IT - Systems Administration Specialist

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IT-Systems Administration Specialist

Associate Degree

63 Credits | 2 Year

Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland, New Richmond*, Rice Lake, Superior**

Full program available via On Site or Hybrid instruction at the Ashland or Rice Lake campus

*Only first-year coursework fully available at the New Richmond campus. Second-year coursework is available at the other campus locations or through a combination of Online, Hybrid or On Site instruction at the New Richmond campus

**Full program available at the Superior campus via Hybrid instruction

Career Cluster: Information Technology 

As an information technology professional, you will work with exciting new technologies to implement and maintain computer systems. IT professionals are in demand and you can typically expect to enjoy generous compensation packages while working in climate controlled office environments. 

Program Overview

The first year of the IT-Systems Administration Specialist program provides you with a foundation in computer systems along with strong networking skills. These skills will allow you to support and manage computer systems and the networks connecting them. 

The second year of the program focuses on server administration, database administration, virtualization and cloud computing concepts. Students learn how to securely install, configure and manage servers in a virtualized environment. The curriculum provides skills to help prepare students for the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), VMware Certified Professional (VCP), AWS Certified Solutions Architect, CompTIA A+, Network+, Linux+ and Server+ certifications. 

Program Outcomes

IT-Systems Administration Specialist graduates will be able to:

  • Support server operations
  • Manage virtualization technologies
  • Manage client operating systems
  • Manage services in a cloud environment
  • Develop scripts for IT automation

As an IT-Systems Administration student you will learn by using the same technologies used by professionals in the field. You will be working on current equipment from industry leaders including Dell, IBM, and Lenovo virtualization servers, Cisco networking equipment, and EMC storage arrays. 

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Online second year. 


Academics

The program is available at all four campuses. Full program available via On Site or Hybrid instruction at the Ashland or Rice Lake campus. Only first year coursework fully available at the New Richmond campus. Second year coursework is available at other campus locations or through a combination of Online, Hybrid, or On Site instruction at the New Richmond campus.  

Full program available at the Superior campus via Hybrid instruction.

Career Pathways

Earn a Network Technician technical diploma upon completion of the first year of the program. After graduating with Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Technology-Systems Administration Specialist, take an additional year and earn a double major as an Information Technology-Cybersecurity Specialist. 

Academic Alliances

As a student, you'll have access to industry-leading software, hardware and curriculum for reduced or no cost through Northwood Tech's membership in the VMware IT Academy, Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance, Cisco Networking Academy, and CompTIA Authorized Academy. 

Certifications

Prepare yourself for in-demand industry certifications. Most courses in IT-Systems Administration program align with popular certifications such as VMware Certified Profession (VCP), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), AWS Certified Solutions Architect, CompTIA A+, Network+, Linux+, and Server+. 


Curriculum

Program specific subjects include virtualization, cloud computing, database administration and storage components. The curriculum also includes networking concepts, Linux and LAN administration. 

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Featured IT-Systems Administration Specialist Courses

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This course will examine how storage and virtualization technologies are making possible the enormous rise of cloud computing. The course will look at the impact that cloud computing is having on traditional datacenters. It will also discuss security and disaster recovery from a cloud computing perspective. PREREQUISITE: 10154141 VMware Certified Professional.
10154141
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This course is an introduction to Enterprise virtualization using VMware vSphere, ESXi and vCenter. Students receive hands-on experience in the installation, configuration and management of VMware. This course also covers storage and networking concepts important to virtualization. This course fulfills the "VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage" requirement to take the VCP certification exam. PREREQUISITE: 10150113 Cisco CCNA 2 Routing and Switching Essentials.
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This course covers basic concepts of database administration including setting up and securing users, tuning operations, database security, and backups. This course also covers web server administration and web site deployment as well as basics of SharePoint administration. PREREQUISITES: 10150118 Server Administration 2 and 10152100 Database Concepts and SQL.

IT-Systems Administration Specialist is Part of a Career Pathway

As an IT-Systems Administration Specialist student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way. 

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Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get you started.

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Tuition and Fees

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2022-23*

IT-Systems Administration Specialist

63 Credits | 2 Years

$10,075


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 


After the Northwood Tech IT-Systems Administration Specialist Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain an IT-Network Technician technical diploma and an IT-Systems Administration Specialist associate degree. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Contact

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

715.788.7144

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Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

715.685.3039

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New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

715.752.8119

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Superior Admissions Contact

Rachel Lee

Admissions Advisor

715.319.7331

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