Network Technology

A degree in Network Technology prepares students for a career in a dynamic and high-demand industry. Through hands-on training, students develop skills to build, install, maintain and repair computers and the computer networks to which they are attached.

Program options

Network Technology offers an associate of applied science degree option. High school seniors and juniors are also eligible to apply to this program.

The associate of applied science degree, with a major in Network Technology, is a two-year program that contains technical and general education courses. Graduates will develop the professional knowledge and skills needed to establish, maintain, manage and secure computer networks and provide computer user support. In addition, graduates are prepared to take CompTIA, Linux Professional Institute, Microsoft, and Cisco certification exams. These skills and certifications will prepare them for immediate employment in the field of computer or IT network support and administration.

Network technicians may work within an organization or for a computer support company, and usually maintain offices but are rarely confined to them. As networks expand, more work, including technical support, can be done from remote locations. As the availability of virtually all aspects of a business become digital, network technicians are also increasingly planning, coordinating, and implementing network security. Hardware and software vendors, telephone companies, state and federal governments, and colleges and universities are among the top employers.

Career opportunities include:

  • Network technicians
  • Help desk support
  • Computer support specialists
  • Systems administrators
  • Network administrators
  • Network engineers

Adam Starr

Adam Starr

Adam received his Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology degree from FHTC in 1994. That same year, he began his career at FHTC as technical support for the college’s computers and networks and teaching classes for the Electronics Technology program. In 1998, Adam became a full-time instructor and FHTC’s Network Engineer. Since then, he has continued to stay current in the industry with numerous certifications and licensures including Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+, March 2000; CompTIA Network+, March 2001; Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Level 1 Certification, March 2002; Certified Novell Administrator, March 2000; Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Radiotelephone Operator License, Feb 1992; Kansas State Board of Education – Certification in Electronics, Fall 1994.

Kyle Sumpter

Kyle received his Associate of Applied Science in Network Technology degree from FHTC in 2011. In 2012, he began his career at FHTC in the IT department and oversaw the installation of the network infrastructure in the college’s downtown campus. Kyle became a Network Technology instructor in 2014 and a full-time faculty member in 2015.

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