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Computer Network Administration A.A.S.
Why Choose Computer Network Administration A.A.S. at CLC?

Certified Instructors

Cutting Edge Technology and Emerging/High Demand Skill Sets

Convenient Scheduling: Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as many online offerings.

Microsoft IT Academy, Cisco Networking Academy, CompTIA Authorized Academy

VUE, Prometric and Certiport Test Center Onsite

Education and Career Advisors

Outstanding Career Placement

Extensive, hands-on training, working with industry hardware and software

State-of-the-art Labs- over $500,000 invested in labs

Internships are available in each program

About the Program

Computer network administrators design, install, secure, and support an organization's network infrastructure. They may also plan, coordinate, and direct the computer-related activities of an organization, making sure all parts of a computer network work to meet the organization's goals. Finally, computer network administrators provide day-to-day support for software users and direct the work of other computer specialists such as analysts, programmers, and technicians.

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Computer Network Administration Program is an exciting track offered by Central Lakes College. Coursework includes general networking technologies, network troubleshooting, operating system technologies, disaster recovery, computer repair, and security fundamentals. This program covers an overview of networking technologies that graduates can expect to work with in small to mid-size organization settings and delivers curriculum using current industry software, including Operating System (OS), Network Operating System (NOS) and other applications. CLC's information technology (IT) instructors are industry certified professionals with multiple years of experience in their respective disciplines both in the classroom and in industry. There is 100% placement of our graduates within the IT field.

Chuck Lund
Chuck Lund has over 20 years experience working in the field of information technology, and is currently a Computer Technology Instructor for Central Lakes College, in Brainerd. Chuck maintains industry certifications in networking, hardware repair and maintenance, software and operating system support, and project management.
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Dar Houle
Dar graduated from Brainerd Community College with an Associate of Arts degree. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management and Communications from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dar holds Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certifications from Microsoft and holds Net+, Security+, and Certified Technical Trainer (CTT) certification from CompTIA. Dar worked in management as a director of purchasing for six years and was a senior analyst for a technology consulting firm before moving to Central Lakes College in the fall of 2000. She also spent five years as a customer service representative working with administrative support personnel and doing database programming in both PC and mainframe systems. Office: 218.855.8256
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Ron Houle
Ron Houle - Ron graduated from Brainerd Community College with an Associate of Arts. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Business Management from the College of St. Scholastica. Ron holds Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications from Microsoft and is a Certified Novell Administrator. Ron holds CompTIA Net+ certification and is a CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT). Ron is a published author of an MCDST textbook/manual and a technical editor and frequent reviewer for books focused on Microsoft system engineering, networking, and administration. Ron has been teaching business management and computer technology for over 24 years, spent two years as an Information Systems Manager and 17 years in circulation management with the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis. Office: 218.855.8091
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Luke Andresen
I received an AAS in Computer Programming from St. Cloud Technical College (SCTC)and went to work for an IT consulting firm in St. Cloud. From there, I moved on to a telecommuting job for another consulting firm and was pretty much at home all the time. I found that I needed to get out of the house from time to time and started teaching one night a week at SCTC. That is when I found my passion for teaching. A full time teaching opportunity presented itself at SCTC and I was lucky enough to get it and I taught Computer Programming and Microcomputer Support courses.

My next teaching job brought me to Century College in the Twin Cities teaching primarily Cisco networking courses. Now I am fortunate enough to have earned a position here at Central Lakes College teaching Computer Technology and working to develop a Mobile Applications Development program. I am a first generation college student and a non-traditional student, earning a BAS in Technology Management from Bemidji State University while working full time, supporting a family and paying a mortgage. My background gives me a firm understanding of some of the challenges of earning an education. IT is an awesome field with growth and earning potential for graduates. My hope is that you will find a passion for IT and your success and earnings will follow.
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Student Testimonials
Minnesota Department Of Human Services; Information Technology Specialist 3 Mn.It Services @ State Operated Services
My computer degrees from CLC and St. Scholastica have served me well! Thank you for providing such a wonderful program.
Senior Software Engineer, 7Sigma Systems
My favorite things about the CLC Computer Technology department are the wide range of interesting classes, the friendly, helpful professors,and the affordable cost. CLC is an excellent path to take because it offers so many ways to achieve your goal. The CLC Computer Technology department is always putting the most current technology in front of the students.

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