Computer Security and Network Technology

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Students in the Computer Security and Network Technology (CSNT) program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) gain skills to build a successful career in the computer technical support industry. This hands-on two-year program covers a wide variety of Information Technology (IT) training, including troubleshooting physical and virtual networks, operating systems and data security.

LWTech CSNT students will train for today and tomorrow's IT challenges. They learn what it takes to build a successful career in the ever-growing, in-demand field of IT. LWTech CSNT students will train for today and tomorrow's IT challenges. They will learn what it takes to build a successful career in the ever-growing, in-demand field of IT. Other areas of study include the study computer hardware, operating systems, network protocols, server administration, virtualization using VMWare and Amazon’s AWS, and cybersecurity.

New Full Time Evening Program Coming Fall 2020!

Starting Fall 2020, the CSNT program is moving to an evening hybrid format. CSNT students who work daytime jobs or have other commitments such as internships will have more flexibility when enrolling in coursework toward their Associate of Applied Science degree.

The CSNT department has moved to remote work operations necessitated by COVID-19 and developed remote learning solutions for its students. Lab work is conducted on real LWTech systems via virtual private networks (VPNs), maintaining the hands-on ethos that CSNT is built upon. Students are therefore not required to install unknown or untrusted applications on any of their own devices.

With the hybrid format and the new learning platform, lectures and demonstrations are performed online, in real-time. This helps maintain the hands-on ethos that CSNT courses are built upon. Students have the opportunity to immediately interact with faculty and their fellow classmates during labs and class.

Class Schedule

Check out the Class Schedule for the first courses offered this fall as part of the hybrid/evening program and get started today!

Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student's responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor or counselor. Any developmental coursework a student might be required to complete may increase the program length.

All courses will be taught online during 2021 Winter quarters.

View the 2021 Winter Quarter Schedule

All courses will be taught online during 2020 Fall quarters.

View the 2020 Fall Quarter Schedule

Learn from Industry Experts

Students in the Computer Security and Network Technology program benefit from instructors with varied experience and expertise who enjoy bringing their real-world experience to the learning environment. Continuously developing curriculum is designed to meet industry needs.

Computer Security and Network Technology students at LWTech:

  • Prepare to earn industry certifications such as CompTIA A+, Network+, Linux+, and Security+, as well as AWS CCP and Microsoft MTA, which can lead to more career opportunities and higher salaries.
  • Train on the latest technology and systems.
  • Enjoy small class sizes and hands-on learning.
  • Obtain sought-after tech support skills that are in demand in a variety of work environments.

Transfer Opportunities

Lake Washington Institute of Technology offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Computer Security and Network Technology and an Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree. LWTech has CSNT AAS-T transfer articulation agreements with the many universities, including Western Washington University, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, and more! For a full list of transfer/articulation agreements with other universities and in other programs, please see the Transferring from LWTech webpage.

Career Opportunities

When you complete LWTech's Computer Security and Network Technology program, you will have the skills needed to secure employment as a service technician, computer operator, installer, trouble shooter, network technician, salesperson, help desk support, software technician, network administrators and many other well-paying jobs. Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Bothell, and Seattle are centers of high-tech growth, which create local opportunities for careers in IT.

Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities

  • LWTech Foundation: the LWTech Foundation also offers scholarships, with application periods twice a year.
  • Scholarship Directory: a directory is available on with a list of organizations that provide opportunity for scholarships to students. These organizations are not affiliated with the college and each one has its own selection process and criteria.

Admission Requirement

Entry into this program requires completion of an admissions application.