Associate in Science
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.
Five technical certificates are available within this degree program: Information Technology Technician (Desktop Support) (6945) (T.C.) , Information Technology Management (Systems Administrator) (6946) (T.C.) , Computer Forensics Technician (6947) (T.C.) , Advanced Network Support Technician (6948) (T.C.) and Information Technology Management (PC Support/Cyber Technician) (6108) (T.C.) . Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificates 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.
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. Students holding current industry certification (i.e. CCNA, Security+, A+, etc.) may receive college credit for relevant courses.
The mission of the Networking Services Technology (A.S.) degree is to provide a high quality and relevant degree preparing students for distinctive success in the installation, repair, and maintenance of computers and network related systems. This hands-on program is designed to respond to the needs of regional businesses. This program provides computer related technical skills for the I.T. industry.
An internship is a required part of this degree program. Each credit hour in the internship course consists of 30 contact hours of which relates to 25 hours of documented jobsite internship experience.
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.
Certification and Licensing
After completing the program, students can pursue industry-recognized certifications such as CompTIA’s A+, Network+, Security+, Microsoft, Cisco and various Linux/Redhat certifications.
Need More Information? Contact:
Network Engineering Technology Department, Downtown Campus, (904) 598-5676 or email@example.com