DEGREES IN Information Technology – Cybersecurity & Network Administration
Cybersecurity Associate of Applied Science
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Network Administration Associate of Applied Science
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PC Specialist Diploma
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Why Choose This Program
A Network Administration degree from SCTCC provides rigorous hands-on and inquiry-based coursework focused on up-to-date Windows equipment and software, current techniques, and best practices. Our technology curriculum is built on the combined efforts of staff, faculty, and industry partners.
The Cybersecurity major brings together foundational information, technology knowledge, and focused cybersecurity skills to develop knowledgeable and capable security specialists.
Our curriculum provides students with the ability to plan and implement security measures for the protection of computer networks, systems, and data. We provide hands-on coursework that includes incident response, forensic examination of hardware and networks, system hardening, and offensive security methodologies.
Our students at SCTCC experience cross-disciplinary learning, hands-on activities, and project-based learning to engage them in applying their new skills to real-world scenarios that are in high demand in today's IT industry.
Placement rate from self-reported data of employment in field of study up to one year post graduation. Wage data is from Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
From Degree to Career
When you choose the Information Technology program at SCTCC, you’ll gain skills that will directly transfer to the workplace. There are several employers in the St. Cloud area that are ready to hire including CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital, City of St. Cloud, US Bank, and more.
Students in our Informational Technology program are equipped with the skills needed to succeed in the workforce. Our graduates understand computer hardware, software installation, configuration, management, and security.
With a degree from SCTCC, students can support and train users on a variety of computer, server, networking, and security related topics and can use network management skills, L2 Switches, configurations, management, security, access, VLANs, encryption, and remote management.
Our graduates can utilize router management, configuration, routing tables, and protocols, IPv4 and IPv6, security, VPN, remote management, load balancing, QoS, DHCP, DNS, NAT, PAT, and packet forwarding concepts.
We even teach students Wireless Network management, configuration, DHCP, MAC address access lists, security, Linux workstation, server installation, configuration, command line system management, and troubleshooting.
To ensure success within the workforce, our graduates can install, configure, and manage Microsoft Windows Desktop and Server operating systems. They even know the Active Directory best practices in configuration and operation, Group Policy management in an enterprise environment, and PowerShell automation.
After graduation, SCTCC students can utilize information systems security including intrusion detection, ethical hacking, incident response, and general security assessment and auditing. Our students can even install, configure, and manage the Microsoft enterprise applications, MS-SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, and System Center.
Students receiving a degree in Cybersecurity receive the best training at SCTCC to excel in their future careers. Our students understand the broader implications of information security in the workplace and in a globally-connected network.
We teach our students how to analyze situations where security could be improved and develop an efficient and effective solution, maintain a personal knowledge-base for past, present, and future security situations and solutions, and perform their duties with discretion and high ethical standards when dealing with sensitive data.
- Computer hardware and software installation, configuration and management and security
- Support and training of end users on a variety of computer, server, networking and security related topics
- Network management skills L2 Switches, configurations, management, security, access, VLANs, encryption and remote management
- Router management, configuration, routing tables and protocols, IPv4 and IPv6, security, VPN, remote management, load balancing, QoS, DHCP, DNS, NAT, PAT, and packet forwarding concepts
- Wireless Network management, configuration, DHCP, MAC address access lists, and security
- Installation, configuration and management of Microsoft Windows Desktop and Server operating systems. Active Directory best practices in configuration and operation. Group Policy management in an enterprise environment. PowerShell automation
- Linux workstation and server installation and configuration. Command line system management and troubleshooting
- Information systems security including intrusion detection, ethical hacking, incident response and general security assessment and auditing
- Microsoft enterprise application installation, configuration and management of MS-SQL, SharePoint, Exchange and System Center
- Understand the broader implications of information security in the workplace and in a globally-connected network.
- Analyze situations where security could be improved and develop an efficient and effective solution.
- Maintain a personal knowledge-base for past, present and future security situations and solutions.
- Perform their duties with discretion and high ethical standards when dealing with sensitive data.
Graduating with a degree in Informational Technology from SCTCC allows students with various career options. Our graduates have worked with IT Helpdesks, desktop and server assembly, configuration and support, system upgrade and repair, and even user training.
