Network Support Specialist Program

The Network Support Specialist program provides the networking training needed to pursue or advance an IT career in networking. This networking training program will prepare students to take the CCNA certification exam, CompTIA Security+, and Network+ certification exams.
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Program overview

All courses recommended for college credit by ACE Career services Support. Eligible for VA Tuition Benefits. Cost of one exam voucher covered by ACI Learning for each course.

Is this training for me?

This certification prep program is best suited for entry-level students with little to no prior experience who want expert, live, hands-on networking training with plenty of labs that offer real-world experience.

This program targets entry-level CCNA jobs such as Network Support Specialist, Network Technician, Network Administrator, and similar IT job roles.

Learn through instruction, practice labs, randomly generated quizzes, ITPro video content, study games, group discussion, and more.

Targeted Certifications
CompTIA Network+
CompTIA Security+
CCNA
Duration: 8-week training period
Level: Intermediate

Courses in this program

UNIT 1: CompTIA Network+

CompTIA Network+ covers the fundamental skills and concepts that you will need to use on the job in any type of networking career. Throughout the course you will be able to apply skills learned through a variety of virtual labs, test yourself with quizzes, and be able to dive into content using videos on each topic. Upon completion of all course materials and self-study, you will be prepared for the CompTIA Network+ examination.

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UNIT 2: CompTIA Security+

If you’re ready to begin a career in IT security, this course is the perfect starting point: CompTIA Security+ is a globally recognized certification that validates the skills required to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career. That means that employers will know you’re job-ready when you apply for your first role. This course prepares you for the CompTIA Security+ exam and is recommended for ACE credit. The cost of the exam is covered by ACI Learning.

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UNIT 3: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) proves you have what it takes to handle the always changing nature of the IT landscape. Networking as a skill has never been in more demand, as more and more employers expand their networks and recognize the need to secure them against threats. Become a networking professional with this certification, which validates the skills required to administer networking fundamentals, IP services, security fundamentals, automation and programmability. This course prepares you for the Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA) 200-301 exam and is recommended for ACE credit. The cost of the exam is covered by ACI Learning.

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UNIT 1: CompTIA Network+

CompTIA Network+ covers the fundamental skills and concepts that you will need to use on the job in any type of networking career. Throughout the course you will be able to apply skills learned through a variety of virtual labs, test yourself with quizzes, and be able to dive into content using videos on each topic. Upon completion of all course materials and self-study, you will be prepared for the CompTIA Network+ examination.

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UNIT 2: CompTIA Security+

If you’re ready to begin a career in IT security, this course is the perfect starting point: CompTIA Security+ is a globally recognized certification that validates the skills required to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career. That means that employers will know you’re job-ready when you apply for your first role. This course prepares you for the CompTIA Security+ exam and is recommended for ACE credit. The cost of the exam is covered by ACI Learning.

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UNIT 3: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) proves you have what it takes to handle the always changing nature of the IT landscape. Networking as a skill has never been in more demand, as more and more employers expand their networks and recognize the need to secure them against threats. Become a networking professional with this certification, which validates the skills required to administer networking fundamentals, IP services, security fundamentals, automation and programmability. This course prepares you for the Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA) 200-301 exam and is recommended for ACE credit. The cost of the exam is covered by ACI Learning.

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Job outlook

This training is designed to prepare students for their certification exams and make sure they’re ready for the challenges of related job roles. The IT industry is growing like never before and employers all over the world are looking to fill these job roles with qualified individuals.

Potential IT Career Tracks

Individuals who complete this training and the CCNA certification may qualify for the following job roles:

  • Entry level network engineer
  • Help desk technician
  • Network administrator
  • Network support technician
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Network Administrator salary information

Average Salary
$66,698 per year
Salary Range
$58,990 to $76,045

*Salary.com, 2023 Salary data source

Here’s how it works

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Get trained

Get traditional instruction plus hands-on labs to prepare you for your IT certification exams. Train for the certifications you need to kickstart your career in IT.

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Prep for exams

Take advantage of one-on-one support from an Instructor Mentor, as well as quizzes, virtual labs, study games, videos, practice exams, and more as you prepare.

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Launch your career

Each Tech Academy has a Career Services team that offers one-on-one support to perfect your resume, optimize your LinkedIn, and connect you with a network of local employers.

Ambrose Broswell’s Success Story

I love helping people, and I love solving problems. In IT, you get to do both! If this is a career you want to take, then, absolutely, dive in, and sign up!

Ambrose Boswell, Alum

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State financial aid, military funding, and scholarships

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult and Dislocated Worker Program
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC)
Post 9/11 GI Bill® Education Program
Ascent Student Loan