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Computer Network Design and Administration

Are you interested in technology and how it can be applied to build connections between people in different places? Network design and administration could be the right career for you.

In this program, you'll develop the critical thinking skills and knowledge needed to create and maintain computer networks. You’ll practice optimization, troubleshooting, and using different operating systems and hardware such as Microsoft, CISCO, or LINUX/UNIX.

Whether you want to work as a network administrator, engineer, analyst, or technician, this program prepares you to join a growing technological industry.

  1. OS installation and configuration.
  2. Create, modify and manage files and directories.
  3. Exploring the files system by viewing files and directories, displaying the contents of text files, searching for text in wiles with grep, and editing text files.
  4. Manage and administrate the file system including working with device files, partitioning and formatting hardisk’s including LVMs, and disk quotas.
  5. Perform system initialization including Grub boot loader, Sys V and Systemd initialization processes, and X Windows.
  6. Working with the BASH shell including pipes and redirection, shell variables and shell scripts.
  7. Manage processes including viewing, stopping, starting and termination of processes, foreground and background processes, and scheduling with atd and cron.
  8. Manage programs and packages covering compression, system backup and software installations.
  9. Installation and configuration of basic servers.
  10. Troubleshoot system issues and monitor performance.

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway

Plan Your Courses

Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.


Math placement is not required for this program.
English placement is not required for this program.

The Linux/Unix certificate prepares students for the latest CompTIA Linux+ and the LPIC-1 certification exams. This will be an interactive hands-on course. Students will have access to their own dedicated Linux system on which to learn and explore. Successful completion of the certificate provides students with the essential skills needed for Linux systems administration including filesystem administration, working with the BASH shell, system initialization, process management, managing programs and packages, server deployment, and Network Configuration.

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Total Program Credits: 10

Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
CIS 206
Introduction to Linux/Unix  
Total Credits

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
CIS 213
Advanced Linux/Unix  
Total Credits

Estimated costs for completing this program

WA Resident
$ 1,236
$ 1,779
$ 3,180
$ 150
$ 150
$ 150
Course Fees
$ 7
$ 7
$ 7
Institutional Fees
$ 1,031
$ 1,031
$ 1,031
Total Costs
$ 2,423
$ 2,967
$ 4,367

Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.

  • Tami Absalonson
    Tami Absalonson
    Computer Informat Systems
    A.A.S., Master Electronics Technical Certificate, Spokane Community College; Vocational Teaching Certificate, Eastern Washington University
  • Scott Dawson
    Scott Dawson
    Computer Informat Systems
    A.A., Spokane Falls Community College; A.A.S., Spokane Community College; B.A., Eastern Washington University
  • Laura Kier
    Laura Kier
    Computer Informat Systems
    B.S., Oregon State University; Additional Studies, Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College, and Oregon State University; Certification, CCNA
  • Loni Bentz
    Loni Bentz
    Certification, Spokane Community College; A.A., Spokane Falls Community College; B.A., M.S.W., Eastern Washington University

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Scott Dawson

Computer Information Systems