IT Network/Systems

Information Technologies

student hooking up computer wires

Program Duration

2 years (Four Semesters)

Program Type

Associate of Applied Science

Median North Arkansas Salary

$46,880 computer network specialist; $59,040 network admin (Career Information)

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Why Choose This Program

Students train to work in all phases of IT and get to play/work with some of the coolest gadgets and applications on campus. Internships are available for students interested in improving their technical skills and making contacts within the industry.


 

About The Program

Due to the broad range of careers available in this field, the degree has areas of specialization to accommodate most students’ needs: general, networking and network security. Additionally, specific course requirements may be modified to accommodate student career goals with written approval of the Dean. All options emphasize development of the skills necessary to apply current technology toward solution of today’s business problems.

National Science Foundation Grant for IT Networking


Paying for College

Northark is affordable! We offer nearly $500,000 annually through institutional and foundation scholarships in addition to federal and state aid. See our scholarships and other financial aid programs.

Transfer or Stackable Options

This degree is designed to get students into a career after graduation.

Faculty Contact

Rick Williams
Information Technologies Instructor
(870) 391-3233
rickw@northark.edu

Northark IT student Gage Rice

"I wanted to enroll in the information technologies program, so that I may acquire the skills necessary to become an IT professional. Northark has technology rivaling that of much larger institutions. Here, you have the ability to get hands-on experience as well as work in Northark's sophisticated virtual environment.  The instructors take a personal interest in your learning. They want you to succeed. I've had experience with everything from networking to building virtual machines. I hope to work in IT at Northark or another similar institution in the future."

- Gage Rice, IT student

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an awareness of the social and economic factors that affect the necessity for and security of information technologies in the modern world.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to configure, maintain and troubleshoot standard computing hardware, software and operating systems.
  • Develop the skills necessary to demonstrate knowledge of routing, switching, network applications, protocols, and services.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to design and implement a modern, efficient and sustainable computer network and to perform network administration, management, and security activities.