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Computer Science – IT Support Services


Senior Network Specialist
Associate Network Specialist

Contact Information

Chris Parden
Associate Professor of Computer Networking & Technology



Information technology is an integral part of modern life and inseparable from modern business. Today’s business world demands computer networking technicians that can manage, setup, and maintain a company’s computer systems. This kind of technology rules the daily operations of most everything that affects our lives. Computer network technicians build and maintain computer networks used by business, education, government, and health care institutions. They must know current standards and terminology used for local area networks (LANs) and larger wide area networks (WANs). They often help plan their employers’ computer networks and then implement the planned networks. Most commonly, network technicians administer existing computer networks and troubleshoot problems as they arise. Graduates of this program can look towards a bright future and a career path filled with opportunities.

Computer networking professionals need strong analytical, communication, multi-tasking, and problem solving skills in addition to computer knowledge. In general, companies prefer a variety of different skills depending on the needs of their organization.

This is a workforce pathway program. The program aligns with and prepares students with the skills and knowledge necessary to gain numerous national recognized industry certifications. Students will be prepared to successful pass certifications such as Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), CompTIA’s Network+, and various Microsoft Technology Associate certifications.

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Career Outlook

Students with Computer Networking degrees can expect to apply to numerous jobs such as:

  • Computer Network Support Specialists – $80K1 Annual wage!
  • Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers – $63K1 Annual wage!
  • Information Technology Technician
  • Network Engineer

Students with a Senior Network Specialist certificate can expect to earn an annual salary of $42K as a computer network technician or network support technician.

1 Statistics provided by Connecticut Department of Labor. Labor Market Information. Highest Paying Occupations in Connecticut Requiring Associate’s Degree or Vocational Training.