Network Technology - Montana Tech

Information Technology

What is Network Technology?

The Network Technology program provides a quality education that develops skills necessary to design, develop, secure, and support computer networks. The program emphasizes current and emerging network technologies, preparing students for a wide variety of industry-recognized certification exams.

Our new AAS degree, Computer Networks and Cybersecurity, prepares students for one of the fastest-growing detailed occupations. This new degree is in pursuit of our designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense. The AAS degree is fully transferable into the BS Network Technology.

The AAS Web Development and Administration degree provides skills in one of the most popular and profitable industries today. Graduates of the program are successful in careers that involve web server administration, web design and development, web functionality, graphic design, and e-commerce.

At Montana Tech, students gain hands-on experience in state-of-the-art facilities to help them learn to design, develop, secure, and support computer networks.

Engaged Vaculty with Experience & Expertise
Engaged Faculty with Experience & Expertise
Consistently Ranked in the Top 10 Jobs in the US
Consistently Ranked in the Top 10 Jobs in the US
Hands-On Learning Environment
Hands-On Learning Environment
Blend of Theory and Practice
Blend of Theory and Practice

What Type of Skills do You Need?

  • Interest in computers
  • You like solving problems
  • Insatiable curiosity—how do computer networks work?
  • You like working with your hands

What Can You Do With Your Degree?

As many industries transition to cloud computing technology, network technology and cybersecurity are two of the fastest growing occupations in the world. This program will launch students on a lucrative career path with such professional options as network engineer or technician, information security analysts, IT support specialist, cloud architect,
security analyst, or health IT specialist, to name a few.

3 Degree Options
3 Degree Options
90% Career Outcome Rate
90% Career Outcome Rate
13:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
13:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
$45K Average Starting Salary
$45K Average Starting Salary

Computers, networks, social media, and information assurance have become the underpinnings for much of our economy. The degree offerings within our department provide a quality education that develops skills necessary to design, develop, secure, and support computer networks. The programs emphasizes current and emerging network technologies, preparing students for a wide variety of industry recognized certification exams.

Coursework is rich in laboratory experiences with state-of-the-art industry hardware and software. Students study in a learning environment that stresses practical, hands-on experiences and internships. The skills learned are the critical foundations of Information Technology careers.

BS network technology

Network Technology, B.S.

Our Bachelor of Science degree (four year program) in Network Technology prepares a student for a variety of Information Technology careers. This degree is a deeper dive into many of the topics explored in the A.A.S. Computer Networks and Cybersecurity degree. Some coursework follows MCSA (Microsoft Certified System Administrator) topics as well as CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) desired outcomes. Network Security topics continue to be explored, along with in-depth experiences with Linux and Web Server applications. Additional general education requirements, along with the computing and associated networking technology coursework, expands the student’s background to prepare them for additional opportunities and careers in the computer/networking/cybersecurity field.

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AAS Network Technology

Computer Networks and Cybersecurity, A.A.S.

Our Associate of Applied Science degree (two year program) has been refined to include courses in the Information/Cybersecurity field. According to the Department of Labor’s most recent employment projections, demand for Information Security Analysts is expected to very high. This field is in the top 15 of the fastest growing detailed occupations requiring post-secondary education. Our program follows standards established by the Department of Homeland Security for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense.

This degree, however, prepares a student for a variety of Information Technology careers. Some coursework prepares for the student for the CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate) certification exam, while other courses provide competencies in a variety of skills needed for the CompTIA A+ exam, Network+, and Linux+ exams. Microsoft Server competencies are explored in great detail. Additional general education requirements, along with computing and associated networking technology coursework, expands the student’s background to prepare them for additional opportunities and careers in the computer/networking/cybersecurity field. Students completing the AAS Computer Networks and Cybersecurity degree may earn the Bachelor’s degree by completing an additional two years in the BS Network Technology Program.

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web development and administration AAS

Web Development and Administration, A.A.S.

Our Associate of Applied Science degree (two  year program) in Web Development and Administration will prepare students to utilize current and emerging web development tools. This degree will prepare technicians who are knowledgeable in computer support, network support, and be able to create and manage an organization’s web presence.  The degree is unique in that it has a major focus in the organization and management aspects of web sites as well as web page creation.  This degree can be completed in two years and graduates will work developing a new web presence or manage and administer previously designed sites.

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  • Prepare for industry certifications while earning a degree. Certification preparation areas include:
    • Cisco CCNA and CCNP
    • CompTIA A+
    • Network +
    • Linux +
    • Microsoft Server exams and the Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) exam
  • Experience extensive hands-on activities in our physical and virtual state-of-the-art labs with hands-on assignments in every course.
  • Seamless articulation of Cisco Network Academy coursework.
  • Possible exit after two years with the AAS Network Technology degree.
  • The first two years are taught through Highlands College, allowing students to pay lower tuition.
  • Earn an AAS in Web Development & Administration with only 8 additional classes.
 
The objectives of the Network Technology program are to produce graduates who can:
  • Demonstrate sufficient knowledge in essential skills to obtain employment in the Information Technology arena.
  • Apply classroom and internship experiences in the work-place environment.
  • Obtain industry certifications.
  • Aspire to continue in professional development.