Computers, Networks, and Emerging Technology (CNET) Department

System and network administration courses, Information Technology (IT) training, and more! Learn the skills necessary to work in today's high tech work environment.

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.

Download the Information Communication Technology (ICT) brochure (PDF, 8.8 MB).

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

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Computers, Networks, and Emerging Technology Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degrees

Database Administration A.S. Degree

The associate degree and the Certificate of Achievement in Database Administration prepare students to either enter the workforce as an entry-level information and communication technologies (ICT) professional or pursue a baccalaureate degree in computer science. Most graduates who enter the workforce work as database administrators or database associates. Other possible careers open to graduates of an associate degree in database administration include database program designer, database programmer (application developer), and database analyst. Get more information about Database Administration A.S. Degree (PDF).

Information Technology A.S. Degree

Computer support technicians provide technical assistance to computer users. They answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, via telephone, or electronically. They may provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems. Computer network technicians analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. They perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption. Get more information about Information Technology A.S. Degree (PDF).

IT Service and Support A.S. Degree

Desktop Support technicians provide a single point of contact for end users to receive support and maintenance within the organization's desktop computing environment. This includes installing, diagnosing, repairing, maintaining, and upgrading all PC hardware and equipment to ensure optimal workstation performance. The person will also troubleshoot problem areas (in person, by telephone, or via email) in a timely and accurate fashion, and provide end-user assistance where required. Get more information about IT Service and Support 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).

System Administration A.S. Degree

System Administrators are responsible for the upkeep, configuration, and reliable operation of computer systems, especially multi-user computers such as servers. The system administrator seeks to ensure that the uptime, performance, resources, and security of the computers he or she manages meet the needs of the users, without exceeding the budget. To meet these needs a system administrator may acquire, install, or upgrade computer components and software; automate routine tasks; write computer programs; troubleshoot; train and/or supervise staff; and provide technical support. Get more information about System Administration 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 discuss their long-range academic plan.

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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.

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