network specialist
( Cybersecurity Professional Track)

Course Description:

This computer network specialist program prepares students for employment as network administrators, computer system administrators, network technicians, and technical support specialists. Students will be taught to design, configure, maintain, and repair networks for small, medium, and large businesses as well as for residential settings. Computer networking specialists could be in charge of maintaining the system to make sure data stay safe and encryption stays current, also be responsible for security issues and data sharing.

Admission Requirements

The applicants must have High school diploma or GED



Core Programs include:
  • NET101: CompTIA Network+, Network Pro
  • NET102: CompTIA Security+, Security Pro
  • NET103: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • NET104: CompTIA Linux+
Why Computer Networking

Computer Networking is #3 among the fastest-growing  occupations between 2014 and 2024. Employment of network and computer systems administrators is expected to increase by 13 percent from 2014 to 2024, as fast as the average for all occupations. Computer networks are an integral part of business, and demand for these workers will increase as firms continue to invest in new technologies. The increasing adoption of mobile technologies means that more establishments will use the Internet to conduct business online. This growth translates into a need for systems administrators who can help organizations use technology to communicate with employees, clients, and consumers. Growth will also be driven by the increasing need for information security.

– Bureau of Labor Statistics, Aug 2016

The American Technical Institute program prepares you for an IT career in computer networking as a Computer Support Specialist/Network Administrator with a focus on cybersecurity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median yearly salary for a Computer Support Specialist is $51,470, for Network Administrator is $77,810 and for an Information Security Analyst is $90,120.

CompTIA Network+® Certification

CompTIA Network+ certification validates the knowledge and skills of networking professionals. It is an international, vendor-neutral certification that recognizes a technician’s ability to describe the features and functions of networking components and to install, configure and troubleshoot basic networking hardware, protocols and services.

The demand for skilled network support professionals continues to grow, and the CompTIA Network+ certification is a valuable credential to help start or enhance a networking career. In fact, many IT certifications integrate CompTIA Network+ into their curriculums. Microsoft and other corporations such as Novell, Cisco, HP, Lotus and 3Com also recognize CompTIA Network+ as part of their certification tracks.

Technical Roles Examples: Systems Administrator, Web Server Administrator

CompTIA Security+® Certification

CompTIA Security+ Certification tests the security knowledge mastery of an individual with two years on-the-job networking experience, with emphasis on security. It covers industry-wide topics, including communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, access control, authentication, external attack and operational and organization security. Security+ is an elective or prerequisite to advanced security certifications.

CompTIA Security+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification that proves competency in system security, network infrastructure, access control and organizational security.

Major organizations that employ CompTIA Security+ certified staff include Booz Allen Hamilton, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Motorola, Symantec, Telstra, Hitachi, Ricoh, Lockheed Martin, Unisys, Hilton Hotels Corp., General Mills, the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines.

Technical Role Examples: Network Security Administrator, Security Specialist or Network Security Technician.

Cisco Certified Network Associate® (CCNA)

The Cisco CCNA network associate certification validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a Wide Area Network (WAN.)

This curriculum includes basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless networking concepts and terminology, and performance-based skills.

Technical Role Examples: Internetwork Engineer, LAN/WAN Engineer

CompTIA Linux+® Certification

The Linux+ credential is an entry-level, distribution-neutral certification that proves the ability to install, configure, manage, network, support and operate Linux based environments. The vendor neutrality of Linux makes this certification ideal for Technicians working in an Open System environment.

CompTIA’s Linux+ is the only certification track that provides a 3-in-1 path: by becoming Linux+ certified, the technician will also receive the LPI (Linux Professional Institute) Level 1 (LPIC-1), and the Novell SUSE Desktop Support Technician designations. Organizations such as Hewlett-Packard, Novell, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Dell, and Xerox recommend or require Linux+.

Technical Role Examples: Systems Administrator, Junior Linux Administrator, Junior Network Administrator, Linux Database Administrator and Web Administrator