This certificate is designed to provide students with hands-on experience and knowledge in foundational networking technologies that could lead to several entry-level job opportunities. It focuses on basic routing and switching technologies, as well as computer hardware and operating systems.
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This is a job-ready certificate designed to help any student acquire an entry-level, help desk position within one semester. It is aligned to the highly sought after A+ certification and introduces students to computer networks.
This certificate is stackable with the Network Administrator and Cisco Networking Specialist associate degrees.
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LAN Technician, Network Technician, Help Desk Technician, Bench Technician
if Full Time
21 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2022-23
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
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Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
Paul Experiences Life-Changing Opportunity through WEI Program
Illinois Central College changes lives every day. Paul, who recently experienced a life-changing event through the Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) LAN Technician program, is a great testament to this. Throughout this program, Paul has experienced hands-on training in entry-level technologies focusing on core routing and switching, computer hardware, and operating systems. He has learned how to install, configure, operate, repair,…
ICC Class of 2010 (CISCO Certified Network Associate and CISCO Certified Network Professional) Also attended Illinois State University, where I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction Professor at Illinois Central College Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job. After completing my bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in Information Technology, I…
If your goal is to start a new career in the IT industry, the LAN Technician certificate is a great first step.Kevin Wells, Professor, Cisco/Skills USA
How Do I Get Into the LAN Technician Program?
Get your start in computer networking with training as a LAN Technician. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
- Coding, math, and science classes are beneficial for a career in computer networking.
- Up to four of the courses in this program are available as dual-credit at Pekin Community High School, Richwoods High School, and Metamora High School.
What Can I Expect as a LAN Technician Student?
- Experienced faculty with industry certifications.
- Complete the program in one semester and be ready for an entry-level career in computer networking.
- Graduates have gone on to work at TekSystems, Timbuk Tech, ATS, Pearl Technologies, Facet Technologies, OSF Healthcare, UnityPoint Health
- Graduates have transferred to four-year colleges including Illinois State University, Western Governors University, Bradley University, the University of Illinois, and Eastern Illinois University.
Workforce Equity Initiative
This initiative focuses on developing our area’s workforce by providing participants with a credential and a living wage. It addresses high demand-careers and targets low-income individuals, those living in high crime and high poverty areas, unemployed individuals and minorities.
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Tuition and books are paid by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. You may also qualify for additional support services.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.
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