Network Engineering

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Certificate of Proficiency (CP)

Prepare for IT industry certification exams as well as entry-level employment.

Job growth predicted because all industries rely on IT networks.

Affordability: Quality training at an affordable price, including Cisco programs.


A leader in the field:

  • Cisco Networking Academy
  • Microsoft IT Academy
  • Linux Professional Institute (LPIC-1)
  • VMware Academy

Hands-on learning experiences in dedicated labs and classrooms, featuring a one-to-one equipment ratio, the optimal experience for skill development.

Prepare for certification exams to advance your IT career:

  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) – Routing and Switching
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) – Security
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  • CompTIA A+
  • Linux+
  • Network+
  • Security+
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
  • Professional (MCITP)
  • VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

Pursue in-depth skills and expertise. Choose from three focus areas:

  • Server
  • Infrastructure
  • Security

STLCC’s Information Systems department is a member of the Cyber Security Education Consortium (CSEC) and our cyber security curriculum has been approved by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

Learn to design, build, configure, test and monitor:

  • local area networks (LANs)
  • wide area networks (WANs)
  • intranets
  • other data communications systems

Faculty: Classes are taught by seasoned instructors, including Cisco Certified professors.

Facilities: Labs are custom-built to teach the Cisco curriculum and other advanced network technologies.

Flexibility: Online courses are available, as well as intensive classroom-based, hands-on skill development. With evening and Saturday classes, this program is specially geared for students with full-time jobs.

Stackable:  Once you earn your Network Engineering certificate of proficiency, all of the credits apply towards your Network Engineering AAS with the Server focus. In addition, if you’ve earned a certificate of specialization in IT Help Desk/End User Support, 17 of your credits will apply towards your Network Engineering AAS degree.

More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region and the second largest in Missouri.

To find out if STLCC is right for you, we invite you to visit. You can meet with one of our faculty members, tour the campus, and get answers to questions. Click Here


IT careers rank among the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ fastest growing and most highly paid jobs in the US economy.  Whether working for IT giants like Microsoft or IBM, federal or state government agencies, or small to medium-sized companies across all sectors of the economy, IT workers can expect challenging and rewarding careers that give them remarkable control and flexibility in job location, schedule, work environment, and industry focus.

Experienced network engineering professionals find that additional IT industry certifications are advantageous when advancing to a management position, especially when combined with a bachelor’s degree.

  • Desktop Support Specialist
  • Computer Services Technician
  • Network Technician
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Manager
  • Network Analyst
  • Network Associate

Companies that have hired STLCC grads:

  • Charter
  • AT&T
  • Brown Shoe
  • Clayco
  • Urban League of Greater St. Louis
  • BJC Healthcare
  • City of St. Louis
  • The Outsource Group
  • Washington University

STLCC Career and Employment Services (CES): On each campus CES offices provide services and resources to assist students and alumni in finding full-time or part-time, on-campus or off-campus, internship or co-op, permanent, seasonal or temporary employment. CES also assists employers who are looking for qualified applicants. CLICK HERE

Cisco Networking Academy provides alumni access to online resources that include job postings, free seminars, etc.

Job Resources
For information on the job outlook, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.

Gainful Employment Data

STLCC provides top quality training at a much more affordable cost than other institutions. We encourage you to compare the cost with other IT training providers.

  • St. Louis Community College provides a comprehensive financial aid program funded by federal, state and private agencies. READ MORE
  • For information on STLCC Scholarships READ MORE.


Brenda Kahan, M.A., M.S.
Program Coordinator
Phone: 314-644-9292


Prerequisite: It is recommended that students have a strong computer literacy foundation.

Network Engineering (AAS, CP)

Associate in Applied Science Degree
Program Total= 66-67
I. Career General Education 20 credits
ENG:101 College Composition I 3
ENG:102 College Composition II (or)
ENG:103 Report Writing 3
MTH:160 College Algebra 4
MTH:186 Survey of Calculus 4
XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
XXX:xxx Social Science Elective 3
II. Physical Education Activity 2 credits
III. Area of Concentration 31 credits
IS:112 Software and Hardware Concepts 3
IS:130 Hardware and Software Support 3
IS:237 Fundamentals of Information Assurance/Security 3
IS:229 Unix/Linux I 3
IS:264 Unix/Linux II 3
IT:101 Cisco Networking Academy I: Introduction to Networks 5
IT:102 Desktop Client Support 3
IT:201 Cisco Networking Academy II: Routers & Switching Essentials 5
IT:210 Firewall and VPN Security 3
Choose from one of the following three focus areas: 13-14 credits
Server Focus
IT:140 Windows Server Configuring Active Directory (and) 3
IT:142 Windows Server Configuring Infrastructure (and) 3
IT:246 Windows Server Administration (and) 3
IT:211 Introduction to Virtualization and Cloud Computing 4
Infrastructure Focus
IT:202 Cisco Networking Academy III: LAN Switching and Wireless Technologies (and) 5
IT:203 Cisco Networking Academy IV: WAN Technologies (and) 5
IT:235 Network Infrastructure Design 3
Security Focus
IT:120 Enterprise Security Management (and) 3
IT:121 Secure E-Commerce and E-Government (and) 3
IT:208 Cisco Networking Academy: CCNA Security (and) 5
IT:216 Digital Forensics 3
Certificate of Proficiency
Program Total=35
Network Infrastructure 20 Credits
IS:130 Hardware and Software Support 3
IT:102 Desktop Client Support 3
IT:142 Windows Server Configuring Infrastructure 3
IT:101 Cisco Networking Academy I: Introduction to Networks 5
IT:201 Cisco Networking Academy II: Routers & Switching Essentials 5
Network Servers
IS:229 Unix/Linux I 3
IS:264 Unix/Linux II 3
Network Security
IS:237 Fundamentals of Information Assurance/Security 3
IT:210 Firewall and VPN Security 3
Network Virtualization
IT:211 Introduction to Virtualization and Cloud Computing 4

Course offerings depend on adequate enrollment.

We invite you to meet with an STLCC advisor for one-on-one help in planning your pathway to this rewarding career. Click Here

Related Programs
IT Help Desk/End User Support Certificate of Specialization


STLCC’s Network Engineering Advisory Committee brings together top industry professionals. Members serve for two-year terms, and STLCC’S faculty works hand-in-hand with this elite group to evaluate and update our curriculum, stay up-to-date on the latest innovations, and promote networking.

Industry Affiliations: Member of the National CyberWatch Center, CyberWatch West (CWW), and a participating member of the Community College Cyber Security Summit (3CS), helping to create a blueprint for the expansion and enhancement of cyber security education programs at community colleges throughout the United States.

Industry Leadership: Not only are we a Cisco Networking Academy, our Forest Park campus also serves as an Academy Support Center (ASC) supporting approximately 16 regional academies and a Cisco Instructor Training Center (ITC).



The Network Engineering program is offered at our Forest Park campus. In addition students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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