Welcome to the MATC IT Networking Program’s Home Page.

Our IT Networking Program prepares you for a career in managing networks, to help businesses utilize their networks to the fullest. You will have hands-on experience with the latest Operating Systems and hands-on with hardware ranging from routers and switches to blade servers and fiber. Using a combination of virtualized, simulated and real equipment, our degree puts you in front of the equipment firsthand, learning from individuals with professional experience who are able to answer your questions. Our classes are designed to: keep you up to date with the latest technologies, reinforce strong problem-solving skills, and prepare you to work alone or with others just like in the workplace.

Why study at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)


MATC offers cost effective education allowing students to prepare for this career in two years or less, if you study full time.


Based on your financial situation you might be eligible for financial aid.


IT Network Specialist curriculum is continually being evaluated and updated to reflect the latest technologies. Students attain the skills necessary to not only acquire a job in the IT industry but also succeed in their new working environments.


Our instructors have experience working in the industry and are very passionate about student learning. Most of our IT Networking instructors are currently employed or were employed in IT divisions of private companies, bringing the latest knowledge and techniques from the enterprise directly into the classroom. Learn more about MATC IT Network Specialist faculty.


Most MATC IT Networking courses lead to industry certification, adding more job possibilities and helping students to differentiate themselves during the hiring process. You will be ready to take industry certification exams including CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, VMware VCP5-DCV, EMC ISM, CCNA.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor:

2012 National Median Annual Pay for IT Network Specialist is ~$72,560 (~$34.88 per hour)
(Network and Computer Systems Administrators typically with a bachelor’s degree)
Average Annual Wage for IT Networking Specialist in Wisconsin is ~$61,670 (~$29.65 per hour)
Average Annual Wage for MATC graduate (6 months after graduation) is ~$39,285 (~$18.89 per hour)

(Based on 52 weeks @ 40 hours)

MATC’s IT Network Specialist program uses the latest technologies to educate students

Through frequent evaluations, we make updates to strengthen our program and introduce courses that cover new technologies. We work with representatives of local employers to determine the needs of businesses in the greater Milwaukee area and help prepare students with knowledge in technologies used by local companies. The following courses have been updated for the Fall 2014 semester:

ITNET-111 – Server 1

This course provides preparation for the Microsoft Technology Specialist (TS) exam, 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012. Topics include the configuration and troubleshooting of IP addressing, name resolution, network access, file and print services, and managing network infrastructure. Students will be introduced to Microsoft Windows Server through lectures, demonstrations, discussions and hands-on labs. This course advances the content presented in ITNET-110 and ITNET-112. MATC strongly recommends that students complete ITNET-112, or have the equivalent skills, prior to enrollment in this course.

ITNET-112 – Server 2

This course provides preparation for the Microsoft Technology Specialist (TS) exam, 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012. Topics include the configuration and troubleshooting of Active Directory DNS, server roles, objects and environment. This course advances the content presented in ITNET-110. MATC strongly recommends that students complete ITNET-110, or have the equivalent skills, prior to enrollment in this course.

ITNET-157 – Emerging Technologies (VMware)

This hands-on training course explores installation, configuration and management of VMware vSphere, which consists of VMware ESXi/ESX and VMware vCenter Server. Students are introduced to virtualization and storage management concepts using VMware server virtualization products. This course is required to sit for the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) examination. Students should be concurrently enrolled in (or have completed) ITNET-111 and ITNET-134 prior to taking this course.

ITNET-158 – Storage (EMC)

Storage Area Network (SAN) introduces students to an “open” storage curriculum that is focused on storage principles rather than on products. The objective is to provide a comprehensive introduction to storage technology, enabling participants to make more informed decisions about information management and storage regardless of storage platform.

MATC has campuses in Milwaukee, West Allis, Oak Creek and Mequon

Students join us the many communities places in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, including Waukesha and Ozaukee counties, and other areas. MATC has campuses in Milwaukee, West Allis, Oak Creek and Mequon to help better serve our students and offer a variety of programs based on students’ needs.

About Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)

Milwaukee Area Technical College is the bridge to a better future for our students, graduates and community. That future is built upon a solid yet vibrant past. Over the course of more than 100 years, MATC has played a crucial role in the growth of the greater Milwaukee community.

Founded in 1912, MATC has grown to become one of the Midwest’s largest community-based technical colleges. MATC offers 200 degree, diploma, certificate and apprentice programs. One of the key IT programs offered through the MATC School of Business is the IT Computer Network Specialist program.

Click here to learn more about MATC’s history and how getting your education at MATC will benefit you.