IT Networking and Virtualization/Cloud Academy

IT Networking and Virtualization/Cloud Academy

Explore Networking and Cloud Careers

Geek Squad™ beware! Unique, hands-on hybrid learning environment with networking, programming logic, computer support, and PC hardware.

Information technology is part of our everyday lives. Careers in this field will continue to grow exponentially, especially in the next decade. This academy exposes students at an introductory level to Networking, Programming, and PC Hardware to give them a better idea of which path would be best suited for them.

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Course offerings may vary. Visit your nearest Kirkwood location website or high school for local course options.

NET-130 | Computer Concepts | 3 credits
Introduces the operation of computers from a hardware and software perspective. Teaches the basic elements of a computer system and develops troubleshooting skills for advanced courses. Covers system boards, storage drives, memory, power supplies, and software considerations (such as BIOS, drivers and operating systems) necessary to understanding how computers work. Enhances and reinforces understanding of the material covered through low-level laboratory exercises. Offers A+ certification topics for the benefit of those who plan to take the CompTIA exam.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B


NET-165 | Network Plus | 3 credits*
Prepares users for a basic introduction to networking, and can also be used to prepare for CompTIA's Network+ certification exam. Presents current networking hardware and software along with the skills necessary to succeed in the field of networking. Covers protocols, network design and implementation, and troubleshooting and support.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B


CIS-135 | Microcomputer Operating Systems | 3 credits
Introduces and familiarizes students with a variety of operating systems in both the graphic user interface (GUI) and command line interfaces (CLI). The systems include Windows, macOS, and Linux. Students review the strengths of each system, including general system management and software support.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B


BCA-189 | Microcomputer Literacy | 1 credit
Introduces the student to the personal computer concepts and basic computer applications. Students gain knowledge and skills in the basic concepts of Microsoft Windows and Word. They also gain experience using the Internet and email. The course introduces students to spreadsheet and presentation software. This introductory course is intended for students with no knowledge or experience using personal computers. 
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B


NET-119 | Virtualization and Cloud Concepts | 3 credits
Introduces learners to the topics of cloud and virtualization. Teaches the components, types, benefits, and uses of virtualization. Explores the role virtualization plays in the cloud, software-defined datacenter, and the imaging/deployment of computers. Enhances and reinforces understanding of the material covered through low-level laboratory exercises.
Prereq: A minimum grade of C- in Computer Concepts (NET-130)
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

*Course counts toward Kirkwood's Network and Administration Program.

CompTIA's Network+ certification exam is the starting point for a career in the information technology industry. Become better prepared for a wide variety of college majors focusing on computer science fields.

Average Salaries

Systems Administrator

Document Management Specialist

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The Networking & Computer Support Academy can lead students to college certificates, diplomas, associate's, bachelor's, and graduate degrees.

Examples of college majors include, but are not limited to: Computer Support Specialist, Computer Programmer, Computer Information Systems, CISCO.

If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at All About Transferring.