Information & Engineering

Computer Networking Technology

CATEC's Computer Networking Technology program provides opportunities for students to learn the basics of computer networking including hardware and software. Year 1 skills include installation, configuration, operation and troubleshooting of medium-sized routed and switched networks as well as computer and network hardware repair and troubleshooting. Wireless networking is also introduced. It provides a hands-on introduction to networking and the Internet, using tools and hardware commonly found in home and small business environments. It familiarizes students with servers that provide e-mail services, Web space, and authenticated access. Year 2 skills include familiarization with equipment applications and protocols installed in enterprise networks, with a focus on switched networks, IP Telephony requirements, and security. It also introduces advanced routing protocols such as Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Protocol. Hands-on exercises, including configuration, installation, and troubleshooting, reinforce student learning.Students will also design a network. Students follow a standard design process to expand and upgrade each network, which includes requirements gathering, proof-of-concept, and project management.

courses, credit, and certifications


Students receive up to 3 high school elective credits each year for successful completion of the program. Passage of the certification exam will award the student 2 student-verified elective credits, one of which can be substituted for a verified credit in either science or history.


ClassState CodeDurationGrades(s)Dual EnrollmentCredentialsAM or PM
Computer Network Hardware I&II8542/85431 year10-12Year 1 – 16 PVCC creditsN/AAM PM
Computer Network Hardware III&IV8544/85451 year10-12Year 2 – 4 PVCC creditsCISCO CCENT, CompTIA A+AM PM


Year 1- CompTIA ITF, Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment

Year 2- Cisco CCENT, CompTIA A+, Cisco CCNA-RS


The computer networking program is dual enrolled with Piedmont Virginia Community College. Students successfully completing the program may receive up to 20 college credits during the two-year program.

YearCollege Course CodesCollege Course NameCredit Per CourseCollege
Year 1ITN101Intro to Networking4PVCC
Year 1ETR149PC Repair3PVCC
Year 1ITN106Microcomputer Operating Systems3PVCC
Year 1ITN111Windows Server Administration3PVCC
Year 1ETR164Upgrading & Maintaining PCs3PVCC
Year 2ITN260Network Security Basics4PVCC


Educational PathwaysCareer Pathways
1 CATECCCENT, CompTIA A+Technical Support
Help Desk Operator
Support Technician
Network Support Technician
Network Support Engineer
2 CATECCCNA-RSNetwork Administration
Network Auditor
System Integrator
Network Administrator
3 CATECCyber SecuritySecurity Administration
Network Security Administrator
Network Security Specialist
4 PVCCCCNPNetwork Engineering
5 PVCCLPI-LinuxNetwork Design

Piedmont Virginia Community College 

  • Computer Science, A.S.D.

University of Virginia

  • Computer Science, BS
  • Computer Science, BA

Virginia Tech

  • Computer Science, BS


  • Career Opportunity: Computer Network Support Specialist

Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.

  • National Wage Average: $63,000..00
  • Virginia Wage Average: $66,000.00
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +9%
  • Career Opportunity: Information Security Analyst, Cyber Security

Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

  • National Wage Average: $98,000.00
  • Virginia Wage Average: $109,000.00
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +41%