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Overview

Computer networking technicians with the right skills, training and certifications may be employed in a variety of industries, including schools, universities and colleges, insurance carriers, local governments, computer systems design and services and many other industries.(1,2) Learn more about the Microsoft Imagine Academy and CompTIA curriculum offered in our computer networking degree program.

(1)Employment is not guaranteed for students or graduates.
(2)http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-support-specialists.htm. BLS statistics represent national job growth expectations and are not necessarily reflective of local market conditions.

Microsoft Certifications

Thanks to Remington College’s status as a Microsoft IT Academy member, our Computer and Network Administration program can do double duty for students.

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  1. Students can obtain a career-focused associate degree in Computer and Network Administration.(1)
  2. As they complete courses toward their degree, students can also be eligible to earn up to five Microsoft certifications and two CompTIA A+ certifications.

How to Earn Microsoft and CompTIA Certifications:

As a student at Remington College, your first attempt to obtain a certification is on us! To qualify, you must be an active student in a program that supports certifications, and you are required to pass the course to obtain the supported certification voucher.

 

It’s important to note, however, that only one voucher at a time is issued to you as a student, and if you let a voucher go unredeemed, you won’t receive another. Similarly, if you fail the certification test, you won’t receive another complimentary voucher for that particular test.

 

Microsoft and CompTIA certification test vouchers must be requested within 30 days after you complete the appropriate course. (This doesn’t apply to dropped students.)

Why Microsoft and CompTIA Certifications Matter:

These exams indicate that you possess the in-depth knowledge, skills, and hands-on computer technician and network administrator experience that can make you an effective employee in IT departments, especially those that use Microsoft technologies.

 

These certifications can serve as indicators of your technical know-how to possible employers, potentially offering you a competitive advantage in a job search.(1)

 

(1) Employment is not guaranteed for students or graduates.

 

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Job Outlook

Our associate degree program in Computer and Network Administration focuses on computer networking and support, network security practices, computer architecture, networking principles, and desktop and server operating systems and applications.(1)

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What are some possible career options for Computer and Network Administration graduates?

Our degree program gives you a chance to earn up to five Microsoft certifications and two additional CompTIA certifications as you work through our program.(1)

What’s the career outlook in the Computer and Network Administration field?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that jobs for computer support specialists will likely grow by 12 percent from 2014 to 2024. Applicants with a strong technical background should have the best job opportunities.(1,2)

An associate degree or post-secondary classes may be needed for some jobs in this field. Some new hires may also enter a company-specific training program that lasts for several months before they begin their regular duties.(1,2)

What skills and training can help you prepare for a career in Computer and Network Administration?

Good listening, problem-solving, and communication skills can help you in this field, along with solid knowledge about how to install, configure, maintain, and support local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), Internet systems, and wireless configurations that use a variety of network operating systems.(2)

 

Certifications may also help you stand out when you’re looking to begin your career in this field, especially in standard industry products like Microsoft and CompTIA.(1)

 

(1)Employment is not guaranteed for students or graduates. Additional requirements for licensure and/or certification may apply.
(2)http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-support-specialists.htm. BLS statistics represent national job growth expectations and are not necessarily reflective of local market conditions.

 

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Microsoft Imagine Academy

Direct access to Microsoft-supplied resources

CAMPUSES THAT OFFER THIS PROGRAM

Career Possibilities(1)

COMPUTER SUPPORT SPECIALIST

Associate Degree in Computer and Network Administration

TECHNICAL SUPPORT SPECIALIST

Remington College - Computer Networking Associate Degree

HELP-DESK TECHNICIAN

(1) Employment not guaranteed for students or graduates.

CURRICULUM

COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES

  • Career Development
  • Network Security
  • Network Essentials
  • Computer Support
  • Client Operating Systems
  • Network Scripting
  • Network Implementation and Support
  • Computer Architecture/Software
  • Computer Architecture/Hardware
  • Routers and Switches

CERTIFICATION EXAMS

CompTIA is a leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications; they validate the technical knowledge and hands-on practice necessary for entry-level IT roles.

Remington College students may be eligible to test for these CompTIA A+ certifications when their Computer Architecture courses are completed:

  • CompTIA A+ 220-901: Essentials
  • CompTIA A+ 220-902: Practical Application

This certification covers technical skills in Windows 7 system settings like networking and security. It demonstrates your ability to administer and configure Windows 7 in home and business environments.

  • Certification granted: Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS): Windows 7 Configuration
  • Counts as credit toward: Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Enterprise Administrator, MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7, MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7
  • Linked to Remington College course: CN1176: Computer Support

This certification covers troubleshooting for Windows 7 in enterprise environments, representing wide-ranging technical skills including identifying and assessing issues in networking, work groups, software, and more.

  • Counts as credit toward: MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7
  • Linked to Remington College course: CN1260: Client Operating Systems

This certification indicates skill and practice in working with the Active Directory in Windows Server 2008, which is used to manage the identities and relationships that make up a network. It covers an array of technical skill sets like planning and using group policies and administrative security.

  • Certification granted: MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
  • Counts as credit toward: MCITP: Enterprise Administrator, MCITP: Server Administrator
  • Linked to Remington College course: CN1276: Network Implementation and Support I

This certification also indicates technical expertise in creating and implementing Microsoft Windows Server 2008 networks, from their initial configuration through ongoing maintenance.

  • Certification granted: MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Counts as credit toward: MCITP: Enterprise Administrator, MCITP: Server Administrator
  • Linked to Remington College course: CN2140: Network Implementation and Support II

This certification indicates effective knowledge of network administration using Windows Server 2008, from planning server deployments and network infrastructure, to using virtualization, to controlling network security, access, and backups.

  • Counts as credit toward: MCITP: Server Administrator
  • Linked to Remington College course: CN2176: Network Implementation and Support I

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