Computer Networking and Systems

Computer networks and systems connect the world, allowing people to share data and resources safely and effectively for business, education, entertainment and more. Are you interested in joining the growing number of experts who are making this global connection possible? If so, enroll in our Computer Networking and Systems program, and gain the knowledge and techniques necessary to design, configure, install and secure Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs).

Students who graduate from Oakton with a degree in Computer Networking and Systems are qualified to work as network and computer systems administrators, computer and information systems managers, computer network architects, computer systems analysts, network support specialists and more.

Oakton offers Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in Computer Networking and Systems and Network Security Administration. Courses offered include preparation for industry-standard certification in the following areas: Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, Google, Amazon and more.

Oakton also offers certificates in Network Administration which prepare students for jobs in the networking field. The Network Security Administrator certificate prepares students to identify and secure computer networks and systems from unauthorized activities in Windows, Cisco and Linux systems.

As an approved member of the Microsoft IT Academy and the Cisco Networking Academy, Oakton uses Official Microsoft Learning Products and Official Cisco Curriculum course materials.

Degrees and Certificates

The Computer Networking and Systems associate degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain a position in Networking.

The Network Security Administration degree program provides a foundation in network security and provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain positions as cybersecurity analysts and technical security support personnel.
Accelerate your career by earning professional certifications and credentials at Oakton. View the following recommended course pathways to streamline your professional certification. Oakton’s career and technical education programs that result in a certification meet the educational requirements for the state of Illinois.

You can earn this certificate in 14 credit hours.

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Our Network Security Administrator Certificate can be earned in 31 credit hours.

Our Windows Server Administration Certificate is a 16 credit hour course with several Windows Server classes included. 

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Our Windows Support Technician Certificate can be earned in 16 credit hours

Job Outlook

Employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations.

Despite limited employment growth, about 24,900 openings for network and computer systems administrators are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

The median annual wage for network and computer systems administrators was $84,810 in May 2020.

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Meet Your Faculty and Experts

Oakton's professors and lecturers are experts in their fields with advanced degrees and years of real-world experience. In addition to classroom learning, students receive support from our panel of expert advisors.

Reza Dai, Chair
Distinguished Professor, Electronics, Local Area Networks (CISCO), and Mathematics
Chair, Computer Networking and Systems

B.S.E.E, Oregon State University
M.S. Oregon State University
M.S. Purdue University
M.S.E. Purdue University
rdai@oakton.edu
847.376.7778
Office: P111, Skokie

Clarence Sistrunk
Associate Professor
BPS Roosevelt University
M.S. Ed. Chicago State University
csistrun@oakton.edu
847.376.7649
Office: P220, Skokie

Meet our part time faculty

Casimer Bialobrzewski
Lecturer
MCSE, CCNA, CCNP, CCIE
B.S.E.E. Illinois Institute of Technology
cbialobr@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Charles Garrett
Lecturer
B.S.C.E. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S.I.T. Northwestern University
cgarrett@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Adnan Memon
Lecturer
MCSA, MCSE, MCT, CCNA, CCNP
B.S.C.S. University of Karachi
M.S.C.S. University of Karachi 
amemon@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Adil Mufti
Lecturer
MCSE, CCNP, CHFI, CCEA, CCSE +, MCT, ACE, FNCNE
M.S. Cybersecurity Depaul University
M.B.A. Lake Forest Graduate School of Management 
amufti@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Samir Patel
Lecturer
V5 R2/1 Series Systems Admin, CCNA, ITIL
A.A.S. Oakton Community College
B.A. University of Illinois, Chicago
sapatel@oakton.edu
847.635.1688
Office: 2180, Des Plaines

Lawrence Tomczyk
Lecturer
CCNA, CCNP, MCSE, MCP, CNE
B.A. De Paul University
B.S. Northwestern University
M.S. Northwestern University
larry@northwestern.edu
847.635.1688
Office:  2180, Des Plaines

Asif Hussain
Network Engineering Manager
Sears Holdings Corporation

Brian Matzelle
Senior Manager, US Academic Business Development
CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Assn)

Chuck Garrett
President
Lead Dog Systems

Clarence Sistrunk
Associate Professor, CNS/CIS
Oakton Community College

Jeff Nyquist
Director, Infrastructure
Wheels

Kevin Thompson
Threat Analyst
FireEye

Mitch Brandt
Consultant
Tanelorn Information Systems

Ray Trygstad, Ph.D.
Industry Professor of Information Technology and Management
Associate Chair, Department of Information Technology and Management
ITT

Reza Dai
Chair, CNS Department
Oakton Community College

Richard McElman
Director, Global Engineering and Architecture
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Robert Sompolski, Ph.D.
Dean, Mathematics and Technology Division
Oakton Community College

William H. Wolfe II
Cisco Academy Instructor Trainer
Moraine Valley Community College

What's Next?

We are glad you are considering attending Oakton Community College. No matter where you are in your decision-making process, we are here to help you with your next steps. Whether you're ready to apply now, need information on paying for college or have questions and want to contact someone, we're here to help.

Frequently asked questions

Licensure Requirements: Each state and territory has different licensure and certification requirements.  Oakton has researched and/or contacted state licensing authorities to confirm that the program meets the educational requirements leading to professional licensure or certification.  

Licensure information is reviewed and updated on this site in June of each year. As of July 1, 2020, we have determined that individuals that sit for and pass the Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) Certification, Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA) Certification, CompTIA Network+ Certification, CompTIA Security+ Certification, Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate Certification, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Server Certification, and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) Core Infrastructure Certification examinations after successful completion of Oakton’s Computer Networking Systems courses and program curricula:

Meets the education requirements leading to licensure/certification in these states and U.S. Territories: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada,New Hampshire, New Jersey,New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Does NOT meet the education requirements For licensure/certification in these states and U.S. Territories: 

We have not made a determination if the program curriculum meets the requirements for licensure/certification in these states and US Territories: 

If you intend to practice in any state other than Illinois, you should contact the appropriate licensing agency to independently verify whether Oakton’s program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in a particular state before beginning Oakton’s program. Be aware that state licensure requirements may change from time-to-time and that states may have conditions for licensure in addition to educational requirements.

This information is provided to meet the Disclosure Requirements for Academic Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification.

Contact Us

Reza Dai
Computer Networking & Systems (CNS)
847.376.7778
rdai@oakton.edu