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Are you interested in cybersecurity, computer networking and server administration?
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The future of Computer Networking and Information Technology has tremendous growth and multiple career opportunities for those with the right skills and experience. UW-Stout's  Computer Networking and Information Technology program (formerly Information Technology Management) program will provide you with the strong technical, communication, teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills you need to succeed.

Our IT industry experienced faculty will challenge you with hands-on experience in our cutting-edge computer network laboratories. CNIT classes with embedded industry certification examinations will prepare you for rewarding, high paying careers as a:

  • Network engineer
  • Security analyst
  • Network consultant
  • Network and systems administrator
  • IT project manager
Throughout the four years that I have been at UW-Stout, I have been amazed by the opportunities.
Cody Lewandowski B.S. Computer Networking and Information Technology
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Our local, national and international internships will provide you with real-world experience to design, implement, and administer local and wide-area networks. You will take courses in emerging fields such as:

  • Cybersecurity and Cyber defense
  • Enterprise Network Infrastructure Setup, Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Server Installation, Configuration and Administration
  • Network System Design
  • Ethical Hacking and Network Security
  • Virtualization
  • Unified Communication
  • Information Security
  • IP Telephony
  • Wireless Networking
  • Linux/Unix Network Administration

Computer networking students keep winning streak alive

When it comes to computer network design, University of Wisconsin-Stout can’t be beat.
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Did you know more than 50 percent of all U.S. economic activity is information technology (IT) related? Careers in IT offer high paying jobs with tremendous job growth and multiple career paths to include: network engineer, security analyst, and network consultant. ZDNetreports that there is a huge shortage of trained people to fill the needs in IT industry. CNN Money lists Network Systems and Data Analysts, and Network and Computer Systems Administrators as the first and the fifth fastest-growing jobs in the U.S.  IT is and will remain one of the most dynamic and rewarding careers available.

Objectives & Outcomes

The CNIT program follows UW-Stout's unique hands-on, active learning approach.  As a CNIT student, you will gain real-world experience as you design, implement, and administer local and wide-area networks. You will take courses in emerging fields such as virtualization, unified communication, information security, IP Telephony, and wireless networking. 

The CNIT program focuses on:

  • Cybersecurity and Cyber defense
  • Enterprise Network Infrastructure Setup, Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Server Installation, Configuration and Administration
  • Network System Design
  • Ethical Hacking and Network Security
  • Linux Systems and Network Administration
  • IP Telephony (VoIP)
  • Wireless System
  • Virtualization and Cloud Computing
  • Unified Communication and Collaboration

“Dynamic” is a word that defines today's telecommunications industry. Information technology is expanding and growing rapidly. Telecommunications is a progressive, innovative and creative field, and the opportunities are endless. It’s our goal to prepare graduates who can easily accept the challenges presented by the telecommunication industry.

The Computer Networking and Information Technology program will prepare you to:

  • Communicate clearly, ethically, and responsibly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Apply business and management techniques and processes.
  • Evaluate emerging information technologies and their impact.
  • Design, implement, administer, and analyze information technology systems.
  • Integrate network security into the installation of networks, as well as business practices, policies, and user education.
  • Solve business problems and enhance productivity using information technology.

CNIT Students Can Earn Certifications

Certifications are a great way to show  IT industry employers that you are up to date and knowledgeable on the current topics. CNIT is a Cisco Certified Networking Academy and a Microsoft Certified IT Academy. We are an authorized Pearson VUE and Thompson Prometric Testing Center. Numerous ITM classes are embedded with industry certification examinations. The courses are taught by CNIT faculty members holding advanced IT industry certifications. As a CNIT student, you have the opportunity to earn the following certifications:  

Career Opportunities

UW-Stout Graduates Get Great Jobs

Graduates of UW-Stout’s Computer Networking and Information Technology program are currently employed at leading companies nationwide with job titles such as: 

  • Network Engineer
  • Network Architect
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Consultant
  • Systems Administrator
  • Systems Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Information Technology Manager

Employers Seek UW-Stout Graduates

The employers who hire ITM graduates include:

  • Google
  • Cisco
  • Netflix
  • Dell
  • Lockheed Martin
  • 3M
  • AT&T
  • Menards
  • Sentry Insurance
  • Target
  • Marshfield Clinic
  • Wisconsin Independent Network
  • 3KeyLogic
  • Spanlink
  • Enventis
  • CDW
  • Heartland
  • And many others 
Information Technology Laboratory

The Information Technology Laboratory in 213 Fryklund Hall provides access for students to develop, apply and research contemporary strategies involving voice, data and graphical technologies which constitute the foundation for the areas of telecommunications and media.

The 4,000-square-foot laboratory focuses on current and emerging telecommunication software and hardware systems. Many telecommunications-related business and industry organizations are promoting and sponsoring the new laboratory.

Three laboratory areas are under development including extensive data communication, telephony and video/multimedia system labs. The laboratory will also serve as a "working model," showcasing technical innovations and integration for regional business and industry.

High-speed wire and fiber-based networks in the laboratory support a variety of voice, data and multimedia systems. Several communication systems will be available, including both wired and wireless links.

Program Accomplishments

2012 AITP Network Design Competition

April 2012

A team of UW-Stout ITM students earned a first place and brought home other awards at the  Association of Information Technology Professionals National Collegiate Conference held in San Antonio in April, 2012.

