Networking and Virtualization

The Rowan-Cabarrus Networking and Virtualization program combines two important information technology functions.

Networking trains students to understand the fundamental concepts and technologies required to establish and administer a computer network. Students in this program learn network analysis and design, TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol), local area networks, wide area networks and troubleshooting. Programs supplement classroom instruction with lab work that has students working directly with networking technology.

Additionally Network Virtualization, otherwise known as the Cloud, prepares students for careers as network administrators, network engineers, and network specialists. This program provides a study of the skills necessary to plan, design, implement, and administer virtualized environments including storage processes, virtualized servers, and virtualized desktops.

Courses within the program prepare students for industry certification exams offered by Cisco (CCENT), CompTIA (A+), EMC (EMCPA in storage and cloud infrastructure), and VMware (VCP and VCP-DT).

Quick Facts
  • Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks.
  • Employment of network administrators will increase 8% over the 2014-2024 decade.¬†Evolving technology and escalating information security concerns will drive growth.
  • Network and computer systems administrators earned an annual median salary of $77,810 as of May 2015.

These certifications also have the power to open the door for interviews that a degree alone might not provide. The rapidly changing market demands that workers in the IT industry commit to ongoing education and certification consistent with evolving industry needs.

John Brand

Instructor in Networking and Virtualization

Instructors at Rowan-Cabarrus took the time to make sure we all understood, their doors were always open.

Chris Alexander

Alumni