Computer Network Management & Technology
The demand for computer and information technology (IT) workers is high and should continue to grow as firms invest in newer, faster technologies and mobile networks and place greater emphasis on cloud computing, information security, and the collection and storage of big data. Computer Support Specialists provide help and advice to people and organizations using computer software or equipment. Computer Network Support Specialists support other IT employees within their organization, while Computer User Support Specialists assist non-IT users who are having computer problems.
MCC’s Computer Network Management & Technology Programs
The Computer Network Management & Technology program at MCC is designed to provide the technical training necessary to install and maintain a computer networking environment, as well as the interpersonal skills to “interface” with people of all computer skill levels within a company or organization. A high degree of hands-on experience is provided in a networking lab dedicated specifically to this program. Job skills include router and switch configuration, VLAN management, VMWare, hardware installation and repair, server installation and maintenance, installing and updating various operating systems, mobile application development, and network security. MCC classes also include Cisco 1, 2, 3 and 4; Workstations; Hardware Basics; Unix, Server and Windows Infrastructure; and Desktop Application support (course information flier). Graduates of this program find jobs in a variety of technology-centered careers, including computer technicians and network administrators.
Marshalltown Community College offers three options, depending on your career goals:
- An 11-month Diploma program for those seeking an entry-level computer network management position or new/updated skills to prepare for Microsoft and Cisco certifications.
- A two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree for those who want to go directly into the workforce after graduation
- A two-year Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree for those who want to transfer their MCC credits and complete a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree at a university.
The links under Degrees Awarded (at the bottom of this page) specify our different program course requirements.
The MCC Advantages
- Networking Lab – MCC’s Computer Network Management & Technology program provides technical training in a state-of-the-art networking lab where students work on the latest technologies.
- Industry Certifications – MCC students are encouraged to take the Microsoft and Cisco industry standard certification exams. These certifications confirm a graduate’s job skill levels and are highly respected by potential employers.
- Information Technology Club – Students are encouraged to participate in MCC’s Information Technology Club, which meets regularly to provide opportunities to discuss various technology issues outside the classroom. In addition to their own education, club members strive to educate the masses on the use of technology. The IT Club plans field trips, guest lectures and special events during the academic year, including an MCC Gaming Tournament featuring HALO 5.
- Scholarships & Financial Aid – Marshalltown Community College offers a generous combination of scholarships and financial aid packages, putting a college education within the reach of many students. Check the Scholarship web page or visit with an Academic Advising Specialist in the MCC Admissions Office for more information.
Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa
MCC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable MCC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at MCC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the MCC Admissions Office for more information!
Computer Networking Careers & Job Outlook
The current median annual wage for computer and IT occupations was $86,320 in May 2018. In the Midwest, graduates can expect to start in the $30,000-$40,000 range and move up to the $50,000-$60,000 range after a couple years of experience. In general, employment of those in computer and IT occupations is projected to grow 12 percent through 2028, faster than the average for all other occupations.
Follow these links to find additional up-to-date information on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook web pages:
- Computer Support Specialists
- Network & Computer Systems Administrators
- Computer Programmers
- Database Administrators
- Computer Systems Analysts
- Software Developers
- Web Developers
- Information Security Analysts
- Computer & Information Research Scientists