 A team of UW-Stout ITM students earned a first place and brought home other awards at the  Association of Information Technology Professionals National Collegiate Conference held in San Antonio in April, 2012.

Cody Lewandowski and Adamme Kearney, both of Fall Creek, led the way by winning the Network Design contest, which drew 57 teams. Another UW-Stout team, Casey Shields, of Washburn, and Brandon Cross, of Elkhorn, took second in the same event.

The teams of Lewandowski-Kearney and Shields-Cross took third and honorable mention, respectively in the Microsoft Office Solutions competition, which had 97 teams. Lewandowski and Kearney also took an honorable mention in Security Scenarios.

More than 500 students from colleges and universities across the country attended and competed.

2008 AITP Network Design Competition Honorable Mention

March 27th, 2009

2008 AITP Network Design Competition Honorable Mention

2007 AITP Network Design Competition Winners

March 27th, 2009

2007 AITP Network Design Competition Winners

Industry Partners & Capstone Sponsors

As Wisconsin's Polytechnic University, UW-Stout works closely with business, industry and other educational institutions to benefit students and grow the economy. Read more about the ITM programs partners below: 
 

Capstone Sponsors

Dell | Compellent

Dell has sponsored the following capstone projects:

  • A Disaster Recovery Plan for Planned and Unplanned Outages
  • SAN-Server iSCSI Performance Testing
  • Enterprise Manager 6.3 LDAP Integration
  • SMI-S Provider Exploration
  • IO Latency Testing
  • PY-IP Skimmer

Visit them at http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/dell-compellent

Wisconsin Independent Networks

Wisconsin Independent Networks has sponsored the following capstone projects:

  • Log Analysis for Wisconsin Independent Network
  • Metro Ethernet SLA Compliance, Monitoring, and Reporting
  • Software Defined Networking
  • Layer 2 Internet Service Provider WAN Implementation
  • Software Defined Networking on a Carrier Ethernet Network

Visit them at: http://www.wins.net

Enventis

Enventis has sponsored the following capstone projects:

  • Wisconsin Mall “Next Generation Shopping Today”
  • Bring Your Own Device

Visit them at: https://www.consolidated.com
 

Heartland Business Systems

Heartland has sponsored the following capstone projects:

  • Cisco Voice and Video Collaboration Solution for AB Construction

 Visit them at: http://www.hbs.net/home

Cisco Meraki

Cisco Meraki has sponsored the following capstone projects:

  • Evaluating and Evolving a Mobile Device Management (MDM) Solution

Visit them at: https://meraki.cisco.com

WWT

WWT has sponsored the following capstone project:

  • Substation Connected GRID Design

Visit them at: https://www2.wwt.com 

Harris

Harris sponsored the following capstone projects:

  • Data Center Infrastructure Management
  • Identity Management

Visit them at http://harris.com

Spanlink

Spanlink has sponsored the following capstone project:

  • ACME Anvil Company UC and UCCX Deployment

Visit them at http://convergeone.com

JAMF Software

JAMF has sponsored the following capstone project:

  • “An Apple A Day”--Apple Device Administration with the JAMF Casper Suite

Visit them at http://www.jamfsoftware.com 

Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program - DoD IASP Program

  • Do you want to pursue a challenging profession in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance?
  • Do you want to work for the Department of Defense and help defend our nation's cyber space?
  • Do you want to have your education paid for?

The University of Wisconsin Stout, a recently designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, is now participating in the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program.

Scholarship Benefits:

  • An undergraduate student will be paid a stipend of $25,000 per academic year (BS degree) and a graduate student will be paid a stipend of $30,000 per academic year (MS/PHD degree).
  • The scholarship will pay for full cost of tuition, required fees, books, and a stipend to cover room and board.
  • The DoD will also provide sponsors who will maintain contact with the student during the scholarship period, and who will facilitate the student's entry into internships and eventual DoD employment.

Deadline for applying is February 4, 2018

DoD IASP Scholarship Application, Requirements & Eligibility

Requirements and Eligibility:

  • You are a citizen of the United States at the time of application.
  • You are 18 years of age or older.
  • Your present GPA is 3.2/4.0 - undergraduate; 3.5/4.0 - graduate.
  • You have completed (or by August 2018 will have completed) the first two years of an undergraduate degree program and be eligible to begin either the third or fourth year of an undergraduate degree program; or by August 2018 you will begin the first or second year of a Master's degree program. Online programs included. Undergraduates must attend full-time.
  • You are pursuing a course of study at UW-Stout and have a declared major in one of the scientific, technical, or managerial disciplines related to cybersecurity or a concentration in cybersecurity (BS-CNIT, BS-ICT, MS-ICT, BS-CS, BS-AMCS, PSM-IAM are natural candidates).
  • You agree to one year of service to the DoD, upon graduation, for each year of scholarship.
  • You agree to accept internships arranged by the DoD to occur during the summer or other breaks between school terms.

Application Process:

  • Complete the application form found HERE.
  • Provide a statement of purpose and description of goals and motivations to pursue a career in cybersecurity and information assurance.
  • Provide transcripts of all college work.
  • Provide two recommendation letters.

Deadline for applying is February 4, 2018.

Full application materials must be received by February 4, 2018. Send your application package through email toL

Dr. Holly Yuan
Re: IASP Program Application
Email: yuanh@uwstout.edu

For more details on the program see the DoD website.

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