Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications is a growing field that will only get bigger as businesses embrace and rely on remote communications and wireless technology. A Networking Technology degree from HCC is a great way to get started in the Networking field.

Degrees and Certificates

Computer Systems Networking - Microsoft Server Administration - AAS

Computer Systems Networking - Cisco Specialization - AAS

Computer Systems Networking - Cyber Security - AAS

Computer Systems Networking - Linux Server Administrator - AAS

Computer Systems Networking - Network and Computer Systems Help Desk - AAS

Computer Systems Networking - Microsoft Server Administration - Certificate level I

Computer Systems Networking - Network and Computer Systems Help Desk - Certificate Level I

Computer Systems Networking - Certified Cisco Network Professional - Certificate Level I

Computer Systems Networking - Network Systems and Cyber Security - Certificate level I

Computer Systems Networking - Linux System Administration Specialization - Certificate - Level I

Computer Systems Networking - Microsoft Server Administration - Certificate Level II

Computer Systems Networking - Network Systems and Cyber Security - Certificate level II

Computer Systems Networking - Linux Administrator - Certificate - Level II

Computer Systems Networking - Network and Computer Systems Help Desk - Certificate Level II

Program Information

General Requirements for Network and Computer Systems Administration

 

Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications is a growing field that will only get bigger as businesses embrace and rely on remote communications and wireless technology. A Networking Technology degree from HCC is a great way to get started in the Networking field.

The Networking program has three tracks to give students the specific knowledge and skills needed for today’s job market:

  • Network and Computer Systems Administration (MCITP)
  • Network Systems and Cyber Security
  • Network Systems and Unified Communication (cisco)
  • Linux Server Administrator

In addition, the Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications offers the PC Support certificate and AAS degree, the UNIX/Linux AAS degree and the UNIX/Linux certificate.

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Install and configure workstations, servers and networked printers;
  • Install and configure internet working devices such as switches and routers;
  • Install and configure a variety of network operating systems and provide for interoperability between them;
  • Administer an organization’s computer network infrastructure;
  • Understand network security issues and use appropriate tools to insure network integrity;
  • Understand fundamental networking theory, terminology, and industry recognized standards; and
  • Use appropriate library and information resources to research network management issues and tools and support lifelong technical learning.

In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

General Requirements for Network Systems and Cyber Security Specialization

 

Students will be able to:

The goal of the Network Systems and Cyber Security is to train and educate students in the various technical areas associated with Computer Network Operations that encompasses Computer Network Defense, Computer Network Exploitation, and Computer Network Attacks.

Students will be able to:

  • Understand the security fundamentals required to help safeguard computer networks;
  • Implement wireless network security protections; Identify and counteract attacks on workstations, servers, and other networking devices;
  • Identify vulnerabilities, discuss their resolutions, and generate vulnerability reports Install and utilize various security industry accepted tools.
  • Install and configure firewalls and Virtual Private Networks.

In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

General Requirements for Network Systems and Unified Communication Specialization

 

The AAS in Network Systems and Unified Communication encompasses several communication systems or models including the handling of voice, fax, and regular text messages as objects in a single mailbox that a user can access either with a regular e-mail client or by telephone collaboration, and interaction systems; real-time and near real-time communications; and transactional applications.

Students will be able to:

  • Help employees access and share video on the desktop, on the road, and on-demand, as easily as making a phone call;
  • Facilitate better team interactions, dynamically bringing together individuals, virtual workgroups, and teams;
  • Make mobile devices extensions of the corporate network so mobile workers can be productive anywhere.

In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

General Requirements for PC Support Specialization

 

The PC Support (Help Desk) AAS degree program prepares individuals to implement, support, and troubleshoot computer and information technology systems and obtain employment as an IT professional.

Computer support specialists provide technical assitance, support, and advice to computer users. Troubleshooting is at the core of this IT career, as these professionals are called upon constantly to interpret problems, communicate solutions, and educate users about the latest technologies. They are also responsible for the daily administration and maintenance of computer hardware, software, systems, and networks.

Program Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Evaluate computer problems for clients in person, via telephone or from a remote location.
  • Provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.
  • Identify major hardware or software problems or defective products to vendors or technicians for service;
  • List requirements for new systems or modifications;
  • Develop training materials and procedures, or train users in the proper use of hardware or software.

In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

Employment

 

There are 13,356 Computer Systems Analysts employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 10.6% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 638 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $44.17 hourly, $92,000 annually

More Information

About Continuing Education certificates

Continuing Education certificates offer contact hours, not academic credit. One Continuing Education Unit, or CEU, is 10 contact hours of successful participation/completion in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction. CEUs are not substituted for college credit hours, but rather are a means of reporting continuing education activities. Transcripts listing CEU credits satisfactorily completed are available on request. CEUs are recognized internationally as a measure of substantial professional education and training.

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