Network Design and Administration

Southwestern Illinois College's Associate in Applied Science Degree in Network Design and Administration is designed to prepare students with the necessary skills to obtain entry-level positions in the growing field of networking.

The core curriculum prepares students to successfully complete the following professional certifications: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) and CompTIA's Security+ certification.

For more information on the Network Design and Administration program, please contact the program coordinator, Matt Swinford, at 618-931-0600, ext. 7374 or matt.swinford@swic.edu.

Educational Programs

Associate in Applied Science (0007)

Southwestern Illinois College's Associate in Applied Science Degree in Network Design and Administration is designed to prepare students with the necessary skills to obtain entry-level positions in the growing field of networking. View Cost Sheet.

Network Associate Certificate (007A)

The Network Associate Certificate provides course work for a range of networking subjects to prepare the student for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification exam through Cisco Systems. Four classes are required to achieve the Network Associate certificate from SWIC. Individuals will gain hands-on experience with network equipment, including routers and switches, as part of their education. View Cost Sheet.

Cybersecurity Specialist (007D)

The Cybersecurity Specialist Certificate provides the skills needed to plan, implement, upgrade and monitor security measures to safeguard digital files and electronic infrastructure. Students are prepared for six professional certification exams.

Accelerated Degree Option

Anyone who has completed an associate or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college may earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Network Design and Administration by completing at least 27 semester credit hours of program related course work. Contact the program coordinator for more information.

Cisco Networking Academy

Southwestern Illinois College is a Cisco Networking Academy using official Cisco online curriculum. The Cisco Networking Academy is a comprehensive e-learning curriculum, which provides students with Internet technology skills essential in a global economy. The Networking Academy delivers online content and assessment, student performance tracking, hands-on labs and activities to prepare students for industry-standard certifications. more...

Career Opportunities

  • Account Representative
  • Computer Repair Technician
  • Computer Technician
  • Engineer Network Installer
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Network Communications
  • Network Technician
  • Operations Analyst
  • Systems Administrator
  • Systems Manager
  • Assistant Network Manager
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • E-Mail Administrator
  • Help Desk Specialist
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Support Specialist
  • Network Troubleshooter
  • Software Engineer/Support
  • Systems Engineer
  • WAN/LAN Manager

For details about career opportunities, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook website published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additional information is also available from the SWIC Career Activities and Employment Center.