The Network Technology major offers students specialization in the technical aspects of computers. Emphasis is placed on troubleshooting and repairing personal computers and installing, troubleshooting, and administering a local area network. Students receive hands-on experience in these areas.


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Course Curriculum

Application Dates:  February 1-May 1 (Fall enrollment), August 1-November 1 (Spring enrollment).  This program requires all applicants with a completed file to go through an interview process.  Letters and emails will be sent to students with further instruction.

Semester Start Date(s):  Fall and Spring 

Mission
The Information Systems Department is committed to providing technical computer educational programs to assist in the institution’s mission.

Objectives

  1. To provide the training necessary to gain employment in entry-level positions in technical computer fields.
  2. To familiarize students with a safe working environment using current equipment and software.
  3. To encourage the necessary habits and attitudes concerning personal appearance, neatness, and efficiency necessary in a professional business environment.
  4. To provide an opportunity to learn leadership and teamwork skills through class projects and involvement in the vocational student organization.
  5. To recognize the importance of continuing education.


Program Information
The curriculum is structured to provide students with the opportunity to learn skills required to enter the information systems (IS) field.  The IS Department offers one program major:  Network Technology. This major has been established to correspond with assessed needs within the labor market.


Students must complete the required courses for graduation.


Courses taken in the IS Department at NTI may transfer to another educational institution.  Discussion of this option with advisors from each school is recommended.


Specific course requirements are found in the course syllabus for each class. This program also has an articulation with North Arkansas College. 


  • Length of program:  2 semesters and one summer term.
  • Estimated cost of program including in-state tuition, fees, books, and supplies:  $5,563.


Academic Requirements
Consistent participation, homework, and attendance enable students to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the classroom as well as in a work environment.


Students must maintain a 2.0 or greater cumulative grade point average.  Students with a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 in a semester may be placed on academic probation.

Dress Code
The objective of the IS Department is to help the student develop the skills and attitudes that are necessary to succeed in the computer field.  Every effort is made to inform students of what will be expected of them once they enter the workforce.  Therefore, reasonable dress and appearance are required of all students in the IS Department.  Specific guidelines will be distributed during the first week of each semester.

 Job Possibilities
Career opportunities for graduates of the IS program include:

  • Computer Repair
  • Network Support
  • Desktop Support/Help Desk
  • Network Administration/Maintenance


What You Will Learn
Through the Information Systems program at NTI, you will learn to: Meet the demands of a rapidly   changing computer field, develop the necessary professional attitudes and appearance to compete in the business world, work with others, both employers and customers, to obtain and keep a good job in the business field.

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