Computer Networking

First year encompasses Cisco IT Essentials (A+) and Cisco CCNA 1 & 2 (CCENT). Students develop skills in design, configuration, and maintenance of PC/laptop/networking hardware, software, peripherals, cabling, and small-office/home-office (SOHO) network design. The course covers industry standards for network protocols, topologies, design, security, and protection. An introduction to converged networking (voice, video, and data) is also provided. This course prepares students for these industry certifications: CompTIA A+, MTA, and CCENT. Eligible students may continue to second-year, with a focus on the design, configuration, and maintenance of switches and routers, LANs and VLANs. Specifically students configure and troubleshoot LANs, WANs -- including PPP, VLSM, and the configuration and implementation of access control lists, and other security mechanisms. A study of advanced wireless business network technology is included. Second-year students are prepared for the Network+ and Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) industry certifications.

Within the Computer Networking program, students may indicate a preference for either the Computer Systems track or the Cybersecurity Systems track. Computer Systems  emphasizes server setup and hardware, while Cybersecurity Systems focuses on operating systems and software.

Occupation Opportunities
Network Systems Administrator
Information Technology Specialist

Certification Opportunities
CompTIA A+ & Microsoft Technology Associate
Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician
Network+ & Cisco Certified Network Associate

Credits for this Program Include:
Computer Systems track, Year 1
Cisco I and II (.5 Credit Each)
Computer Systems Tech (1 Credit)
Entrepreneurship (1 Credit)
Computer Systems track, Year 2
Cisco III and IV (.5 Credit Each)
Adv. Computer Systems Tech (2 Credits)
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Cybersecurity Systems track, Year 1
Cisco I and II (.5 Credit Each)
Cybersecurity Systems Tech (1 Credit)
Entrepreneurship (1 Credit)
Cybersecurity Systems track, Year 2
Cisco III and IV (.5 Credit Each)
Adv. Cybersecurity Systems Tech (2 Credits)

Preferred Aptitudes
Ability to remain focused while working at a
computer for long periods of time

Dual enrollment credits may be available for eligible students