Network Design & Administration Program Overview

Seattle Central now offers a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Information Technology–Networking. If you have an associate degree in networking, apply now or email Lisa Sandoval,, for more information.

The Network Design and Administration program in Information Technology includes a four–quarter certificate and a 6 to 7–quarter AAS–T degree program. Prerequisites require an additional one to two quarters for most students. The curriculum was designed with input from Puget Sound industry representatives to include the skills needed for successful employment.

The Network Design and Administration program at Seattle Central will provide students with excellent IT networking skills and a conversant knowledge of enterprise applications like Sharepoint, Terminal and Exchange servers. We also explore Business class Open Source offerings such as SUSE and Ubuntu.

  • Students can begin the program any quarter.
  • Network Design & Administration may be a good fit for you if you like to do highly technical, hands–on work.
  • Areas of study include operating systems, servers, routers, switches, and server deployed applications.
  • Job titles include Network Technician, Network Administrator, Workstation or System Support Technician.

Degree and Certificate Options

  • Associate of Applied Science Transfer (AAS–T) Degree, 98 Credits
  • Certificate, 78 Credits
  • Cisco Alternative Certificate, 40 Credits (63 Credits with prereqs)

Career Opportunities

Despite the recent economic downturn, the information technology field is still growing faster and employing more “new to the field” people than any other sector of the economy. A recent Department of Labor study indicates that eight of the nine fastest growing occupations by the year 2020 will be in the area of Information Technology. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook the United States will see 18 –28 percent growth rate for Network Administrators and Computer Support Specialists, adding nearly 100,000 jobs by the year 2020.

A Washington State Employment Security Department paper confirms these job growth statistics for our state as well, with some computer jobs posting growth rates of six percent–eight percent per year. The current 2013–2014 unemployment figure for Network and System Administrators is less than one percent. There currently is a critical shortage of qualified IT professionals with up to date skills. Excellent job opportunities exist with the public sector, and in companies that range from startups to world class enterprises.

Job titles that this program prepares you for include Systems Analyst/Administrator, Network Technician, System Support Technician, PC Technician, Technical Support, and Computer Systems Technician. Robert Half Technology 2013 Salary Guide reports that the average annual salary for a Cisco Certified Network Associate with one to two years experience is $59,000. A Washington State employment security report goes on to say that experienced Network engineers have seen a 10.1 percent increase in total average salary with a range of $62,500 – $85,250. Students who gain industry certifications like MCTS, CCNA and Comptia can add 6 –10 percent on top of the starting salary.

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Contact Information

Information Technology Programs
Business, Information Technologies & Creative Arts
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway, Room BE3176
Seattle, WA 98122
206.934.3150 206.934.3150

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