Program Overview

At Western Area CTC we emphasize both theory and hands-on training for our Networking students. This program provides students the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge for employment or attendance at a post-secondary school following completion of our three-year program. Students will learn all aspects of Networking and Cyber Security as well as PC computer technology skills. Course topics include Advanced Troubleshooting, Computer Assembly, Mobile Devices, Security, and Operating Systems.

Networking Technology Skills

Students will learn critical thinking, complex problem solving, installation, troubleshooting, active listening judgment and decision making.  Although theory is necessary, most of this technology is hands-on learning. Discover academic and research centers and initiatives concentrating specifically on international topics including area studies, languages, law, science, arts and humanities and more.

Careers and Initiatives

  • Students will have the opportunity to co-op in their senior year providing grades and attendance meet state standards.
  • Students will be able to work toward program certifications.
  • Discover the many career opportunities in the Networking field.
  • There are many jobs in Washington and surrounding counties.
  • In 2020, the average wage for a Computer Network Support Specialist was $31.47 an hour, $65,450 annually.

Post-Secondary Training Options

Western Area CTC articulates with Pittsburgh Technical College to provide students the opportunity to advance their careers.


  • CareerSafe OSHA
  • Cisco Systems: CCENT; CCNA
  • Computing Technology Industry Association: A+; IT Fundamentals; Network +