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Networking Services Technology (Network Support) (A.S.) (2156)


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The Networking Services Technology program is for individuals interested in beginning or advancing a career in computer/network support. Computer and network support work involves installing, configuring, repairing, and managing computer and network hardware and software. It requires both hands-on skills and knowledge of theory and concepts. Because network technology is constantly changing and evolving, learning in this field never ends. The emphasis of the program is on teaching students a broad base of skills and knowledge in network and systems administration while also allowing the flexibility for students to pursue individual interests and specialties. With the ever-changing demands of the technology job market, this broad background and flexibility increases career opportunities available to graduates.

There are five options within this program:

  • Networking Services Technology (Network Support) A.S. Degree (2156)
    • Information Technology Technician (Desktop Support) Technical Certificate (6945)
    • Information Technology Management (Systems Administrator) Technical Certificate (6946)
    • Computer Forensics Technician Technical Certificate (6947)
    • Advanced Network Support Technician Technical Certificate (6948)

Students may choose to pursue an A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificate programs to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

Networking Services Technology (Network Support)

Associate in Science

The Networking Services Technology (Network Support) program is for individuals interested in beginning or advancing a career in computer/network support. Computer and network support work involves installing, configuring, repairing, and managing computer and network hardware and software. It requires both hands-on skills and knowledge of theory and concepts. Because network technology is constantly changing and evolving, learning in this field never ends. The emphasis of the program is on teaching students a broad base of skills and knowledge in network and systems administration while also allowing the flexibility fro students to pursue individual interests and specialties. With the ever-changing demands of the technology job market, this broad background and flexibility increases career opportunities available to graduates.

The program begins by teaching the basic skills and knowledge required to work as an entry-level Microcomputer Technician or Desktop Support Specialist. Students then learn the skills and knowledge required to administer server, security, voice, or network infrastructure environments. Once finished with the core requirements of the program, students are free to choose their remaining classes from a vast array of technology offerings at FCCJ. Students can select courses from specialty groupings such as systems administration, network security, computer hardware, internetworking, server, Voice over IP (VoIP), Data Forensics, or mix and match to take courses from a variety of technology areas to complement your existing skills.

Internships

A 180-hour internship is a required part of this degree program.

Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement

FCCJ is the regional resource for employers in every type of technology. Our partnerships with Cisco Systems, Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Sun Microsystems provide career connections. An FCCJ intranet site posts jobs targeting our students. Graduates are regularly employed by CSX, JEA, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the City of Jacksonville, Medtronic, Mayo Clinic and other regional employers including the government and military.

Four technical certificates are included as options within this degree program: Information Technology Technician (Desktop Support), Information Technology Management (Systems Administrator), Computer Forensics Technician and Advanced Network Support Technician. Students may choose to pursue this A.A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificate programs to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

Annual Salaries

Starting annual salaries for Jacksonville average $35,000–$40,000, the Florida average is $57,021 and the national average is $58,480.

Certification and Licensing

After completing the program, students can pursue industry-recognized certifications such as CompTIA’s A+ Microcomputer Technician and Network+ Network Technician certifications, Microsoft’s Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certification, Cisco’s Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification, and various Linux certifications.

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Curriculum

Total Credit Hours: 63

General Education


Credit Hours: 15

Mathematics Credit Hours: 3
    *Refer to A.S./A.A.S. degree General Education Requirements 
Humanities Credit Hours: 3
    *Refer to A.S./A.A.S. degree General Education Requirements 
Social and Behavioral Science Credit Hours: 3
    *Refer to A.S./A.A.S. degree General Education Requirements 
Communication Category B Credit Hours: 3
    *Refer to A.S./A.A.S. degree General Education Requirements 

Professional Electives


Minimum Credit Hours: 33

University Transfer


This associate in science degree program is intended primarily for students who desire to complete an associate in science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details refer to the university transfer guide.

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