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Want a career in IT? 'Watch video then check out what we have to offer in Networking Starting in the Fall of 2013, this program, Computer Information Systems (CIS) with an emphasis in Networking, will be offered either blended, online, or a combination of both.  What does that mean? 

Online classes are classes you take from home, work, or other location where you have access to the internet and a computer.  Blended classes are classes are a combination of classes offered in the classroom where you meet with your instructor and classes that are online.  Blended classes may meet once a week, every other week, or a few times per semester. For more information on online learning and the options available for you, please refer to our e-learning department.

This program, CIS in Networking will now be offered that way: Online or Blended.  However,  this particular program has some additional options now available to you that may or may not be available to you with other degree or certificate programs here at NPC.  For example, if you enroll in one of the online classes for networking and hardware maintenance and you decide later that you need to come to class on campus--You Can! If you enroll in a blended class that has certain meeting times and later decide the online version is better for you--You Can! You only need to talk to your instructor and discuss this and we can do our best to accommodate you. 

Keep in mind though, you will be required to complete the same amount of work each week, each month, or in each course time period regardless of the method of learning you choose but the flexibility will give you an opportunity to figure out which method works best for you. 

What Does This Degree / Certificate Program Teach You?

The networking curriculum prepares students for entry-level employment in Information Technology (IT).  Information Technology involves giving technical support computer systems and networking. Coursework includes courses in computer hardware maintenance, networking and communication basics, Microsoft and Linux networking, and general education including communications, math and social sciences. Students are prepared for career opportunities in design, support and maintenance of complex network infrastructures . All courses listed in the catalog are required, but the sequence of courses taken is based on what is best to succeed, availability, and the necessity for prerequisites.

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Information Systems with an emphasis in Networking

The A.A.S. Program (61 credit hours) is primarily intended for those interested in a hardware maintenance and networking career. Completion of the recommended courses leads to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Information Systems with an emphasis in networking. Consequently, some courses in this program may not transfer to all senior institutions. Students who plan to transfer to a senior institution are strongly advised to correspond with the institution to which they plan to transfer. Completion of the required courses prepares the student for a position as a qualified and autonomous network administrator.

In the Business Division curricula, courses prerequisite to another class require a minimum grade of C in order to advance to the next course. View the course requirements for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in CIS-Networking emphasis.

Networking (Technical Certificate)

Graduates who complete the 31 credit-hour certificate will possess the basic programming skills and will be introduced to computer hardware and networking. Students acquiring the Networking Certificate will be qualified to work as an entry-level network associate with the required background for developing more advanced networking skills.

View the course requirements of Networking Technical Certificate, which consist of the first two semesters of the AAS degree above.

For more information about NPC's Networking Program, contact Robert Feighl at 501-760-4260 or Rodney Ivers at 501-760-4251.

Ready to enroll? Need more information on how to get started? Refer to our Admissions Procedure