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Computer Networking Technology

Associate's Degree

Businesses need skilled computer technicians to keep their companies running smoothly. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the IT industry is growing at a faster rate than the average for all occupations. Employment of computer support specialists is projected to grow 11 percent between now and 2026.1

What Is Computer Networking?

Computer networking allows computers and servers to connect and share programs, data and information. Keeping these networks working properly and protected from hackers and computer viruses is essential for businesses to function.

Is an Associate’s Degree in Computer Networking Technology Right for You?

Brightwood College’s Computer Networking Technology degree program can help you develop the IT skills for network administration and computer systems support jobs, all while applying what you learn in hands-on labs and simulations. You could complete your computer networking training in as little as 18 months.

Students must have successfully completed the Network Support Technician diploma program from the same campus, or transfer into the program with the equivalent approved content from an approved Network Support Technician diploma program to receive block transfer credit.

Why the Computer Networking Tech Program?

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Laddered Curriculum

After receiving a network support technician diploma/certificate, students could complete the associate’s degree program in as little as 18 months.

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Refurbished Labs

We offer dedicated and modular labs for exploring break-fix and independent network configuration and operation.

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Industry Certifications

Our graduates are prepared to take optional industry certification exams (CompTIA, Microsoft MCSA, Cisco CCNA)

Career-Focused Computer Networking Training

Our computer networking courses are designed to help you achieve the technical skills needed for jobs in IT. We take an active approach to learning that includes group discussions, hands-on training and practice with troubleshooting.

Cory, Networking Graduate

Technology has always interested me, as well as taking things apart and putting them back together.

Cory, Graduate

Computer Networking Job Opportunities

Training in computer networking technology can lead to exciting career opportunities. Once you have completed the program, you may pursue a variety of positions in network support:

  • Network operations analyst
  • Network systems support
  • Network specialist
  • Network technician
  • Network systems and data communications analyst

Computer networking and IT jobs can be found in a wide range of settings, such as:

  • Professional and technical services industries
  • Computer systems design companies
  • Administrative and support services companies
  • Financial, insurance or educational institutions
  • Government agencies
  • Software publishing companies
  • Telecommunications organizations

At Brightwood College, we support you during your computer networking technology program and in the job search process. Our Career Development department is dedicated to helping you pursue the job you want, and will review your resume, prepare you for interviews and identify job opportunities.

Brightwood College’s computer networking technology program is career-focused. We emphasize learning by doing in real-world scenarios. Students progress through learning in our distinctive mix of classroom presentations, in-class labs, cloud-based virtualizations and rich multi-media content.

Learn the Foundations

  • Understand the basics of WLANs
  • Use web development tools
  • Script in HTML
  • Perform simple programming design
  • Provide increased network security

Practice the Skills

  • Install and maintain computer networks
  • Troubleshoot hardware and software problems
  • Manage databases and create database filters, forms and reports
  • Support day-to-day computer operations

Optional Computer Technician Certification

Getting certified can highlight your skills and enhance your credentials for computer technician support jobs. Our network and systems administration curriculum is aligned with optional professional certifications, like those offered by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

Types of Computer Certifications

CompTIA A+ proves that you can install, maintain and customize personal computers, and manage incidents.

CompTIA Network+ shows that you can configure, manage and troubleshoot wired networks, and wireless systems, too.

MSCA or Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate is for people seeking entry level jobs, and a building block for more specialized certifications.

CCNA or Cisco Certified Network Associate is an associate level certification, and a building block for more specialized certifications.

CompTIA Security+ validates computer security knowledge and skills across vendors, including risk management.

See your program director for more information about optional professional certification exams.

Computer Networking Salaries

Businesses need skilled, talented networking technicians to keep their companies running smoothly. To research potential IT salaries for computer support specialists, network technicians and related jobs, visit Experience, education, location and specific job duties will impact computer networking pay scales.

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Visit our blog to keep reading about why you should train for a computer networking job.

Wondering How to Pay for College?

The right combination of financial aid programs could help you manage the costs involved in obtaining your network support technician diploma/certificate. Determine the types of financial aid available, how to apply for aid and what you can do to make school more affordable.

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1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer Support Specialists, (accessed April 2018). Expected national growth rate through the year 2026. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

This program in Maryland is an occupational degree program.

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