Network Specialist student.

IT - Network Specialist

62-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Network specialists create and maintain computer systems essential for day-to-day business operations, ensuring network security and connectivity throughout an organization. They deal with monitoring network equipment, and maintaining, installing and configuring computer hardware and software. In the Network Specialist program, learn about installation and troubleshooting of network operating systems, cabling, Cisco routers and switches, and wireless and other LAN/WAN technologies. Also, gain preparation for taking certification exams in select areas of study within the program.

  • Prepare for jobs such as network administrator, network engineer, IT technician or systems administrator.
  • All IT students (Computer Support Specialist, Network Specialist, and Web and Software Developer) take similar courses in their first semester of studies. Should a student determine after the first semester he/she would prefer a different IT program, he/she may switch with minimal credit loss.
  • In the fourth semester, students can customize their program by focusing on specialty areas including virtualization, CCNA or security – a feature unique to WCTC’s program.
  • The IT Student Center provides IT students with a wealth of resources to practice their skills, complete group projects and work with mentors.
  • Involvement in the BIT Connections Club allows members to share and expand upon IT skills through active participation in service learning projects, emerging technology exploration, aspects of global business technology and professional development opportunities.
  • Program-to-program transfer opportunities are available at Cardinal Stritch University, Carroll University, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin – Stout. In addition, select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
  • As complement to the Network Specialist program, several specialized, short-term certificate programs are available within the School of Business.
  • Evening completion options are available.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $42,586

Program Code 10-150-2

Required Courses

In the fourth semester, students can customize their program by focusing on specialty areas including virtualization, database or security - a feature unique to WCTC's program. Students can select three courses from the following list to fulfill their degree requirements.

Please note: the 4th semester of the Network Specialist degree program lists only three of the available courses (150-161, 150-168 and 150-152) - but students can select the three courses that are of interest to them.

Take three courses from the following list of courses:

Cisco Infrastructure Courses:

  • 150-144 Cisco3 Scaling Networks*
  • 150-145 Cisco4 Connecting Networks*

Security Courses:

  • 150-161 Ethical Hacking
  • 150-169 Business Continuity Planning
  • 150-168 Wireless Networking & Security

Specialization Courses:

  • 150-152 VMWare vSphere 6 Install/Config
  • 107-029 Project Management for IT
  • 154-140 ITIL v3 Foundations

Database Courses:

  • 152-115 Database Concepts
  • 156-103 Database Administration

Traditional Option

Pathway Option

In traditional option programs, students register for and take a set number of courses each semester, usually five or six. Classes are scheduled throughout the day, and sometimes at night or on weekends, and completed in a conventional manner - two semesters each year.

Generally, most courses are taken on campus in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. Many students who opt for the traditional college option are those who recently completed high school and those who do not hold full-time jobs.

Completing degree and diploma programs in a traditional manner generally takes one to two years, depending on number of credits and type of program; other completion option programs may be structured differently.

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 631-183 IT Essentials A+3  
 107-102 IT Support2 *
 150-178 Cisco1-Intro to Networks3 *
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 801-198 Speech3+*
 804-133 Math & Logic3 *
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 890-108 Employment Success1+ 
 150-179 Cisco2-Route/Switch Essentials3 *
 150-137 MS Server 20163 *
 150-151 Windows 10 Install/Configure3 *
 150-188 Linux Essentials3  
 801-197 Technical Reporting3+ 
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 107-103 IT Business Strategies3+ 
 150-150 Cloud Infrastructure/Services3  
 150-154 Shell Scripting2  
 150-157 Data Security3 *
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3 *
Total Semester Credits
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 107-184 IT Capstone2  
 150-152 VMware vSphere6 Install/Config3 *
 107-137 IT Internship1 *
 150-161 Ethical Hacking3 *
 150-168 Wireless Networking & Security3  
 809-143 Microeconomics3 *
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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View course descriptions of all required courses

Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

631-183 IT Essentials A+ 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

Program Specific Agreements

Program Name
Credits Awarded
Cardinal StritchAny Bachelor Degree in the College of Business and Management60+
Carroll UniversityBS Information Technologyup to 64
UW-MilwaukeeBS Information Science & Technology60+
UW-OshkoshBS Leadership and Organizational Studiesup to 62

General Agreements

Program Name
Credits Awarded
Concordia UniversityAny BachelorsVaries
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeCredits vary, check with Lakeland
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Scienceup to 80, and 35%+ tuition disccount for WCTC grads
Purdue University GlobalAny Bachelorscredits vary, 20% tuition discount
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayOrganizational Leadership - Bachelor of Applied StudiesBlock of 60 credits
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 60
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Information and Communication Technologiesup to 60
UW-WaukeshaBachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)60-Junior Standing
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership50-70

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Bill Barkhaus

Bill Barkhaus

Phone: 262.691.5335


  • AS, Technical Communications, MSOE
  • BS, Management Systems – Marketing Management, MSOE
  • MBA, Management and Information Systems, Concordia University


  • Certified Computer Science Technician
  • Certified Electronics Technician Telecommunications Electronics
  • Certified Network Computer Technician
  • Certified Fiber Optics Installer

Teaching Philosophy

"Everyone deserves an opportunity to learn. My goal is to provide a friendly cooperative environment where we can learn from each other."

Program instructor, Todd Beidel

Todd Beidel

Phone: 262.691.5376


  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • MS, Education, University of Wisconsin – Stout


  • Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  • Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS)
  • Vista & Server 2008
  • CompTIA Linux +
  • Network+
  • Security+
  • Certified Technical Trainer

Teaching Philosophy

"It is my goal for students to develop problem-solving skills so that they can take ownership for the learning that occurs in the classroom."

Program instructor, Michael Boerschinger

Michael Boerschinger

Phone: 262.691.7846


  • BS, Business Administration, Carroll University
  • MS, Post-secondary Education, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater


  • CompTIA Server+
  • Security+

Teaching Philosophy

"I work with students to obtain the skills needed to be successful within a business environment when they leave WCTC. While this includes teaching a wealth of technical skills, it also includes non-IT keys to success in the business world."

Program instructor, Tom Kenton

Tom Kenton

Phone: 262.691.7853


  • BBA, MIS and Marketing, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
  • MS, Career and Technical Education, University of Wisconsin–Stout


  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  • Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist
  • Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP)
  • Blue Coat Proxy Professional
  • HP Master Accredited Systems Engineer (ASE)
  • VMware Certified Professional 4 - Data Center Virtualization
  • VMware Certified Professional 5 - Data Center Virtualization
  • Microsoft Certified Trainer
  • EMC Information Storage Associate (EMCISA)

Teaching Philosophy

"I engage with students in a professional manner always keeping in mind the students are the customers. I am a facilitator of technology for the students, giving them the opportunity to share and express their ideas as it relates to technology."

Program instructor, Mark Krzyszkowski

Mark Krzyszkowski

Phone: 262.691.7878


  • BS, Advanced Technical Studies, Southern Illinois University –Carbondale
  • MS, Post-secondary Education, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater


  • CompTIA Security +
  • Network+
  • Microsoft MCSE
  • MCT
  • Snort Certified Professional
  • EC - Council Certified Ethical Hacker

Teaching Philosophy

"I consider my students my peers and facilitate classes with the thought that we are all learning. There is much to learn, and together, we can do it."

Program instructor, CyndiKaye Lambach

CyndiKaye Lambach, Ph.D.

Phone: 262.691.5242


  • BS, Business Education and Accounting, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
  • EMBA, Business Administration and Management, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Doctorate, Information Systems and Enterprise Resource Management, California University – Irvine


  • Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  • Certified Technical Trainer (CTT)
  • Cisco Certified Academic Instructor (CCAI)

Teaching Philosophy

Great teachers live forever. Not because they give flawless performances, but because they change forever the way their students think. My mission is to empower and inspire my students to set their goals and understand that, through hard work and dedication, they can -- and will -- obtain their goals to lead fulfilled lives.