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Unique program may encourage more growth in this IT industry.

Microsoft is teaming with DMACC West Des Moines Campus to create the Microsoft Datacenter Academy.

The new Academy will educate and train professionals to staff, maintain and service the growing number of computer networks located within the data centers throughout Central Iowa.

This is the first-of-its-kind program in the Midwest and only the fourth Microsoft Datacenter Academy in the nation.

“Our goal is to grow the number and quality of workers for these important jobs,” said Paul Englis, Senior Program Manager for Datacenter Community Development. “We have enjoyed our relationship with DMACC’s West Des Moines Campus over the years and, as a result of their location and expertise, we chose the college as our partner in this important workforce development program.”

Network Technology

The world’s n​​​etwork revolution started with the telegraph and early telephone systems and has accelerated exponentially in reach, capability, and sophistication ever since. Today we live in a world of networks that carry our voices, video, and data traffic across town or across the globe in seconds. The Internet (the world’s largest network), “big data,” cell phones, telephones, streaming video, and much more all rely on skilled workers to establish and maintain technology that keeps the digital data flowing. Without networks, business and personal life as we know it would grind to a halt.

If you’re intrigued by how networks function, DMACC can help you find a career in data communications. You’ll learn how to establish, repair, and maintain a wide variety of telecommunications and data networks.​​horizontal rule

Completion Options

Associate Degree Program

Network Technology-Telecommunications/Data Communications, AAS

Associate Degree Website

Certificate Program

Network Technology-Telecommunications, Certificate

  • Build and design modern communication networks
  • Configure high-tech networks including Wi-Fi, Voice and Data switching, Laser Fiber Optics, Voice over IP, and more
  • Maintain work equipment, machinery, and computer networks to enhance performance and user access
  • Implement security measures for computer or information systems
  • Analyze data to identify or resolve operational problems
  • Create electronic data backup to prevent loss of information
  • Coordinate project activities with other personnel or departments
  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order

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