The Networking Certificate provides students a working knowledge of the principles, techniques, and skills required to set up and maintain a networking environment. Students who complete the certificate are prepared for employment as a network technician or network administrator.
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Students have access to real-world, hands-on labs using physical enterprise-level equipment and extensive tools designed to help them reinforce complex concepts and configurations through simulation, visualization, and collaboration capabilities outside of the classroom. The program is career-focused and certification-aligned, aimed at helping students prepare for networking opportunities.
This program can lead to achieving highly sought-after certifications in various technologies. These would be an impressive addition to any resume, which can open the door to an opportunity-rich future in information technology.
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Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Network Architect, LAN Technician, Network Technician, Help Desk Technician, Bench Technician, Security Analyst, Network Analyst, Technical Support Engineer
if Full Time
37 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
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Based on 2023-24
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.
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How Do I Get Into the Networking Program?
Computer networks are a part of our everyday life, providing many opportunities for a rewarding career. 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 700 scholarships.
- Coding, math, and science classes are beneficial for a career in computer networking.
- Up to six courses included 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 Networking Student?
- Students will put their multi-tasking, problem solving, and analytical skills to practice in every course.
- Graduates will earn a Networking Certificate which is stackable with the Network Administrator Associate in Applied Science degree.
- Students find employment at many local companies including Caterpillar, State Farm, RLI, ATS, Pearl Technologies, Pekin Insurance, OSF Healthcare, UnityPoint Health, and Country Financial.
- Graduates have transferred to four-year colleges including Illinois State University, Western Governors University, Bradley University, the University of Illinois, and Eastern Illinois University.
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.