Kirkwood Community College

Network Security Career Academy


Geek Squadâ„¢ 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.
Career Focus

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
 Based on available Iowa salary data at

Network Security Courses

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

CIS-103 | IT Career Exploration | 1 credit

CIS-121 | Introduction to Programming Logic | 3 credits

Introduces students to basic computer programming ideas and foundational principles such as problem decomposition and step-wise refinement. Explores problem solving using well-developed programming logic derived with pseudo code, flow charts and related techniques. Focuses on translating student developed solutions into simple programs for testing using an instructor-selected, high-level programming or scripting language.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.

NET-122 | Computer Hardware Basics | 3 credits*

Introduces the operation of a modern personal computer from a hardware point of view. Students learn about the basic components of a computer and develop troubleshooting skills for advanced courses. Some of the areas covered include system boards, storage drives, memory and power supplies. In addition, some software topics, such as operating systems, are presented. Low-level laboratory exercises enhance and reinforce understanding of the material covered. 
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.

NET-630 | Cyber Law and Ethics | 3 credits*
Covers basic laws and ethical behavior associated with network security. Topics include discussions about current common practices used to secure networks as well as test them, and the potential these methods can have in creating a secure network environment. Also included are discussions about HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley laws, and the impact they have on information technology practices.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.

* Courses count toward Kirkwood's Network and Administration Program

Career and Transfer Opportunities
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