Any thoughts on WGU's network school?



  • I've lined up with WGU to take their BIS Network admin degree program as I am interested in this field greatly.

    I'm just kinda confused why the certs they will have me going for don't include CCNA etc and are more Microsoft degrees.  Do they mean Network administrator for a workgroup or network admin - running the equipment of a network in an enterprise environment?
    Their network security degree plan has all of the cisco certs in it.

    Kinda curious what ya'll think.  I have till June to decide which of their degree plans to take.



  • I guess I'll let ya'll know, I'm enrolled to start in June.

    Maybe one of these days I will be able to contribute in some meaningful way. ;D


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    So your taking this program?

    https://www.wgu.edu/online_it_degrees/information_technology_degree_networks_admin

    What exactly are you wanting to learn?  Or actually do?  Or understand?



  • @johnpoz:

    So your taking this program?

    https://www.wgu.edu/online_it_degrees/information_technology_degree_networks_admin

    What exactly are you wanting to learn?  Or actually do?  Or understand?

    There's the rub.  I already do the job I would get with this degree.  I'm basically entrenching myself.
    I'm self taught so I'm bound to have not learned everything.  This is a good, cheap way to get the college folks to agree and sign off that I know what I'm doing in case I ever have to job hunt in the future.

    Though I was at first looking at the Security and Data assurance degree because I wanted to be at the network hardware level.  Honestly though, I don't think it matters.  If I like the school and I can bang out courses enough I could go for both.

    WGU is rated something like 13 in the nation for this program - Penn State is #1 - but Penn is ~75k if you pass all your classes the first time.


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    "I'm self taught so I'm bound to have not learned everything. "

    How would that be any different than some degree to be honest.  You are constantly learning - I learn something new every day, if not multiple things..  There is no degree that covers all aspects of field of study..

    That course doesn't seem at all geared towards networking or firewall principles.. network+ and security+ ? could take some bright 8 year old off the street and pass those certs ;)

    They basically say yup network+ he knows the difference between a switch and router.. Understands the difference between layer 2 and 3.. But asked to troubleshoot BGP, or look at a sniff and figure out what is wrong.. Yeah not so much..



  • If it provides the appropriate alphabet soup to your resume that's all that matters.



  • @johnpoz:

    "I'm self taught so I'm bound to have not learned everything. "

    How would that be any different than some degree to be honest.  You are constantly learning - I learn something new every day, if not multiple things..  There is no degree that covers all aspects of field of study..

    That course doesn't seem at all geared towards networking or firewall principles.. network+ and security+ ? could take some bright 8 year old off the street and pass those certs ;)

    They basically say yup network+ he knows the difference between a switch and router.. Understands the difference between layer 2 and 3.. But asked to troubleshoot BGP, or look at a sniff and figure out what is wrong.. Yeah not so much..

    Oh I totally agree with you there.  Unless there were super powers involved, I can't stomach the old version of colleges. 
    The way I see it though, is if they're still going to use these structures for continuation of education I may as well play their game.  I see a lot of these coding bootcamps that prefer you have some sort of degree first.  And yes I know that the degree doesn't give me +500 to networking success.  (or does it?)  My education is never done, much like the industry.  If I need that sort of completion I'd get a degree in Latin.


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