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Demand for information technology professionals is strong and growing. Jobs in computer networking are projected to grow as fast as average or faster, with earnings potential above average salaries. The work can be often found across industries and is needed in both small and large organizations. Employees with these skills are highly valued.

The Computer Networking certificate is for students who have already completed an associate degree or higher, who are seeking to expand their skill set to change or enhance their careers. This certificate offers a solid background in network design and administration for a student looking for a career in networking. Students completing the certificate in computer networking will be prepared to take the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching exam.

Students earning this certificate can find work as a network engineer in an IT department in one of the many area companies in the region.

Vermont Technical College offers a series of certificates for students who have already completed a degree, either at Vermont Tech or elsewhere, and who are seeking to expand their skill set to a new domain. Each certificate consists of 6-8 courses within a discipline and provide the essential material for that discipline. Certificates require all students to have previously earned an associate degree (or higher) from an accredited institution. These certificates expect little specialized preparation, although they may require an appropriate math or science background as noted.

Advanced certificates require all students to have previously earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. The advanced certificates require a more substantial background, such as completing a minor in the field or earning a basic certificate in the area.

To earn a certificate, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA for the entire certificate of at least 3.0. Courses where the final grade is below a C do not count toward the certificate, but with the permission of the host department, a subsequent course may be substituted for use in the certificate. For students with a particularly strong background, up to 2 courses may be waived by department permission.

  • Scholarships: While there are no program-specific scholarships available at this time, additional scholarships are available.  

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Employment of network and computer system administrators is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022.

Employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth will be highest at firms that provide cloud computing technology.

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