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Network Systems Pathway

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
Students are educated on network hardware and software through the use of cable, fiber optics or wireless communication. Students will understand networking technology for local area networks (LANs) and for connecting to larger networks and the Internet.

You Will Learn
  • How to quickly identify, document and solve problems.
  • How to keep measurements on how the network is performing.
  • How to install upgrades with a minimum of disruption.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Network Systems - PDF

Industry Certification
Earn industry certification in this Pathway.
- Network Systems Industry Certification - PDF

  • CompTIA Network+
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) – Exam 98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) – Exam 98-366 Network Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) – Exam 98-367 Security Fundamentals

Student Leadership Organization
IT students who want to participate in a student leadership organization can choose between the following organizations.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
FBLA provides students with opportunities for leadership, community involvement, business partnerships, and competition with other students in events ranging from Public Speaking to Job Interview to Parliamentary Procedures.

SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. The organization builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education, and pride in the dignity of work.

Technology Student Association (TSA)
TSA is the only student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in technology education classes in grades K-12. Students participate in chapter fund-raising activities and community service projects. Leadership training is offered to student officers at the local, state or nation levels.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Computer Operator
  • Help Desk Technician
  • IT Education Teacher
  • Microcomputer Support Specialist
  • Network Control Operator
  • Technical Support Specialist
Workforce Trends
Growth will be driven by rapid increases in the computer and data processing services industry. Employment prospects should be favorable, especially for candidates who have either a degree in computer science or computer engineering or an MBA with a concentration in information systems.

Source: Utah Department of Workforce Services

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