Networking and Security
Would you like to turn your interest in computers or the internet into an exciting and profitable career where you build and maintain a computer network or ensure security? Specialists with these skills are in high demand.
Networking and IT security professionals are indispensable in keeping computer networks protected and running smoothly and users safe. They wire offices for high-speed broadband, install and maintain firewalls, monitor security software, support desktop users, and build out custom networks.
Our Networking and Security program can train you to perform tasks associated with network administration and security, computer networks and data communications, and information and data security. Depending on your path, this program can prepare you for the following industry certification exams: Cisco CCNA & CCNP, CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Linux+, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Microsoft, VMware, Amazon Web Services, and IT Help Desk.
If you’re ready to launch a new career in IT security or computer networks — or boost your current one — enroll in our Networking and Security program and make it happen today!
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
GateWay provides two educational paths to complete a credential in the Networking and Security industry, both of which provide you with the knowledge and skills to be successful and enter the job market quickly.
As a GateWay Community College student in this field, you are able to start your bachelor's degree at a significant savings. Through partnerships with our state universities, you are able to transfer many of your credits earned at GateWay.
Review the course requirements for complete details. Work with an advisor regarding pathways to transfer credits to one of the state universities.
Program Tuition Estimates*
Associate in Applied Science in Network and Systems Administration: $6,247
Associate of Applied Science in Cybersecurity: $6,247
Certificate of Completion in Microsoft Desktop Associate: $2,923
Certificate of Completion in Linux Associate: $1,077
Certificate of Completion in Red Hat Linux Administrator: $1,077
Certificate of Completion in Red Hat Linux Engineer: $1,077
Certificate of Completion in Linux System Administration: $1,077
Certificate of Completion in Cisco Network Administration: $2,332
*Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.
Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.
GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Why should you choose an accredited school?
Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.
The Security Specialist programs is considered a clock hour program, which is a non-credit training program that provides skills for quick entry into the workforce. Programs have specific year-round start dates and typically meet four times a week, Monday-Thursday.
Virtual Pre-Enrollment Sessions
Enrollment Session: Thursdays, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Program Cost Estimates*
Certificate of Competency in Security Specialist: $5,060 | 418 hours/5 months
Certificate of Competency in Network Security Specialist: $3,810 | 366 hours/4 months
*Months based on 24 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, lab and estimated book fees. Not federal financial aid eligible. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.