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Computer Networking and Technical Support

Available at: Cornwall


Note: As of Fall 2020, this program name will change to "Computer Systems Technician". However, for those applying to Cornwall for a January 2020 start, please use the current name (Program Code) on


This program will prepare the student to fill the role of technical support in the dynamic and expanding field of client/server comput­ing, cloud computing, O/S virtualization, enterprise networks, administration and Internet management. Students complete a work placement component which provides on-the-job training with a local company in their final semester.

Our courses are constantly evolving to incorporate a blend of leading edge and traditional technologies to meet the needs of local employers. This program is well suited to people who are interested in computers, but not math, physics or electronics. Many of the courses in the CN&TS program train the students towards obtaining Microsoft, A+, LPIC-1, and Network + certifications.

Students receive hands-on training in:

  • Computer hardware
  • Applied Internet technology
  • Software installation
  • Scripting procedures
  • Diagnostics
  • Network installation
  • Operating systems
  • Maintenance
  • User support
  • Website administration
  • Operating system virtualization

Learning takes place in both classrooms and computer labs. Faculty bring a wealth of real-world experiences to the classroom. A num­ber of courses in the curriculum are delivered in dedicated a lab using exclusively assigned computers, virtual servers and diverse equipment.

Learn more about our program: Frequently Asked Questions About CN&TS

Study in Ireland: earn a Degree in one year

Graduates of the CN&TS program can turn their diploma into Bachelor of Science in Computing in Systems & Networking Degree in just one year (two academic semesters) in Ireland at the Institute of Technology Sligo. Or graduates may earn a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Systems & Networking Degree in two years (four academic semesters). Click here to download the flyer (pdf).


Prospects for both employment and ad­vancement in the Information Technology industry are excellent. Over the past few years, the demand for IT professionals in Canada has doubled as baby boomers opt for retirement.

CN&TS graduates are employed in:

  • Hardware/software support
  • Network administration
  • Help desk support
  • Internet resource management
  • Network support and installation
  • Network design

Our graduates find employment in:

  • Government
  • Corporations
  • Military
  • Hospitals
  • Education sector

Program Name

Computer Networking and Technical Support

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates

Special May Intake - International Students Only

Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Special Scholarship Opportunity: 
Qualified students may be eligible for special financial support made possible through a generous gift donated to the St. Lawrence College Foundation from the Advanced Technology Education Consortium (ATEC). For full details regarding the ATEC Technology Scholarships, applicant criteria and application forms, visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2019-20

Semester 1
COMP 203 Networking 1
COMP 205 Web Development
COMP 1100 Introduction to C++ Programming
COMP 1111 Introduction to Databases
COMM 34 Introduction to College Communications
MATH 9 Introductory College Mathematics

Semester 2
COMP 30 Computer Hardware Systems
COMP 82 MS Client Operating System
COMP 83 Cloud Computing 1
COMP 1201 Database Concepts and Techniques
COMP 3014 Networking 2
General Education Course

Semester 3
COMP 67 Technical Support Procedures
COMP 68 Linux 2
COMP 223 Networking 3
COMP 230 Intermediate PC Hardware
GENE 60 Topics in the Contemporary Workplace
COMP 66 OS Scripting

Semester 4
COMP 63 Work Placement
COMP 207 Cloud Computing 2
COMP 213 Windows Server
PROG 330 PC Hardware III
General Education Course

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

    • Grade 12 English at the C or M level
    • Grade 11 Math at the C, U, or M level
    For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

    If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


    Health Requirements


    The teachers at SLC, especially in the CPA and CNTS programs, were wonderful. They were always ready to help. Whether that meant staying late to work out a problem or making themselves available in other ways, I always got the impression that they really cared that we succeeded.

    Leigh Halliday

    Program Contact

    Brayden Girard

    Admissions Information

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    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

    Advanced Standing

    Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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