The Computer Information Systems: System and Network Administration A.A.S. degree prepares you for employment as a network and system administrator.
The program provides students with a strong information systems and business background, with further specialization in network security, programming and scripting, operating system (OS) administration and network management.
This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation in the fields of computer science, information technology (IT), informatics or technology and computer information systems. Some graduates may wish to transfer to a four-year institution.
The college also offers the following related degree programs:
This program is offered by the Computing and Information Sciences Department.
Entrance and Course Requirements
- The curriculum contains the Cisco Network Academy. It is one of a select few programs in New York State to teach both the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) curriculum, as most colleges only teach through the CCNA.
- Hudson Valley Community College maintains two system and network administration labs in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center (BTC) to support the CSA curriculum.
Program can be completed by attending entirely in the evening.
Career and Transfer Opportunities
Common careers for students completing the System and Network Administration A.A.S. degree include: Network and Computer System Administrator, Certified Novell Administrator (CNA), Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP).
Recent employers have included: 3D Technology; Auto Mate; Business Automation Services; City of Albany; Deep Blue Communications; Department of Health; GlobalFoundries; Hewlet Packard; Infrastructure; Liberty Health Care; Momentive Performance Systems; NYS Department of Housing; NYS Department of Labor; NYS Education Department; New York State Police Call Center; St. Peter's Health Partners; and The Sage Colleges.
Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Network and Computer System Administrator, $77,810.
The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the program should be able to:
- Identify, assess, distinguish and utilize data, information and computing systems with respect to their quality, proper use and storage.
- Analyze processes and problems and develop and apply information system based solutions.
- Demonstrate intermediate system and network management abilities to support real life business networking requirements.
For more information regarding this program, please contact:
Brahan Hall, Room 206
For more information about admission to this program, please contact:
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223