Computers, Networks, and Emerging Technology (CNET) Department

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Ohlone's Computers, Networks, and Emerging Technology A.S. and A.A. Degrees and Certificates prepare students for employment in the field of computers, networking, and emerging fields in technology as a computer programmer, database administrator, systems administrator, support specialist, network technician, computer engineer, web developer, or related positions. Students may also prepare for a variety of certifications, such as Cisco Certified Network Associate, Cisco Network Professional, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

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Ohlone College's CNET Department is a Cisco Networking Academy, VMware Authorized Academy, EMC2 Academic Alliance, Citrix Academy, and Microsoft IT Academy.

Computers, Networks, and Emerging Technology Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degrees

Cisco Network Professional A.S. Degree

Designed for professionals who work with traditional Cisco technology-based networks in which LAN and WAN routers and LAN switches predominate. They are involved in network design, configuration, and installation. Configuration techniques increase bandwidth, improve response times, enhance reliability and quality of service (QoS), maximize performance, and improve network security. Get more information about Cisco Network Professional A.S. Degree (PDF).

Desktop Support Technician A.S. Degree

PC Technicians install, fix, repair, and upgrade personal computers. In contrast to Technical Support Specialists, who often support computer software applications, PC Technicians tend to focus on computer hardware. Software is used, but typically only at the operating system level in order to diagnose problems or correctly configure a system. Get more information about Desktop Support Technician A.S. Degree (PDF).

Microsoft Systems Administrator A.S. Degree

Students who complete this program learn the skills and the general knowledge of Microsoft Systems Administration, including an understanding of theory and the development of a solid foundation of system administration skills. Graduates are qualified for entry-level positions in Microsoft Systems Administration. Get more information about Microsoft Systems Administrator A.S. Degree (PDF).

Network Administrator A.S. Degree

Network Administrators manage all of the day-to-day aspects of a computer network. In addition to configuring networks they are responsible for making the network operational 24 hours a day. Tasks performed include installing and configuring new equipment, including desktop PCs and servers, troubleshooting day to day problems and unusual issues with networked equipment, and evaluating the need for upgrades or replacements of current computer hardware and software solutions. Students who achieve this program can become employed as a network administrator in virtually all businesses and enterprises where computers and networks are used. Students are also well prepared for industry certification. Get more information about Network Administrator A.S. Degree (PDF).

Technical Support Specialist A.S. Degree

A Performs any combination of following duties to provide technical support to workers in information processing departments: Develops work goals and department projects. Assigns and coordinates work projects, such as converting to new hardware or software. Designates staff assignments, establishes work priorities, and evaluates cost and time requirements. Reviews completed projects or computer programs to ensure that goals are met and that programs are compatible with other programs already in use. Evaluates work load and capacity of computer system to determine feasibility of expanding or enhancing computer operations. Makes recommendations for improvements in computer system. Modifies, tests, and corrects existing programs. Evaluates and tests vendor-supplied software packages for mainframe computer or microcomputers to determine compatibility with existing system, ease of use, and if software meets user needs. Enters commands into computer to place programs in production status. Inactivates, individually or in combination, each component of computer system, such as central processing unit, tape drives, and mainframe coolers. Tests computer system to determine criticality of component loss. Prioritizes importance of components and writes recommendations for recovering losses and using backup equipment. Assists user to resolve computer-related problems, such as inoperative hardware or software. Trains workers in use of new software or hardware. Reads technical journals or manuals and attends vendor seminars to learn about new computer hardware and software. Writes project reports and documentation for new or modified software and hardware. Get more information about Technical Support Specialist A.S. Degree (PDF).

UNIX/Linux Systems Administrator A.S. Degree

Students who complete this program learn the skills and the general knowledge of UNIX/Linux Systems Administration, including an understanding of theory and the development of a solid foundation of system administration skills. Graduates are qualified for entry-level positions in UNIX/Linux Systems Administration. Get more information about UNIX/Linux Systems Administrator A.S. Degree (PDF).

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree

Natural Science: Mathematics and Technology Emphasis A.A. Degree

Designed to enable students to develop a strong foundation in mathematics and technology. Furthermore, the theoretical knowledge and laboratory skills acquired by students in this emphasis will also enhance their success with obtaining entry-level jobs that require two years of college-level mathematics and technology courses. Classes prepare students for technical careers such as in information technology, systems administration, and networking. Get more information about Natural Science: Mathematics and Technology Emphasis A.A. Degree (PDF).

See also Computer Science degrees and certificates.

Additional Information

Review a sample listing of Courses in this area of study. Review academic requirements in the Catalog and in the Curriculum Guides. All students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review academic program requirements and/or have questions answered.

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Ohlone-Microsoft DreamSpark Program

Free Microsoft operating systems and server software is available for Ohlone CS, CNET, and CAOT students!

All full-time and part-time CS, CNET, and CAOT students are eligible to download operating systems, server application programs, and developer tools that are available through Ohlone College and Microsoft DreamSpark. Download Ohlone-Microsoft DreamSpark program detailed information and procedures (PDF).

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