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Network Specialist – A Critical Career Opportunity

Today, nearly all transactions in business and personal activities involve a computer: recording a sale, computing payroll, keeping track of inventory, paying bills, and more. In this age of high technology, every organization with a computer needs to have Network Specialists available, either on-site or on-call, to deal with the problems that will certainly occur.

Every list of high-demand/high-salary jobs points to many careers related to computer technology.  And keep in mind, “Infrastructure” (networks, operating systems, application, and database servers) will always be in demand.  Someone has to keep all of this technology working correctly!  Those are the duties of a Network Specialist.  This means that a Network Specialist has a multitude of responsibilities and specific skills which makes for a great background.

CompTIA lists over 150,000 job postings annually for “Network Specialist”.  This position is a key entry-level role that leads to many fascinating career paths both in technology and management.

Typical Network Specialist Roles include:

Perform day-to-day IT support tasks including computer assembly, wireless networking, installing programs, and customer service and includes end-to-end customer support, ranging from identifying problems to troubleshooting and debugging.
Use many different systems including Windows, Linux, configuring DNS (Domain Name Systems), Command-Line Interface on servers, and coding various types of automation scripts.
Support the infrastructure of an organization (operating systems, designing and building networks, maintaining and managing network devices, and using network hardware such as switches and routers).
Keep the organization functioning – analyze, troubleshoot, analyze and resolve computer network problems.
More advanced positions may be responsible to design, build and support local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Intranets.
To become a Network Specialist, you need to develop a strong foundational knowledge in networking concepts, including the OSI model, internet, various networking protocols, and so on.

Our panelists include experts whose careers have spanned the length and breadth of networking technology starting as entry-level and working into education, senior staff, and executive positions.  The panel will overview the Network Specialist career discussing the process, techniques, and technology used to create and manage networks and computer systems in corporations large and small. They will also discuss careers and the skills needed to enter the field. Please attend the live virtual panel on Saturday, January 29, 2022, from 10-11:00 AM.

Attend this virtual panel discussion to learn more about the Network Specialist Technology Careers, what it is like to work in this area, and how to prepare for these positions.  The panelists followed different paths to their positions.

The panel will be moderated by Jeffrey Hunter, Founder of accessAmerica Group (a consulting and investment group) working with 2 startups, one as CIO for a startup mobile device manufacture, VP of Field Operations for an energy company, and former CIO for Hartford’s Non-Standard auto division.

The virtual panel will take place on Saturday, January 29th from 10:00-11:00 AM CST. Please see this link for more detail about the event.

Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/961406148133766

Live Event Link (will only be active when the event starts)
https://www.facebook.com/techprizeracine/live

Some topics that will be covered include:

The panel will provide an overview of the Network Specialist Career
Discuss a day in the life of a Network Specialist
Discuss careers, and describe paths for entering those careers
Give insight into the Career Path & Salary Expectations
Identify ways to get started.
Q&A

The following individuals will take part in the panel discussion.

Jeffrey W. Hunter (moderator) – Jeffrey Hunter is the Founder and Managing Member of accessAmerica Group, a Wisconsin-based independent consulting and investment firm, where he has worked since April 2006.  Mr. Hunter has experience in the Energy, Insurance, Wireless and Technical Services industries where he has built and led large teams, driving creative solutions.

Currently Jeff is CIO for two startup companies.  One is a high-tech manufacturer of mobile devices and the other is a high-tech manufacturer of green energy generation systems.  Both companies are greenfield startups.

Previously, he was a CIO for a division of The Hartford focused on non-standard auto insurance; and has held various executive and management positions in both large corporate and startup companies including Deere and Co, Baxter/Allegiance Healthcare, BellSouth Wireless Data, Sears Business Systems, Inacom, Deposit Waiver Solutions, Green Global Power, Solar Motor Systems, Kissangen, CCIDP, and Clientsoft.

Wendy Klemp – Wendy Klemp is an Information Technology Instructor at Gateway Technical College since September 2012, and a part-time (adjunct) instructor since September 2002. Wendy teaches courses in the IT-Network Specialist, IT-Cybersecurity, and IT-Computer Support Specialist programs. She also serves as the Program Effectiveness Coordinator for the IT- Network Specialist program. In her spare time Wendy is the VP of Finance (volunteer) for the Milwaukee HDI Chapter.

Wendy graduated from Gateway Technical College in December 2000 with an Associate of Applied Science Computer Information Systems – Microcomputer Specialist degree. She continued her education at University of Phoenix and earned her Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in August 2005, and Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Technology Management in September 2015.

Wendy’s previous technical employment includes: Supervisor of Help Desk and Computer Operations for Time Warner Cable, Network Administrator/Project Administrator for a local construction company, and a Network Support Specialist for Sta-Rite Industries.

Additional Panelists will be added shortly

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Date

Jan 29 2022

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10:00 am - 11:15 am

Speakers

  • Jeffrey W. Hunter
    Jeffrey W. Hunter
    Founder

    Jeff is the Founder and Managing Member of accessAmerica Group, a Wisconsin-based independent consulting and investment firm, where he has worked since April 2006. Mr. Hunter has experience in the Energy, Manufacturing, Insurance, Wireless, and Technical Services industries where he has built and led large teams, driving creative solutions.
    Currently, Jeff is CIO for two startup companies. One is a high-tech manufacturer of mobile devices (CIO) and the other is a high-tech manufacturer of green energy generation systems (VP Field Service). Both companies are greenfield startups.
    Previously, he was a CIO for a division of The Hartford focused on non-standard auto insurance; and has held various executive and management positions in both large corporate and startup companies including Deere and Co, Baxter/Allegiance Healthcare, BellSouth Wireless Data, Sears Business Systems, Inacom, Deposit Waiver Solutions, Green Global Power, Solar Motor Systems, Kissangen, CCIDP, and Clientsoft.

  • Wendy Klemp
    Wendy Klemp
    Information Technology Instructor at Gateway Technical College

    Wendy Klemp is an Information Technology Instructor at Gateway Technical College since September 2012, and a part-time (adjunct) instructor since September 2002. Wendy teaches courses in the IT-Network Specialist, IT-Cybersecurity, and IT-Computer Support Specialist programs. She also serves as the Program Effectiveness Coordinator for the IT- Network Specialist program. In her spare time Wendy is the VP of Finance (volunteer) for the Milwaukee HDI Chapter.
    Wendy graduated from Gateway Technical College in December 2000 with an Associate of Applied Science Computer Information Systems – Microcomputer Specialist degree. She continued her education at University of Phoenix and earned her Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in August 2005, and Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Technology Management in September 2015.
    Wendy’s previous technical employment includes: Supervisor of Help Desk and Computer Operations for Time Warner Cable, Network Administrator/Project Administrator for a local construction company, and a Network Support Specialist for Sta-Rite Industries.

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