EAP prefix prior to registering for other college credit classes. The level of these courses will be determined by the entry placement scores. Individual exceptions will be determined by the ESL program manager.
  8. Degree–seeking students identified as non–native speakers must take an English as a second language (ESL) placement test prior to taking the College’s standard course placement test. Students who place into ESL, as determined by the test, must complete ESL courses before registering for other college credit classes. Non–degree seeking college credit students who plan to take English or reading courses must also meet these requirements. Exceptions to these requirements can be made by the ESL program manager or designee.

University Transfer


This associate in science degree program is intended primarily for students who desire to complete an associate in science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details refer to the University Transfer Guide.

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