An IT degree from Ranken offers intensive hands-on experience to prepare you for a successful, fast-track career.

Does a career in the Information Technology (IT) industry sound right for you?

You’re comfortable with computers, and excited about new technology. You like figuring out how things work.

You are a continual learner – as soon as you master one thing, you want to move on to the next level.

You want an education that teaches you how to solve problems and apply your skills through hands-on experience, not just listening to lectures and taking tests.

Does this sound like you? If so, an IT degree could be the path to a successful and rewarding career. In Ranken’s IT associate degree program, you’ll choose between four track options to specialize in one area, focusing on hardware, software or internet technology.

Why choose Ranken for your computer hardware and networking degree?

Network Architecture and Design Technology

In this hardware-centered program, students will work with Cisco® equipment, program and configure routers and switches, study wireless local area network (LAN) configurations and security and firewall issues, voice over IP (VOIP) technology and vitual LANs (VLANs). Students will be prepared for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNATM) certification test. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Design, configure and troubleshoot networks using Cisco routing and switching protocols
  • Install, configure and troubleshoot desktop operating systems, PCs and peripherals
  • Implement IPv6 addresses on new/existing networks
  • Implement voice over IP network services using Cisco Unified Communications Manager
  • Install, configure and troubleshoot Cisco ASA security devices, secure existing networks with ACLs

This program is offered as a day school program at Ranken’s St. Louis campus.

Network and Database Administration Technology

Software-centered, this track focuses on Microsoft Server for network services, network infrastructure and Active Directory, Microsoft Structured Query Language (SQL) for database configuration and services and network virtualization using ESXi, VCenter Server and VMware. Students will be prepared to achieve the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification and VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Install, configure, maintain and troubleshoot Microsoft enterprise-level servers and databases
  • Install, configure and troubleshoot desktop operating systems, PCs and peripherals
  • Support data centers by implementing high availability and disaster recovery technologies
  • Maintain group policies by configuring, monitoring and troubleshooting Active Directory configurations
  • Implement and manage enterprise-level virtual environments

This program is offered as a day school program at Ranken’s St. Louis campus.

Network Systems Management Technology

Featuring elements of network and database administration and network architecture technology, this track will focus on configuring Cisco routers. Students will also study Microsoft Server, including Active Directory services and network infrastructure. Students will be prepared for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification test. Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Implement static and dynamic routing protocols using Cisco routers
  • Implement switching technologies such as VLANs, Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Inter-VLAN routing and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)
  • Install/configure Small Office/Home Office wireless network using Linksys wireless routers and clients
  • Implement inter-VLAN routing using Cisco switches and routers
  • Install/configure Wan Technologies such as Frame Relay and PPP
  • Configure basic networking security strategies to protect corporate networks
  • Implement IPv6 addresses on new/existing networks
  • Install and configure enterprise-level servers
  • Implement high availability and disaster recovery
  • Support data centers
  • Create and maintain group policy
  • Configure, monitor and troubleshoot Active Directory configurations

This program is offered as a day school program at Ranken’s St. Louis campus, and at Ranken Wentzville in both the day and evening.

Bradley E. Lutes

Instructor, Full Time

Shannon C. Brueggemann

Instructional Coordinator, Full Time

Charles G. Corrigan

Division Chair & Instructor, Full Time

Patrick N. Duchinsky

Instructor, Full Time

Evan A. Gudmestad

Assistant Division Chair and Instructor, Full Time

Duke R. Miller

Instructor, Full Time

Alan P. Poettker

Instructor, Full Time

Ashley R. Reddick

Instructor, Full Time

Ryan N. Schafferkotter

Instructor, Full Time

Michael J. Stuesse

Instructor, Full Time

S. Kyle Vann

Adjunct Instructor, Evening School

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Network Architecture and Design Technology

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Design, configure and troubleshoot networks using Cisco routing and switching protocols
  • Install, configure and troubleshoot desktop operating systems, PCs and peripherals
  • Implement IPv6 addresses on new/existing networks
  • Implement voice over IP network services using Cisco Unified Communications Manager
  • Install, configure and troubleshoot Cisco ASA security devices, secure existing networks with ACLs

 

Network and Database Administration Technology

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Install, configure, maintain and troubleshoot Microsoft enterprise-level servers and databases
  • Install, configure and troubleshoot desktop operating systems, PCs and peripherals
  • Support data centers by implementing high availability and disaster recovery technologies
  • Maintain group policies by configuring, monitoring and troubleshooting Active Directory configurations
  • Implement and manage enterprise-level virtual environments

Network Systems Management Technology

Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Implement static and dynamic routing protocols using Cisco routers
  • Implement switching technologies such as VLANs, Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Inter-VLAN routing and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)
  • Install/configure Small Office/Home Office wireless network using Linksys wireless routers and clients
  • Implement inter-VLAN routing using Cisco switches and routers
  • Install/configure Wan Technologies such as Frame Relay and PPP
  • Configure basic networking security strategies to protect corporate networks
  • Implement IPv6 addresses on new/existing networks
  • Install and configure enterprise-level servers
  • Implement high availability and disaster recovery
  • Support data centers
  • Create and maintain group policy
  • Configure, monitor and troubleshoot Active Directory configurations