Computer Networking





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Published on Mar 4, 2008

www.tstc.edu Computer Networking at Texas State Technical College.

Communications networks of computers and routing devices are no longer luxuries. Today business, government, and individuals depend on reliable connections to communication systems that transmit and receive information instantaneously over long distances. Computers, the cornerstones of new communication systems, connect networks that link information through fiber optic, wireless or satellite media.

The Computer Networking & Systems Administration department prepares technicians to build and manage these communication systems. Instructional coursework offers insight into computer network design, implementation and management.

Computer Networking & Systems Administration at Texas State Technical College offers specializations in System Administration, Microsoft and UNIX, in addition to the standard CNS curriculum. All associate degrees now include four courses in Cisco Systems networking with emphasis on router and switch configuration. These courses cover all of the material needed for the student to achieve the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification.The two-year CNS program includes classroom and laboratory instruction that focuses on building extensive experience in Microsoft, Novell Netware and UNIX System Administration. The Associate of Applied Science degree program includes courses covering client operating systems, server operating systems, Cisco equipment, NetWare, UNIX, Windows Network strategies, network cabling systems, Local Area Network (LAN) design and management, network protocol design and implementation, and internetworking of multi-vendor and divergent systems.

CNS graduates have a wide array of job responsibilities. In the field, the CNS graduate may install and maintain networks, install and administer network servers, support network users and even monitor and maintain network security.

Graduates of the program hold jobs with titles such as network administrator, network technician, computer or network support specialist, help-desk or system administrator and network consultant.

Microsoft Specialization... A specialization in Computer Networking & Systems Administration at Texas State Technical College.

The Computer Networking & Systems Administration department at TSTC provides focused, hands-on instruction for developing and maintaining the communication systems at the core of the information highway. Through the Microsoft Specialization, you can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree while developing skills specific to supporting the products of the world's No.1 software company. CNS has been a Microsoft Certified Partner since 1998, indicating our commitment to maintaining a faculty highly trained in the latest Microsoft technologies.

In addition to earning your degree, you can work toward certification as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, (MCSE), for wide-ranging career opportunities installing, managing and maintaining Microsoft servers and networks worldwide. This program provides more actual hands-on time working with the product than other training and education options.

The two-year Microsoft Specialization covers the basic CNS curriculum with coursework in network design, implementation and management which includes all the courses needed to achieve the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification. The coursework then focuses on the skills needed to support Microsoft's Windows Server software-the world's best-selling server. The coursework, which culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree, provides unique instruction with Microsoft servers, clients and networking technologies.

Unix Specialization... A specialization in Computer Networking & Systems Administration at Texas State Technical College.

UNIX is a powerful, multi-user operating system first developed in the 1960's. There are now many versions of UNIX and its cousin, Linux. These operating systems run much of the Internet and host powerful enterprise-wide applications and e-commerce sites in business and government.

TSTC's Computer Networking & Systems Administration department is an authorized Sun Education Center. Sun Microsystems makes the popular Solaris Operating Environment version of UNIX. The Sun Academic Initiative is a program designed to create a collaborative relationship between Sun and academic institutions. Courses delivered through this program introduce students to Sun Microsystems technologies, prepare them for industry-leading certification, and equip them with marketable IT job skills.

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