Madison Area Technical College
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Madison Area Technical College has been serving south-central Wisconsin since 1912. Qualified students can transfer to the University of Madison-Wisconsin after two years of academic study in general education. Most students at Madison Area Technical College take courses on a part-time basis and about half receive some form of financial aid.
The Information Technology Department houses the computer networking programs at Madison Area Technical College. Students have access to computer labs and student organizations, including the Association of Information Technology Professionals. The department offers two information technology scholarships. The Information Technology Department also has a career and employment center to help students find jobs and internships upon graduation.
Computer Networking Programs
Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology, Network Specialist
This 2-year degree program trains students to build, maintain, administer and upgrade data and voice networks. Students learn the basics of local area networks and wide area networks and receive hands-on training in network software and hardware configuration. Essential skills taught in this program include managing network operating systems, ensuring network security and resolving network problems. Graduates are prepared to take the exams for computer networking certifications, such as the Cisco Certified Networking Associate, CompTIA A+ and the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist.
This degree program prepares students for careers as computer network technicians, computer network specialists, assistant LAN managers or assistant computer network administrators. Courses can include security awareness, computer hardware, job search methods, networking and service concepts. Students are required to complete an internship in the second semester of their final year.
Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology, Network Security Specialist
In this 2-year program, students learn the basics of computer networking - installation, maintenance and troubleshooting - and then move on to specialize in computer network security issues, such as intrusion detection. Students learn to assess network threats and provide countermeasures to defend the network. The program prepares students to protect computer networks using network firewalls, operating systems, packet filters, host intrusion detection systems and virtual private networks.
Graduates are prepared for two Cisco Certified Security Professional exams. Graduates may find employment as computer network security specialists or cyber-security professionals. Students can expect to take courses such as Linux servers, network defense, computer forensics, technical reports and intrusion detection.