Associate in Science
The mission of the Network Systems Technology (A.S.) degree is to provide a high quality and relevant degree preparing students for distinctive success in the installation, repair, and maintenance of computers and network-related systems. This hands-on program is designed to respond to the needs of regional businesses. This program provides computer related technical skills for the I.T. industry.
The Network Systems Technology program is designed for individuals interested in beginning or advancing a career in computer/network support. Computer and network support involves installing, configuring, repairing, and managing computer and network hardware and software. It includes both hands-on skills and knowledge of theory and concepts. Because network technology is constantly changing and evolving, learning in this field never ends. The emphasis of the program is on teaching students a broad base of skills and knowledge in network and systems administration while also allowing the flexibility for students to pursue individual interests and specialties. With the ever-changing demands of the technology job market, this broad background and flexibility increases career opportunities available to graduates.
The program begins by teaching the basic skills and knowledge required to work as an entry-level computer technician or desktop support specialist. Students then learn the skills and knowledge required to administer server, security, voice, or network infrastructure environments. Once finished with the core requirements of the program, students are free to choose their remaining classes from a vast array of technology offerings at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Students can select courses from specialty groupings such as systems administration, network security, computer hardware, internetworking, server, Voice over IP (VoIP), Data Forensics, or Network Virtualization, or mix and match to take courses from a variety of technology areas to complement existing skills. Technologies include Cisco CCNA, Cisco CCNP, Cisco Voice over IP, Microsoft, A+, Security+, VMware, EMC, Citrix, Forensics, and Linux. Students holding current industry certification (i.e. CCNA, Security+, A+, etc.) may receive college credit for relevant courses.
A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all professional coursework and professional elective coursework.
Six technical certificates are available within this degree program: Network Support Technician (6109) (T.C.) , Network Infrastructure (6110) (T.C.) , Advanced Network Virtualization (6111) (T.C.) , Digital Forensics (6112) (T.C.) , Network Enterprise Administration (6113) (T.C.) , and IP Communications (6114) (T.C.) . Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.
Please note that by being enrolled in Network Systems Technology (2156) (A.S.) you may automatically meet the requirements for one of the aforementioned technical certificates. If you meet the requirements for a technical certificate, as a result of being enrolled in Network Systems Technology (2156) (A.S.) , you may automatically be awarded the technical certificate(s) upon meeting their requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of this automatic awarding of a technical certificate please contact an advisor to do so.
An internship is a required part of this degree program. Each credit hour in the internship course consists of 30 contact hours of which relates to 25 hours of documented jobsite internship experience.
Florida State College at Jacksonville is the regional resource for employers in many types of computer technology. Graduates have been employed by CSX, Florida Blue, City of Jacksonville, Citi, Modis, TEKsystems, and other regional employers including the government and military.
Upon completion of this program, student will be prepared to pursue industry recognized certifications such as CompTIA's A+ Microcomputer Technician certification, Network+, Security+, Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, and Cisco.
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