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Computer & Network Technology

The Computer & Network Technology Associates degree offers students both theory and hands-on training in computer equipment servicing and networking. Computer skills development covers the hardware and software systems of current computer technology. Networking skills include switching, routing, server operating systems, directory services and much more. Many classes are built around specific industry certifications.

The program prepares graduates for immediate entry-level employment in any size company utilizing computer technology. Graduates adding industry certification such as A+, Network+, CCNA, etc. have an advantage. The program provides students with the foundation required to build a rewarding career in the continually expanding field of computer service and networking.

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Program Accreditation

Program Accreditation

College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

All required courses for the program must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
CPTR 1110 Visual Basic Programming 3 credits
CPTR 1131 Microcomputer Maintenance 4 credits
CPTR 1136 Networking I 4 credits
CPTR 1138 Information Systems 2 credits
CPTR 1147 Networking II 4 credits
CPTR 1148 Micro Operating Systems 3 credits
CPTR 1171 Fund of Network Security 3 credits
CPTR 2214 Network Operating Sys 3 credits
CPTR 2226 Networking III 3 credits
CPTR 2227 Networking IV 3 credits
CPTR 2231 Unix/Linux 3 credits
CPTR 2252 Micro Systems Project 3 credits
CRLT 2103 Job Seeking/Keeping 1 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
MATH 1110 College Algebra 3 credits
PHIL 1102 Intro to Ethics 3 credits
SPCH 1101 Intro to Public Speaking 3 credits
  G5: History/Social Elec 3 credits
  Program Specific Electives ( *See Elective Course Options Listed Below ) 6 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 60 credits

Program Specific Elective Course Options


Electives for this program may be selected from the following list of courses below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
ACCT 1100Prin of Bookkeeping 3 credits
ACCT 1124Spreadsheet Concepts 3 credits
ADMS 1116Business Communications 3 credits
BUSN 2210Prin of Management 3 credits
BUSN 2218Legal Environment Busn 3 credits
CPTR 1104Intro to Computer Tech 3 credits
CPTR 1106Microcomputer Databases 3 credits
CPTR 1128Help Desk Concepts 3 credits
CPTR 1500Intro Web Concepts 3 credits
CPTR 2242Java Programming 3 credits
CPTR 2294Internship 3 credits
MKTG 2201Prin of Sales 3 credits
MKTG 2205Prin of Retailing 3 credits
MKTG 2306Small Business Mgmt 3 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

  1. Student will properly design, build, and maintain computer networks.

  2. Student will properly configure, install, and maintain computer networking hardware.

  3. Student will recommend, install, and configure appropriate operating systems.

  4. Student will evaluate and recommend appropriate software for a variety of computer service/networking situations.

  5. Student will properly troubleshoot and maintain software.

  6. Student will properly recommend fault-tolerance and security methods for critical information systems.

  7. Student will demonstrate professional oral and written communications skills required an Information Technology Professional.

  8. Student will demonstrate professional workplace habits including punctuality, attitudes, behaviors, and craftsmanship expected of the computer industry.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Job Openings

Counselors are available in the Career Center to assist with career advising, job search resources, employer connections, occupational descriptions, employment outlook, earnings, education/training requirements and sources.

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Faster than average growth is expected in the next few years. Growth in networking of microcomputer systems in companies of every size offers more employment opportunities for the graduate. The Microsoft certification should allow graduates to work in any size business. Opportunities are best for those who have both training and experience on a variety of systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Novell NetWare, and UNIX. Graduates find positions as:

  • Computer Sales and Service Reps
  • Computer Service Helpdesk
  • Computer Service Technician

The employment outlook for computer network support specialists in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 9.8%, a average growth career.

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Don Campbell
  • Computer & Network Technology Instructor
  • (218) 793-2571
  • Donald Fischer
  • Computer & Network Technology Instructor
  • (218) 793-2580