Networking Specialist

Program Overview

The Networking Specialist diploma program is a sequence of courses designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts, principles, and techniques required in computer information processing.  Graduates are to be competent in the general areas of humanities or fine arts, social or behavioral sciences, and natural sciences or mathematics, as well as in the technical areas of computer terminology and concepts, program design and development, system design and analysis, security, troubleshooting, and computer networking.  Program graduates are qualified for employment as networking specialists.

Students may enter the Networking Specialist diploma program any semester. A full-time student can complete this program in 5 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 54 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Networking Specialist diploma program must show initiative; be willing to continue education as technology advances; be interested in operating systems and applications, networking theory and solutions, configuring, and troubleshooting; be organized; have the ability to multi-task; and possess a strong work ethic.

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • North Campus (Sandersville)
  • South Campus (Dublin)
  • Online (Distance Education)

Salary Potential

$30,000.00 – $50,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $7,055.00
Books & Supplies:  $1,900.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the above programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Computer Information Systems-Networking Specialist diploma program are prepared for performing many different types of jobs. Graduates can find employment in the areas of computer hardware and software sales, installation and repair, computer networking, system design and analysis, security, troubleshooting, and software and technical support. Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet assessment requirements by taking the entrance placement test. In lieu of the placement test, official scores on COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT or GED may be substituted.



Course Overview

  • ENGL1010Fundamentals of English I3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MATH1012Foundations of Mathematics3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • EMPL1000Interpersonal Relations & Prof Devlpmnt2 credit hours30 contact hours
  • CIST1001Computer Concepts4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • CIST1122Hardware Installation and Maintenance4 credit hours105 contact hours
  • and one of the following:
  • CIST1401Computer Networking Fundamentals4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • credit hours contact hours
  • COLL1060Introduction to College and Computers3 credit hours50 contact hours
  • XXXXXXXXCIS Operating Systems Course3 credit hours0 contact hours
  • XXXXXXXXCIS Security Course3 credit hours0 contact hours
  • XXXXXXXXGuided Elective - 9 Credit Hours9 credit hours contact hours
  • CIST2411Microsoft Client4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • CIST2412Microsoft Server Directory Services4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • CIST2413Microsoft Server Infrastructure4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • XXXXXXXXMS Elective4 credit hours0 contact hours
  • Credit Hours: 54