Moraine Valley additionally offers four supplemental certificate programs that include, Computer Support Associate, Computer Technician, LAN Technician, and Network Administrator.

What Can I Do With An A.A.S. In Computer and Local Area Network Technician?

This program prepares students for entry-level positions as a data communications specialist in the information technology profession. Common career titles include PC support technician, LAN specialist, help desk support specialist, LAN system administrator, LAN design specialist, LAN engineer, and many others. The program prepares students for rewarding careers at the forefront of the information technological revolution. Students will examine the installation, maintenance, repair, and management of desktop PCs and local area networks. Students receive hands-on training in network operating systems, user administration, network security, and LAN switching and bridging design. The program also helps students prepare for A+, N+, CCENT, Security Plus, and CCNA certification. Graduates of this program possess a wide range of product knowledge as well as hands-on experience in hardware and software installation and support.

Job Outlook

Employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for information technology (IT) workers is high and should continue to grow as firms invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks. Growth also is expected as the use of IT in healthcare increases. However, an increase in cloud computing could raise the productivity of network administrators, slowing their growth across many industries.

Employment of network administrators in the computer systems design and related services industry is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026. The increasing adoption of cloud services by small and medium-sized businesses that do not have their own dedicated IT departments could increase the demand for network and computer systems administrators within this industry.

Job opportunities should be favorable. Prospects should be best for applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in computer network and systems administration or computer science and who are up to date on the latest technology, especially cloud computing.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Computer Support Associate Certificate

This program prepares students to work in career fields of computer support, maintenance and repair. Students will receive training in computer hardware, software and support. Students will learn about computer hardware components, system operating systems and application software. Jobs in computer maintenance can be found in such career fields as PC support technician, computer help desk, and computer configuration specialist.

Computer Technician Certificate

This program prepares students for entry-level positions in PC installation, maintenance and repair professions. Common career titles include PC support technician, hardware specialist, help desk support specialist, hardware configuration technician, and many others. Students will examine PC software, including operating systems, office applications, network management, and desktop utilities. Courses also introduce a variety of current hardware technology, including CPU features and functions, system architecture, storage technology, backup devices, multimedia devices, and data communication equipment. This program also prepares students for the CompTIA A+ and N+ certifications.

LAN Technician Certificate

This program prepares students for entry-level positions as a data communication specialist in the information technology profession. Common career titles include LAN specialist, LAN system administrator, LAN design specialist, LAN engineer, and many others. The LAN Technician certificate prepares students for rewarding careers at the forefront of the information technological revolution. Students will examine the installation, maintenance, repair, and design of local area networks. Students receive hands-on training in network operating systems, user administration, network security, and LAN switching and bridging design. This program also helps students prepare for N+, CCENT, Security Plus, and CCNA certification. Graduates of this program possess a wide range of product knowledge as well as hands-on experience in hardware and software installation and support.

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name: LAN Technician - Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 8 months.

This program will cost $5,300 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A* of debt.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Illinois

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Network Administrator Certificate

The program is designed to address the need for IT professionals with a comprehensive understanding of multiple operating systems in a mix of vendor environments. The program provides a multi-product approach to system administration. The courses introduce Microsoft, UNIX, Cisco, and Netware products in an interoperable environment.

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name: Network Administrator - Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 8 months.

This program will cost $6,630 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A* of debt.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Illinois

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Computer and Local Area Network TechnicianA.A.S.1416Computer Integrated Technologies
Computer Support AssociateCertificate1348Computer Integrated Technologies
Computer TechnicianCertificate1418Computer Integrated Technologies
LAN TechnicianCertificate1419Computer Integrated Technologies
Network AdministratorCertificate1422Computer Integrated Technologies

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