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Kick-start a Career in Computer Networking and Security

A student in the Networking and Security degree program sitting at the help desk computer in an NECC computer lab for his work study job.
NECC’s associate in science degree program in computer networking and security will prepare you for success in the rapidly expanding field of networking and security. Learn how to install, configure, and manage the hardware and software used in different networks and explore the skills needed to keep communications, operations, and network infrastructures secure from hacks and breaches.

Why Choose NECC?

NECC provides an affordable way for you to prepare for entry into a hot job market. With this program you will:

  • Understand how to set up a Local Area Network (LAN), Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), and Wide Area Network (WAN)
  • Learn how to troubleshoot operating systems, create system users and groups, and administer permissions
  • Gain knowledge of firewalls and other security measures for computer networks
  • Understand how to assess network security and organizational risk for data breaches or operational interruptions
  • Learn how to improve security across all aspects of computer operations
  • Gain knowledge of data protection, system backups and recovery
  • Build on your communication and problem-solving skills
  • Benefit from extensive hands-on experience in NECC’s computer labs

Because of NECC

You will be prepared for various types of high-demand careers across multiple industries, including healthcare, education, defense, retail, and government. After completing our networking & security associate degree program you can:

  • Pursue work as a network administrator, network support technician, system administrator and more
  • Pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer and information sciences or a related field

Quote:

Northern Essex was just as focused as I was in finding a career for me that I would be challenged in, excel at, and enjoy.”

Samantha Romano, Computer & Information Science


Courses, Requirements, and Program Notes

 

Program Pathway

A pathway is the most efficient sequence of courses semester-to-semester recommended for students to complete their degree. View the suggested pathway for the Computer Networking and Security degree.

Career Paths & Job Market

Helpful Links for Researching Careers

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Contact

Department Chair

Department Chair

Jason Termini, Department Chair

Lawrence and Haverhill Campus
Office: TC-205/LH305
Phone: 978-556-3874
Email: jtermini@necc.mass.edu

Faculty Contact Information

Faculty Contact Information

Adrianna Holden-Gouveia

Haverhill Campus
Hartleb Technology Center
Office: TC-205
Phone: 978-556-3884
Email: aholdengouveia@necc.mass.edu

Michael Penta

Haverhill Campus
Hartleb Technology Center
Office: TC-205
Phone: 978-556-3892
Email: mpenta@necc.mass.edu

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