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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. Install and configure servers, workstations, routers, switches, network cabling and wireless devices.
  2. Show knowledge of network topologies, protocols and technologies.
  3. Analyze and troubleshoot a network and its peripherals.
  4. Perform administrative tasks on a network.
  5. Establish communications between similar and dissimilar networking systems.
  6. Monitor network performance.
  7. Show a strong working knowledge of network security policies and procedures.
  8. Develop research skills and techniques.
Note: All program required software is available in CIS labs. Student discounts are available for purchasing software for home use.

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway


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

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.

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Total Program Credits: 20

Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
CIS 236
Windows Server Administration  
CIS 244
Windows Server Installation and Configuration  
CIS 263
Advanced Windows Server  
CIS 277
Database Administration  
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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
  • 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