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2021-22 Catalog 
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Computer Network Technology, A.S.*

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Program Design

The Computer Network Technology associate degree program provides students with both a broad and in-depth background in computer networking concepts and technologies. It covers the fundamentals of computer network theory as well as practical network connectivity device configuration, administration of networked client-server computer operating systems, computer hardware design and maintenance and computer programming.

Students will have hands-on access to HP and CISCO networking equipment. Advanced high-end computer labs allow each student to build individual VMware based virtual networks comprised of large-scale client-server configurations.

The Computer Network Technology associate degree program prepares students for entry-level positions in the computer networking and system administration professions.

Students who are interested in programming should consider the Computer Science A.A. degree.


Students may enroll in this program full- or part-time. With full time attendance, the degree is designed to be a two-year program. The certificate is also a two-year program. Courses are offered during daytime and/or evening hours (the certificate may be completed with all night classes). For students who don’t meet the math prerequisite requirements for either the math or computer programming/networking courses in the program, MCC offers a wide range of preparatory courses. Math courses are offered fall, spring and summer.

Students have the choice of several programming languages for the one semester of required programming. However, Python is the preferred language and is strongly recommended. If the student so chooses, additional semesters of programming can count toward the requirement for two technical electives.

The following sequence of core courses is recommended:

1st Semester (FA & SP)  CST*131 Networking Theory & Application

2nd Semester (SP)          CST*237 SysAdmin I - Client/Server

3rd Semester (FA)           CST*238 SysAdmin II - Client/Server

4th Semester (SP)           CST*132 Networking Infrastructure

Varies (FA or SP)             CST*141 Computer Hardware   


Four of the five core courses are only offered once a year in either the fall or spring semester.

CST*131 is a prerequisite for the other four core courses in the program and must be taken first.

CST*237 and CST*238 can be taken in any order, but at least one of them must be taken before CST*132.

Students may wish to consult with a computer science/networking faculty advisor (Richard Gnall rgnall@manchestercc.edu) to plan their program and schedule of classes, and to discuss required course prerequisites.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Computer Network Technology degree program requirements, graduates will

  1. Differentiate and understand the role and function of various current and emerging technologies, including, but not limited to computer networking, system administration, computer hardware, programming and related Internet technologies.
  2. Implement basic switching and routing technologies used in computer networks.
  3. Demonstrate and implement advanced networking infrastructure concepts.
  4. Demonstrate skill in the installation, configuration, maintenance, upgrading and troubleshooting of computer operating systems at both the workstation and server levels in both stand-alone and networked environments.
  5. Describe basic computer organization and the relationship between hardware components and the operating system.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to understand a problem and develop logically structured solutions through the use of a modern programming language such as Python, Java, C++ or C#.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

Computer Network Technology Requirements

Total Minimum Credits Required: 61-63


Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. See below for more detail about this exciting transition!

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. Connecticut State Community College (CT State), a statewide college comprised of all Connecticut’s current community college locations, plans to open its doors in the Fall 2023. Here are some important facts students need to know:

  • the final commencement ceremony for Manchester Community College is scheduled for May 2023. Ceremonies will continue to be held at each location as campuses of CT State.
  • as a part of the planned merger, students continuing their studies beyond summer term 2023 will be matched with the CT State program that most closely aligns with their Spring 2023 major and is offered at the Manchester location,
  • students beginning Associate degree programs in Fall 2021 should plan with their advisor/program coordinator to attend full-time if they wish to graduate prior to the planned merger,
  • students who begin an Associate degree program in January 2022 would be anticipated to complete their degree at the merged college, Connecticut State Community College,
  • in all cases, the College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption and staying in touch with your advisor/program coordinator is essential,
  • further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page:  www.ct.edu/ctstate/academics.

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