IT-Network Specialist students receive ample opportunity to explore their occupational options through hands-on training in each IT course they take. This comprehensive program begins with architectural design of a network through installation, configuration, administration, securing and maintaining cross-platform enterprise network environments. An IT-Network Specialist internship is strongly suggested to help students gain work experience and build their resume before graduation.
To gain further hands-on experience, students are encouraged to join the Gateway student chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). As a member of AITP, IT-Network Specialist students have the opportunity to compete at the National Collegiate Conference. AITP also offers students real world experience through its sponsorship of computer trouble shooting and repair clinics.