(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) MILWAUKEE, Nov. 19 — Milwaukee Area Technical College issued the following news release: Instructors from Milwaukee Area Technical College’s IT Network Specialist accelerated program will conduct information sessions on Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 6:30-8 p.m. Sessions will be held at MATC’s Downtown Milwaukee Campus, in the Student Center, Room S116, 700 W. State St.; and at the Mequon Campus, Room A202, 5555 W. Highland Road. The sessions also will be accessible on Ustream.
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This program is offered in three formats – traditional, in-person accelerated and online accelerated. In the accelerated formats, students can complete the technical portion of their programs in less than 18 months.
The in-person accelerated format was first offered in the fall of 2007. In January 2010, the online version was launched when instructors recognized there were students who could benefit from this approach because of their professional experience.
Instructor Tony Stanislawski conducts interviews with all prospective students before they are admitted to the program. “We want our students to succeed, so speaking with them about all three options gives them the best chance for success. The variety in how we offer this associate degree opens many doors to students.” The IT Network Specialist program prepares students for careers in designing, installing, maintaining, troubleshooting and implementing security on computers, computer networks and network operating systems. Through hands-on activities, students set up and configure network operating systems and network equipment such as servers, PCs, switches and routers, and work with emerging technologies such as machine virtualization and wireless networking.
The program also prepares students for many industry-sought certifications including the VMware Certified Professional (VCP), Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA), Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA 2003), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+.
Employment opportunities are expected to grow dramatically. Typical job titles include junior network administrator, junior network engineer/analyst/specialist, Cisco Certified Network Associate, network specialist, network technician, desktop support specialist and IT field technician.
Jeff Wise, a student pursuing the degree in the online accelerated format, said the online format appealed to him because he is a working professional.
“This program provides me an opportunity to receive a college degree and make my current position as a network support analyst more stable,” said Wise. “Because of the courses I have taken at MATC, I can go deeper into things at work and I look at things differently now.