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 apply, manage and maintain computer networks and are prepared to take several industry-recognized certification exams.
Network Technology offers an associate of applied science degree option.
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:
I was a teacher’s aide while I was a student here at FHTC, and it gave me a taste of teaching and how it influenced the students. When given the opportunity to become a full-time instructor, I was drawn to the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. During my 20+ years at FHTC, I have provided computer technical support and network engineering, in addition to teaching in the Network Technology program.
In our program, we strive to be as hands-on as possible. Our approach to education is, “Talk about it, then DO it.” The lab and lecture are all in one course, unlike in most colleges. The same teacher that lectures to you is also there to aid you in the lab. Our class sizes are small enough that you will get to know your teacher and he will know you.
Due to the complex and ever-changing nature of computing technology, a career in computer network support should never be dull or monotonous. There will always be new challenges to face and new technologies to support. A good technician is always learning, which keeps the mind stimulated and interested.
Our students have found successful employment in the field of computer and network support with a wide variety of companies, including Sprint, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Stutler Technologies, Birch Telecom, Newman Regional Health and Emporia State University.
Flint Hills Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of sex including pregnant and parenting students, sexual orientation, handicap, race, color, age, religion, marital status, or national or ethnic origin in educational programs, admissions policies, employment policies, financial aid or other College-administered programs. For questions or concerns regarding non-discrimination contact the Director of Human Resources at 620.343.4600.