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Information Technology School in Chicago, IL - Westwood CollegeToday, it seems that when a computer network is down, it can cause a business to nearly shut down all operations. Business relies heavily on information and network technology. Each of our on-ground Westwood College campuses is a Cisco Networking Academy* where our information and network technologies degree program teaches you the skills necessary to prepare for the Cisco Certified Network Associate exam (CCNA).**

Program features include:

  • more than 60% of core contact hours delivered via hands-on lab training
  • Cisco Networking Academy courses to prepare you for the Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) exam
  • courses that prepare you for additional certifications** from Microsoft® and CompTIA®
  • training in the ever-expanding area of wireless technologies

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  *Westwood College - Online Campus is not a Cisco Networking Academy
**Westwood prepares graduates for certification. Graduates wishing to attain certification must take and pass any applicable tests/exams.

  • Course Info

    An IT degree opens up a world of possibilities. Course topics include:

    • Network Essentials
    • Routing Protocols and Concepts
    • Microsoft®Network Operating Systems
    • LAN Switching
    • WAN Technologies
    • Desktop Hardware

    Course breakdown

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    Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

    • Install industry-relevant operating systems
    • Perform administrative functions in secure networks
    • Design and implement networks
    • Troubleshoot hardware and software

    If you are interested in a similar degree at a Westwood California, Colorado, Georgia, Virginia or Online campus, check out our Information Technology program.

    Locations offering this degree:*

    Illinois
    DuPage Campus - Woodridge, IL
    Chicago Loop Campus - Chicago, IL
    O'Hare Airport Campus - Chicago, IL
    River Oaks Campus - Calumet City, IL

    *Not all programs are offered every term. Check with the campus of interest for current program offerings.

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    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

  • Careers

    Where could your Information and Network Technologies degree take you?

    Our Westwood College information and network technologies program provides the educational background and hands-on experience necessary to successfully begin a career in information technology. Our faculty of Cisco-Certified professionals with experience in their fields will provide you with the knowledge, training and insight that you’ll use in your career. Take a look at a few of the career fields that may be available to graduates of this program:*

    • Information security
    • Network architecture
    • Network support
    *Graduates without experience in the field will likely start in entry-level positions. Westwood College does not guarantee employment or salary.  Please refer to westwood.edu/disclosures for important information about our programs, including salary information, job titles and employers of our graduates, as well as information about median loan debt and potential occupations from the Department of Education. Westwood prepares graduates for certification. Graduates wishing to attain certification must take and pass any applicable test/exams.

    Request More Information

    Our graduates receive hands-on, career-focused training. Don't wait another day; start transforming your life into the one you've always wanted.

    request information

    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

  • Employers

    Westwood has prepared our IT school graduates for careers with employers such as:

    • CBeyond Communications
    • Insight Global
    • Intelligis
    • Hewlett Packard
    • Lodgenet Broadband
    • Spectra Logic
    • Tectron International
    • TSI Corporation
    • Veriant Solutions
    • Wipro Technologies

    Westwood College tracks the initial employers of its graduates for accreditation purposes. This list represents a partial list of employers of graduates from this program, drawn from across the Westwood campus system, and contains employers of Westwood College graduates from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. It is not intended to represent an endorsement of Westwood College by the listed employers.

    Comprehensive employment information for graduates from each campus is available.
  • News

    Read about the most recent happenings on Facebook, see what we've been tweeting about or check out our College and Career blog for interesting resources. Our most recent news stories are listed right here:
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  • Graduate Outcomes

    For important information about our programs, including salary information, job titles and employers of our graduates, as well as median loan debt and potential occupations listed by the Department of Education, select the link below related to the campus in which you are interested.

    For recently-added programs where there are no graduates yet, not all data is available  Additional information from those programs will be included in future releases. Data is included for any of the listed campuses where the program was taught.

    The list of SOC codes is based on Department of Education standards. Actual entry-level jobs for graduates in each program may vary. Job codes were pulled from IPEDS CIP-SOC crosswalk as of November 30, 2013. While the Department of Education requires all job titles to be listed, Westwood College has not found that our programs prepare graduates for all job titles listed.