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Computer Networking

Computer Networking

Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS, Certificate, CER, Industry Certification

Pathway: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math

More Options: Classroom Based, Remote Real-Time, Hyflex, Online, Hybrid

Program Length: 4 Semesters

Location: Centennial, Rampart Range

Transferability: Transferable

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Why Choose Computer Networking at PPSC

PPSC's Computer Networking program will provide you with the tools to maintain and troubleshoot computer hardware and networks. These networks are the backbone of every major platform - Amazon, Craigslist, Facebook, Uber and others - so these skills are, and will continue to be, in high demand.

What Kind Of Salary Can You Expect?

Computer Network Support Specialists

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Computer Network Architects

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Job Growth

+19%

Opportunities for Computer Network Support Specialists are expected to grow through 2028.

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Job Growth

+18%

Opportunities for Computer Network Support Specialists are expected to grow through 2028.

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Computer Networking Classes You Might Take

Here are a few of the classes that could lead to your degree or certificate:

class 1

Introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet.

class 2

Introduces students to current technologies. Special focus on ensuring students become technologically competent and computer literate. Emphasis is placed on technology fundamentals and terminology through the evaluation of hardware and software. Provides students with a working knowledge of operating system use, file management and security. Introduces the internet as a research and communication tool. Application software is covered to ensure the fundamental computer skills for personal, academic and business use are obtained.

class 3

Delivers a comprehensive overview of network security, including general security concepts. Communication Security is studied, including remote access, e-mail, the Web, directory and file transfer, and wireless data. Common network attacks are introduced. Cryptography basics are incorporated, and operational/organizational security is discussed as it relates to physical security, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Computer forensics is introduced.

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Learning Outcomes

In Colorado, there are entry-level job opportunities for this fast-growing career field.

Common careers pursued by PPSC graduates are:

  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Security Specialist 
  • Data Security Administrator 
  • Technology Security 
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1st semester plan

math & english requirements

1st semester plan

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  • CIS 1018 - Introduction to PC Applications 3 Credit Hour(s)or CSC 1005 - Computer Literacy 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • COM 1250 - Interpersonal Communication SS3 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • CSC 1020 - Problem Solving with (Software Package) 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • ENG 1031 - Technical Writing I CO1 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • MAT 1340 - College Algebra MA1 4 Credit Hour(s)

  • CIS 1018 - Introduction to PC Applications 3 Credit Hour(s) or CSC 1005 - Computer Literacy 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • COM 1250 - Interpersonal Communication SS3 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • CSC 1020 - Problem Solving with (Software Package) 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • ENG 1031 - Technical Writing I CO1 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • MAT 1340 - College Algebra MA1 4 Credit Hour(s)

math & english requirements

  • College Algebraic Literacy 

  • MAT 1340 - College Algebra MA1 4 Credit Hour(s)

  • College Reading & Writing Literacy

  • ENG 1031 - Technical Writing I CO1 3 Credit Hour(s)

Voices of PPSC

Dr. Regina Lewis

Voices of PPSC

Most of the people who work here, they don’t leave here. They retire from here. That says a lot about the school itself. It’s fantastic.

Dr. Regina Lewis
PPSC Communications Department

Computer Networking Faculty Contact

April Frost 
April.Frost@pikespeak.edu
719.502.3398
Centennial Campus F300

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