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Network Systems Administration Certificate Programs in Chicago

Dec 18, 2018

The Chicago area has several schools that offer network systems administration certificates. To narrow down the choices and find out which one is right for you, learn about the program options and requirements at three colleges located within 15 miles of downtown.

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Chicago Network Systems Administration Schools

In Chicago, there's no lack of school options for those interested in building their knowledge and skills in network systems administration. To get an idea of what a certificate program in this field entails, read an overview of the coursework and focus areas at three colleges that are less than half an hour from the city's center. Also included in this article is a table of statistics on the featured schools and some info on a couple of other area institutions.

  • The largest school on the list, Triton College offers a network management certificate program at state-of-the-art facilities on a 100-acre campus in River Grove, Illinois. The school is roughly 15 miles from downtown Chicago.
  • Richard J. Daley College, part of the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), has two certificate choices for students: a basic and an advanced certificate in networking systems and technology. The campus is situated on the southwest side of Chicago about 14 miles from downtown.
  • Located around 11 miles from central Chicago, Morton College is the second oldest community college in Illinois and helps students learn the basic technical skills for career entry. It offers a certificate program in network systems administration.

Comparison of Schools

There are many factors to consider when deciding where to study network systems administration; along with finding the right program, issues like tuition costs, setting and the number of students on campus can make an impact on your choice. Get stats and facts about the profiled colleges in the table below.

Triton College Richard J. Daley College Morton College
School Type Two-year; public Two-year; public Two-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 10,672 7,182 4,387
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $4,020 in-district, $9,726 in-state, $12,076 out-of-state $3,506 in district, $8,126 in-state, $11,906 out-of-state $4,116 in-district, $8,212 in-state, $10,260 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)* 61% 66% 68%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017)* 63% for full-time students 65% for full-time students 75% for full-time students
Graduation Rate (students who began in 2014)* 18% 26% 24%

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Triton College

Triton College offers a certificate program in network management through its Division of Career Education. Students who have a background in basic computer science learn in advanced facilities and enjoy flexible scheduling options.

Network Management Certificate

The 18-credit program begins with required core courses in LAN administration, Linux and data communications. Individuals also take courses in database administration and network security. This program also prepares students for a number of industry certifications, such as CISCO Certified Entry Networking Technician.

Richard J. Daley College

After humble beginnings in high school classrooms, prefabricated building and trailers, Richard J. Daley College, named after Chicago's 6-term mayor, continues a tradition of providing opportunities for students planning to enter the workforce or continue their education. Its current campus opened in 1981 and features a library, labs, a cafeteria, gymnasiums and a pool. Students interested in earning certificates in network systems administration will find two options at Richard J. Daley College, both offered by the Computer Information Systems and Networking Technology Department.

Basic Certificate in Networking Systems and Technology

This 18-credit program starts with 12 credits of computer information systems courses that provide an introduction to computer information management, problem solving and operating systems. Students then take two internetworking courses that delve into topics like network routing and switching.

Advanced Certificate in Networking Systems and Technology

Although the advanced certificate has the same classes as the basic program, this certificate program is completed after 30 credits. Students take two additional internetworking classes and a course on network servers.

Morton College

Morton College is tied to Chicago's technological past; the college's Hawthorne Museum tells the story of the thousands of employees of Western Electric who supplied the U.S. with telephones and other high-tech 20th century gadgets. The college has science labs, a tutoring center and a new library with wireless access and a cyber cafe.

Network Systems Administrator Certificate

In this 32-credit, two-semester program, students receive an introduction to operating systems, networking, network configuration and installation. They are trained to service personal computers. In the second semester, they learn how to manage network systems, understand servers and use diagnostic tools. Students also take a more in-depth look at configuration and installation. This program provides graduates with the knowledge and technical skills to administer a Microsoft Windows network.

Other Schools

Certificate courses are also available at Chicago ORT Technical Institute and Oakton Community College, both of which are located about 13 miles from downtown Chicago.

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