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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
Mon - Thur: 7:30am to 6:00pm

Associate of Applied Science, concentration in Network and Cloud Architecture

Students earning this degree will be prepared to pursue information technology and networking careers in organizations that support and provide cloud computing based services. Types of services include, but are not limited to, open source solutions for public and private clouds, website hosting, business applications, and testing and development in cloud technology. With an emphasis on practical experience, students learn the basics of network architecture, routing, switching, troubleshooting, programming, and security of the cloud-based network. This degree will also prepare for the globally-recognized COMPTIA Network+, COMPTIA A+, Cisco CCNA®, Cisco Security, and Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA) certifications. In addition, completion of this degree will prepare students for organization-specific certifications in Cloud solutions, such as Open Stack open source software and TACACS authentication and programming fundamentals.

Related Degrees and Certificates

Advanced Technical Certificate, Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP); Certificates, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Open Stack Cloud Solutions (Proposed); MSAs, CompTIA A+ and Network +, Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC), Level 1, Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (Proposed).

Degree Requirements

(Total Credit Hours 60)

Semester I (12 hours)
ITSC 1425 Personal Computer Hardware (A+)
ITCC 1401 - Cisco Exploration 1 - Network Fundamentals
ITCC 1404 - Cisco Exploration 2 - Routing Protocols and Concepts

Semester II (14 hours)
ITCC 2408 - Cisco Exploration 3 - LAN Switching and Wireless
ITCC 2410 - Cisco Exploration 4 - Accessing the WAN
ITSC 1316 - Linux Installation and Configuration
Select 1 from the following: Additional Communication (11) Core

Semester III (12 hours)
ITSC 2325 – Advanced Linux
ITCC 2343 - Network Security
GAME 2341 - Game Scripting
ITSY 1391 - Special Topics in Information Technology/Security (Cloud Open Stack I)

Semester IV (13 hours)
ITNW 2432 – Unix Network Integration (using Linux)
ITSY 2370 - Cloud Open Stack II
Select 1 from the following: Social and Behavioral Sciences (80) Core
Select 1 from the following: Mathematics (20) Core   or Life and Physical Sciences (30) Core  

Semester V (9 hours)
Select 1 from the following: Language, Philosophy & Culture (40) Core
Select 1 from the following: Communication (10) Core  
ITNW 2364 - Practicum (or Field Experience) - Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications


Academic Departments

Program Contacts

Dr. John J. Grillo
Program Coordinator/Instructor
(Academic Advisor)
Phone: 210-486-4054
Office: MLH 201

Bobby Yeater
Program Coordinator, Network Administrator/Instructor
Phone: 210-486-4061
Office: MLH-201

Yolanda Reyes-Guevara
Registration/Enrollment Advisor
Phone: 210-486-4195
Office: Cypress Enrollment Office

Area Contacts

Emily Coppin
Administrative Specialist
Phone: 210-486-4352
Office: MLH-201

Adriana Garza
Administrative Associate
Phone: 210-486-4354
Office: MLH-201

John Grillo
Academic Chair, Workforce Programs
Phone: 210-486-4054
Office: MLH-201A