Associate of Applied Science Degree
The rapid expansion of the computer industry has generated a growing need for highly skilled workers to repair, network, and support these complex computer systems. Employment of computer networking engineers is expected to increase much faster than average as information technology becomes more sophisticated and organizations continue to adopt and integrate these technologies. The computer networking field requires specialists who continually learn new skills to keep pace with the rapidly changing IT industry.
BTC’s degrees and certificates in the Computer Networking Program are ideal for students with skillsets and interests in information technology, working with and troubleshooting computers, assisting the public, customer service, and more. Your computer networking career training will help you learn in-demand skills for a rewarding career in the fast-paced world of modern business.
Students who complete a Computer Networking Program degree or certificate at Bellingham Technical College will be trained to:
• Install, configure, and administer an advanced application server and Microsoft Windows network.
• Design, develop, implement, and document a complex project in computer networking.
• Demonstrate the ability to apply technical and interpersonal knowledge and skills in professional setting.
• Design and implement a group project.
• Demonstrate knowledge in fundamental concepts used by computer networking professionals.
Computer Networking Degree & Certificate Programs
To follow your path to a career in computer networking, choose from the following associate degree programs and transfer opportunities to go on for a bachelor’s degree:
• Associate of Applied Science – Transfer (AAS-T) , [link to separate page]
The Associate of Applied Science - Transfer degree gives students in the Computer Networking Program the opportunity to build upon the technical courses required for job preparation and includes general education classes that will transfer to four-year colleges and universities. This is a 128-credit-hour degree program that can be completed in six quarters.
• Associate of Applied Science (AAS) , [link to separate page]
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares students to enter the work force in computer networking, information technology, and more after graduation. Some of the program’s 123 credit hours may transfer to other colleges and universities. This degree program can be completed in six quarters.
Students also may choose these certificate programs:
• Certificate in Computer Network Support: This is a 64-credit-hour program that prepares graduates for employment opportunities with information technology and computer support firms or with companies that use computer networks.
• Certificate in Health Information Technology: Certificate students are prepared to manage computer network systems in the healthcare field through a combination of classroom theory and practical application in this 64-credit-hour program. You’ll learn to troubleshoot and repair computer systems and design, install, and maintain local area network (LANs). In addition, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare environment, health information management systems, information security, and trends in healthcare.
Bellingham Technical College is a Microsoft IT Academy member and a member of CompTIA.
Bellingham Technical College is an equal opportunity institution. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Computer Networking Jobs & Employment
Choose BTC’s Computer Networking degree programs to train for positions such as network technician, network specialist, network administrator, and network security administrator, or local area network (LAN) technician. Through our top career training, you will learn how to manage computer networks, troubleshoot and repair computer systems, and design, install, and maintain LANs.
BTC’s top-quality computer networking training is widely respected by businesses and information technology (IT) professionals. That’s why, on average, 78% of BTC Computer Networking Program graduates are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in the computer networking field is $84,802, with an earning potential of about $99,736 per year.
Computer Networking Program graduates will find employment opportunities with IT and computer support firms or with a wide range of companies that use computer networks, including software companies, manufacturers, industrial firms, retail and wholesale companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, schools and universities, corporations, and federal, state, and local government agencies.
75% BTC graduate placement rate
$67,059 starting annual wage
$85,301 average annual wage
$102,107 potential annual wage
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Bellingham Technical College is a Microsoft IT Academy member and is a member of CompTIA.