SCTCC students have even worked in credible positions such as network administrators, systems administrators, and network support specialists.
The SCTCC Cybersecurity curriculum includes a strong combination of skills, and when those skills are combined with very attainable certifications, there are opportunities for excellent job placement.
SCTCC graduates have worked as computer security specialists, security analysts, and network analysts.
SCTCC graduates from the Informational Technology and Cybersecurity program can find employers anywhere technology is used to drive a business. Students have found jobs with internet service providers, cloud hosting providers, medical facilities, and cellular data systems.
Our graduates have even found careers with electronics sales and service companies, city and county government, supply-chain management systems, cloud dependent services, and countless other industries dependent on IT infrastructure.
A day in the life of an SCTCC Information Technology graduate includes working as a system administrator for Marco Technologies. These graduates utilize the skills learned in the classroom at SCTCC to succeed in their career.
Employment includes positions in
- IT Helpdesk
- Desktop and server assembly
- Configuration, and support
- Systems upgrade and repair
- User training
- Network administrator
- Systems administrator
- Network support specialist
- Computer Security Specialist
- Security Analyst
- Network Security Analyst
The curriculum includes a strong combination of skills, and when they are combined with very attainable certifications, there are opportunities for excellent job placement.
Anywhere technology is used to drive business:
- Internet service providers
- Cloud hosting providers
- Medical facilities
- Cellular data systems
- Electronics sales and service
- City and county government
- Supply-chain-management systems
- Cloud dependent services
- Countless other industries dependent on IT infrastructure
Our graduates have found employers in the St. Cloud community with CentraCare St. Cloud Hospitals, City of St. Cloud, and even St Cloud Technical & Community College.
Several graduates from our Informational Technology have also worked with leading companies such as Tek Systems, US Bank, StratX IT, Marco Technologies, and Capital One.
- CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital
- Tek Systems
- City of St. Cloud
- US Bank
- StratX IT
- Marco Technologies
- Capital One
- St. Cloud Technical & Community College
Our Network Administration program has an articulation agreement with Metropolitan State University. Upon completion of your AAS Degree in Network Administration from SCTCC, you can pursue your Bachelors in Information Assurance by transferring in your first two years.
Ready to Take the Next Step?
Are you ready to learn more about the Information Technology program and being a student at SCTCC? Visit SCTCC for a tour or an information session.
Connect with the SCTCC Admissions team:
- Call us at 320-308-5089
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- On campus Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Paying for College
Students choose SCTCC for a lot of reasons, but saving money is one reason we hear from almost every student at SCTCC. We’ve got a breakdown of the costs for the program, along with information on financial aid and scholarships.
In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect a cost of $800-1500 for books, supplies, and materials.
Scholarships available for those who are planning on going into a computer-related career:
- Lee Boraas
- SCTCC Faculty & Staff Funded
To maximize accessibility for students, you can apply one time to be considered for all eligible scholarships.
The Information Technology program has some degrees that require Windows laptops:
- Network Administration
- PC Specialist
Instructions for Purchasing SCTCC Standard Laptop Bundles
- Go to the vendor website where you will find laptop pricing and specifications. Vendor site: https://store.nowmicro.com
- Register as an individual and follow the prompts to set-up online profile or login in if you already have an account.
- Once you submitted registration please check your email for password.
- Once logged into the store site, enter keyword “SCTCC” under the product search to access school-approved laptop bundle options.
*NOTE: Customers must select Credit Card as Payment Method, and either FedEx Ground or Will Pick Up at Store as Delivery Method. Orders that do not comply with these instructions will not be processed.
Program Info for Current Students
Students in our Informational Technology program have the opportunity to join the SCTCC Computer Club. This club provides hands-on real world experience by volunteering with local businesses and organizations. Students actively participating in the club have several opportunities to compete in state and national competitions including SkillsUSA, Cisco NetRiders, and the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.
- NetGain Hosting
- City of St. Cloud
- Morrison County IT Department
- Larson Boats
- Cold Spring (Granite)
- Delta Data
Information Technology Instructors
Computer Systems Networking Instructor
Computer Systems Networking Instructor