Computer Network Systems and Security courses cover operating systems, network installation, server administration, wireless networks, system security, and forensics. Students can earn an Associates in Applied Science in Computer Network Systems and Security while being prepared to pass national certifications like CompTIA A+, Network+ and the new Microsoft Technology Associate exams. Come into HATC Building Labs 402E and 402G or Lab 264 at West Campus - Iron Mountain to check out our labs. All CNSS labs run Windows 8.1, MS Office 2013, and use Hyper-V for virtualization..
Computer Network Systems and Security graduates also earn a Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) certificate, which is preferred for IT employment by many government agencies. A Computer Network Systems and Security degree opens many doors of opportunity for employment in the Information Technology field.
A background check is required for students taking some CNSS classes, and in order to earn the degree. This requirement was put in place by local employers who require students who serve co-op work experiences on their worksite or that may be hired do not have a criminal record (any conviction treated as a felony by the court system).
Students who are interested in 4 year degrees can choose between 2 + 2 seamless Articulation to Northern Michigan University or 3 + 1 Transfer Guides to Lake Superior State University or Ferris State University, or stay at home while pursuing online coursework through Franklin University Online. Click on the Transfer Opportunities link for more info.
Employment - According to the State of Michigan, employment in a Computer Network Systems career is looking great through the year 2018. Network Administrators, Computer Systems Analysts, Information Systems managers, and Computer Support Specialists will all experience 20% to 50% increases in position openings between now and the year 2018. Many of these positions will offer starting wages of $17 to $23 per hour.
CNSS Department Job Line for February 2015 - job opportunities in the Central Upper Peninsula continue to improve!
The Computer Network Systems and Security department prepares students for employment in these fields. In recent years, many of our graduates have found employment at $17 per hour or better. So far this year, the CNSS Department has posted on our Job Line more than 50 full time network administration\tech jobs within 75 miles of Escanaba. There are computers in your future...do you see yourself in "computers"?
Click here for State of Michigan Jobs Outlook through 2018.