The IT-Network Systems Technician program provides students with the skills required to support the integrity of a computer network infrastructure. Students will be able to manage, configure and troubleshoot common system infrastructure issues, including network switching, routing, IP services, fiber optics, premises cabling and basic network device security. Students will work with business class systems such as Cisco, Microsoft and Linux. Extensive hands-on, real-world, experiences with real equipment are provided to gain the immense knowledge required to accurately configure and secure network systems.
Is This Program for You?
Students entering the IT-Network Systems Technician program should:
- Be a digital native and have a curiosity for technology.
- Have an eye for detail and possess an analytical and creative mind.
- Like to solve problems and be challenged.
- Enjoy working independently and in teams.
Students entering the IT-Computer Support Technician program should:
- Possess an analytical and creative ability.
- Like to solve problems and be persistent.
- Be able to think logically.
- Have good basic reading and math skills.
- Have good oral and written communication skills.
- One-year technical diploma.
- In person and online classes.
- High school articulation courses accepted.
- Financial aid available.
- Classes start in August.
- Curriculum & Costs
Cost of Attendance (COA) 23-24
Cost of Attendance (COA) is a total of all the usual expenses of being a student. The COA sets the maximum amount of financial aid a student can receive.
Category Amount Tuition and Fees $4,713 Living Expenses (Housing and Food) $9,614 Books and Supplies $2,061 Personal Expenses $2,245 Transportation $2,007 Charger Tech 360 Fee $600 Loan Fees $83 Yearly Total (Living Away from Home) $21,323 1 Semester Total (Living Away from Home) $10,662
Based on Wisconsin Residents.
Approximate school costs are for a full-time (12 credit) student over a semester span of 17 weeks.
Fees are legislated by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board.
These costs are estimates and are subject to change without notice.
Admission and Program Requirements
- Submit Application
- To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809
- Admissions Preference Policy
Priority for program acceptance will be given in this order until January 1, 2024:
- Southwest Wisconsin Technical College District Residents (permanent address is in one of Southwest Tech’s 30 school districts the College serves) Southwest Tech District Information
- Non-District State Residents
- Out-of-State Residents
Helpful Academic Background
- Oral and written communication skills
- Computer applications and concepts
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
- Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Provide entry level end user support
- Manage operating systems and application software
- Support information technology hardware
- Provide basic network support for existing network installations
- Career Opportunities
Career opportunities exist in all areas of the country. Graduates with this one-year technical diploma are trained on the major objectives covered by the CompTIA A+ certification which is an industry-recognized credential. Graduates are able to provide hardware and software technology support for any business.
Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.
- Prior Learning
Credit for Prior Learning
Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!
Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information on Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.
At any time, you may Request Credit for Prior Learning.
IT-Network Systems Technician Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:
Course # Course TitleChallenge Exam
10-103-106 Beginning Microsoft Excel Any Microsoft MOUS certification (even an old certification) will also be considered for CPL 10-103-118 Intermediate Microsoft Excel Any Microsoft MOUS certification (even an old certification) will also be considered for CPL 10-150-126 Premises Cabling Technician FOA Certified Premises Cabling Technician (CPCT) 10-151-102 Cybersecurity Essentials + Cisco Networking and Security (10-151-103) Cisco Certified Support Technician (CCST) Cybersecurity 10-151-103 Cisco Networking and Security + Cybersecurity Essentials (10-151-102) Cisco Certified Support Technician (CCST) Cybersecurity 10-151-104 Linux Administration and Security LPI LPIC-1 101 exam (need 102 exam for LPIC 1 Certification) 10-620-156 Fiber Optic Cabling Technician FOA Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) 10-801-136 English Composition 1 CLEP Test - College Composition 10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication