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 Amazonโ€™s AWS, and cybersecurity.

Evening Program

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

The CSNT department has moved to remote work operations and developed remote learning solutions for its students. Lab work is conducted on simulated and live virtual lab construction, and virtual private networks (VPNs), which helps maintain the hands-on ethos that CSNT is built upon. In person hands on evening classes are also conducted so students have the opportunity to work with current hardware and operating systems.  CSNT students will be provided with a LWTech issued laptop, which has virtualization software therefore alleviating any requirement 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.

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+, Security+, PenTest+ and Cloud+ as well as AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner and Microsoft Technology Associate (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.

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.

Additional Computer Security and Network Technology Program Information

  • Computer Security and Networking Technology Admission Dates
    • Fall Quarter
  • Computer Security and Networking Technology Program Class Format
    • Hybrid (part of class time on-campus, part online)

Supported certificate(s):

I-BEST Support in Computer Security and Network Technology

Discover the advantages of I-BEST support for students pursuing the IT Support Technician, Certificate of Proficiency. Our comprehensive program provides in-class assistance in various areas, including writing, math, notetaking, presentation skills, study techniques, and career readiness.

What is I-BEST?

At LWTech, I-BEST classes are uniquely structured with TWO instructors in ONE classroom. One instructor is a Professional-Technical or General Education faculty member, while the other specializes in Adult Basic Education (ABE) or English Language Learning (ELL). This collaborative approach ensures that I-BEST students receive exceptional attention and support throughout their classes. With this additional academic assistance, our I-BEST classes yield remarkable student success rates, allowing them to commence their certificate programs earlier, complete their degrees faster, and acquire the necessary education for pursuing their desired careers.

To discover more about I-BEST and connect with a knowledgeable advisor, please visit our dedicated I-BEST webpage.

At LWTech, we welcome all students as an open enrollment college and we are committed to your inclusion at the college. The Computer Security and Network Security program of study leads to an industry or specific employers that may require a full or partial background check as well as a drug test before you start the job.

Entry into the Computer Security and Network Technology program requires completion of LWTech's general online application.


Additional Admission Considerations

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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.

  • 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.

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Explore Careers and Paths in Computer Security

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!

To learn more about transferring to another college or university, please visit our Transferring from LWTech page.