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A data center technician installs, maintains, and repairs a data center’s computer and network systems. Students completing this one-year certificate are fully prepared for employment in this rapidly-growing industry.

This program is not yet eligible of Federal Financial Aid; see your Academic Advisor for options.  

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Southwestern is required by federal regulations to disclose information related to the College's educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. This information is intended to provide students the opportunity to measure employment outcomes associated with certificate programs.

Gainful employment information for the Certificate of Completion Data Center Technician can be found online.

 Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AS degree is awarded.

Courses that are developmental in nature, (designed to prepare students for college transfer courses), are not applicable to this degree.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2
MTH60Algebra I (or placement in higher math course)4
WR90RAcademic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CIS151 Network Essentials 4
CS160 Computer Science Orientation 4
MTH86 Computer Technology Mathematics 1 4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing (or higher) 2 3
CIS152 Network Router Configuration 4
CIS140U Intro to Operating Systems: Unix 4
CIS145 Hardware Installation Support 4
CIS279 Network Management I Network Hardware 4
CIS225 End User Support 4
CS133WS Web Scripting 4
BA110 Group Dynamics for Teams 3 3
SP218 Interpersonal Communication 3
 Total Credits45


Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Apply technical skills to implement and maintain computer and network systems solutions and troubleshoot computer and network problems on an entry-level
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of computer information systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently or in a group environment with sensitivity to the needs of customers and coworkers.
  • Demonstrate the skill and knowledge to install, configure and maintain PC and server hardware/software in a network environment.