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Computer Networking & Information Systems Security

Why Choose the Computer Networking & Information Systems Security Program?

Our Computer Networking & Information Systems Security program prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities protecting computers and networks against unauthorized access or modification. You’ll learn how to prevent the denial of service to authorized users, as well as the support, design, implementation, and administration of new computer networks and maintenance of existing systems. Our style of hands-on learning means we do it, then we break it, then we fix it. If you love working with computers and want to help protect people from digital threats, this is the program for you.


Potential Careers


Median annual pay in Washington:

$88,800 per year.

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Median annual pay in Washington:

$67,600 per year.

Full Career Details

Career Pathway


This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

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Computer Networking & Information Systems Security Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Computer Networking & Information Systems Security degree, students will:

  • Diagnose and repair computers and printers.
  • Analyze user and system problems. Provide network and computer support.
  • Demonstrate best practices for installing, configuring, and administering server operating systems, network devices, and directory services.
  • Analyze user and intruder activity, analyze malware, collect evidence, and document findings.
  • Discuss technical issues orally and in writing with supervisors, team members, and users at a college level.
  • Demonstrate job-ready skills by preparing an IT job search, resume, and LinkedIn profile and discussing questions in an interview in a professional manner.
  • Evaluate risk in information systems. Demonstrate sound judgment when recommending cybersecurity mitigations.
  • Plan, design, and implement computer networks in a team environment.

Meet Your Instructors

Kelly Hollowell

Kelly Hollowell


Kelly has a degree in Computer Science and has had over 21 industry and IT certifications. Kelly has taught at CPTC for more than 10 years, and in 2011 he was awarded an honorary membership into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He has also been awarded the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence in Teaching Award and the Puget Sound Energy Distinguished Faculty Award.

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Jay Lanphier

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Catherine Morris

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Jody Randall

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Donald Souza

Donald Souza

Don brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the Network and Computer Security industry. Don has an associate degree in Electronic Technology and maintains certifications in A+, MCP, 2008 Server Administration and ITAA Information Security Awareness, as well as multiple FEMA certifications. He has been with the CNISS program since its inception.

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Jeff Turner

Jeff Turner

Jeff has degrees in Information Systems Application and Management. In the military, he worked at every level of security, from practitioner to program manager. He’s been a systems administrator, webmaster, and online course developer. His certifications include A+, Linux+, and the CCNA. He is CPTC's certified Cisco CCNA instructor.

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Computer Networking & Information Systems Security Program Information Sessions are hosted in Building 16, Room 209, at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information and a complete schedule of session dates, click here.




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From left to right, CPTC Trustees Bruce Lachney and Eli Taylor, Jennifer Weinmann, Jay Lanphier, Michael Smith, CPTC Trustee Mark Martinez, and CPTC President Dr. Joyce Loveday.

Clover Park Technical College’s March Board of Trustees meeting concluded with the Board awarding tenure to Jay Lanphier, Michael Smith, and Jennifer Weinmann.

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CPTC President Dr. Joyce Loveday with All-Washington Academic honorees Ronald Hayes (left) and Nelson Nyland (right) at the luncheon ceremony on Thursday.

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