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Computer Networking & Information Technology

Have computers and technology always intrigued you?  Are you looking to transform your interest into a rewarding career?  SWCC's Computer Networking & Information Technology (CNIT) program will take your technological abilities and assist you in becoming a complete all-around network guru.  From databases, to PC repair, to infrastructure management, to forensics and regulatory compliance, students in SWCC's ITSN program are afforded unique and rewarding hands-on opportunities.  Throughout the program, students are trained to install, configure, manage, and maintain network operating systems by an instructor with “real world experience.”  

Students also receive opportunities to excel outside of the classroom, such as competitions with students from other colleges and testing to receive certifications in the field.  Graduates of SWCC's ITSN program are prepared to take the CompTia A+ Helpdesk Exams and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Certification Exams.

NOTE: This program is located on the Creston campus.

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AAS Associate of Applied Science Degree 

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is a specialized degree that can be used for immediate entry into the workplace.  Emphasis is placed on competence of applying basic principles, theories, and occupational skills.  These are two-year programs.

A certificate or diploma is a credential showing completion of a select group of courses that focus on job skills preparation in a 9– or 10–month format. These programs may be used toward completion of an AAS degree.

Potential Careers

  • Data communication analyst
  • Network administrator
  • Network engineer
  • Network technician
  • Network specialist
  • Systems administrator

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  • CIS 121 Introduction to Programming Logic
  • CIS 630 Introduction to Powershell
  • CSC 110 Introduction to Computers
  • NET 122 Computer Hardware Basics
  • NET 132 Operating Systems Software Basics
  • BCA 152 Comprehensive Spreadsheets
  • CIS 604 Visual Basic
  • CIS 650 PC Operating Systems
  • NET 212 CISCO Networking
  • NET 333 Implementing Windows Network Infrastructure
  • CIS 171 Java
  • NET 731 Regulatory Compliance
  • BCA 167 Comprehensive Databases
  • CIS 230 Web Infrastructure
  • MAT 156 Statistics
  • NET 500 Network Virtualization
  • NET 612 Fundamentals of Network Security
  • NET 730 Computer Forensics and Investigations
  • CIS 339 Advanced Data Base and SQL
  • GRA 151 Web Design
  • NET 175 Configuring Advanced Windows Server
  • NET 339 Introduction to Active Directory
  • BUS 932 Internship

Click on the course number in the list above to view the course description. This may not be a complete list of courses that may be included for the Computer Networking and Information Technology program. To see all courses in a semester-by-semester plan, view the Computer Networking and Information Technology program course outline.

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Degree requirement advising sheet

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • troubleshoot and repair computer workstations, laptops, and mobile devices.
  • build competent server infrastructures and complete networks for safe network computing and data transfer.
  • exhibit effective oral and written communication skills to work in teams to solve problems.
  • apply critical thinking skills during the problem solving process to address organizational and technical problems.
  • program working databases, mobile applications, and active directory architectures, while allowing access for secure edits and audits.
  • describe the key aspects of social engineering, and how to train end users to avoid security vulnerabilities.
  • explain ethical, legal, and societal implications inherent in information technology including the historical context of modern computing.
  • work collaboratively to share information, resolve conflict and make decisions.
  • prepare a comprehensive plan for implementing a LAN (local area network) in a small business environment.
  • demonstrate skills that meet industry standards and certification requirements in the use of system hardware, operating systems technologies, and application system.
  • design, implement and maintain network infrastructures for businesses benefiting from both local and Internet technologies.


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