Get on the fast track to a career in computers with Pierce College's Computer Network Engineering program. Get top-notch classroom training and hands-on experience with servers and client systems, and network hardware and software, while learning a full range of network design, installation, administration, security, and support activities. Students who complete the program will be prepared for a wide range of careers in companies that use or service network computer systems.
Enrollment is open throughout the year, but a fall quarter start is recommended.
Students must have a GED or high school diploma, and are advised to take a skills assessment test through the Pierce College testing center.
Full-time students can generally complete the certificate in Computer Network Engineering in one year, while the associate's degree takes about two.
Students who earn a certificate or associate's degree in Computer Network Engineering from Pierce are prepared for entry-level positions in that field. However, some of the credits included in the associate's degree option are transferable to a limited number of four-year colleges, including The Evergreen State College.
Students intending to transfer into a four-year program are asked to work closely with their academic advisor.
Special program features
Pierce's Computer Network Engineering courses are taught primarily in the evenings to accommodate busy schedules.
Workers with training in computer network systems are in high demand across a wide variety of businesses, industries, and services. Pierce graduates have historically posted high employment rates after completing their training program, and it is anticipated this trend will continue well into the future.
Financial aid and scholarships are frequently available to students who qualify. In addition, special funding may be available for unemployed workers or low-wage working parents.