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Program Overview: 

The IT Networking Academy (Cisco Academy) is a nationally recognized program that prepares students for successful careers in information technology fields such as computer network design and administration, hardware, software and network installation, local and wide-area network (LAN/WAN) management and systems engineering.  The IT Networking Academy (Cisco Academy) prepares high school students with the professional skills they require to pursue quality academic and professional opportunities.  Particular emphasis is given to using decision-making and problem-solving techniques in the application of science, mathematics, communication and social studies concepts to solve networking problems.

 

Academy courses are designed with the option of an applied approach or a more theoretical approach to learning IT networking.  The course sequence is a hands-on, applied technology approach to Cisco and CompTIA certifications.   As a result of participation in this program, students can earn industry certifications that are the first steps toward a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification, or to more advanced certifications in CCNA Voice, Cloud, Wireless, or Security.

 

The IT Networking Academy (Cisco) Program includes three, four-credit pathways that lead to Cisco certifications.  The following table shows the pathways including the courses that make up each pathway:

 

 

Course 1:  IT Essentials (1 credit)

Course Description: This course covers fundamental computer and career skills for entry-level IT jobs. The IT Essentials course includes hands-on labs that provide practical experience to prepare students for enterprise networking.  Simulation tools help students hone their troubleshooting skills and practice what they learn.  Students are expected to know and be able to:

 

  • Develop working knowledge of how computers and mobile devices operate.
  • Identify common security threats and vulnerabilities like malware, phishing, spoofing and social engineering.
  • Apply skills and procedures to install, configure, and troubleshoot computers, mobile devices, and software.
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills using both real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer, a network configuration simulation tool.
  • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

 

 

Course 2a: NDG Linux Essentials

Course SCED:  10934

Couse Description: This course is the starting point for learning Linux skills.  It is designed for learners who are beginning to build Linux knowledge for a career in information technology.  NDG Linux Essentials is an introduction to Linux as an operating system, basic open source concepts and the basics of the Linux command line.  The course content is developed by experts and includes a Linux virtual machine as well as step-by-step labs which give students hands-on access to practice Linux command line concepts.  Students will know and be able to:

 

  • Learn basic open source concepts.
  • Understand how Linux is used and the basics of the command line.
  • Apply skills using Linux virtual machine with step-by-step and hands-on lab activities.
  • Build foundational knowledge for progressively mastering Linux commands.
  • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

 

 

Course 3:  Network Essentials

Course Description:  Networking Essentials covers basic networking concepts within the context of the networks that people encounter daily. In this course, students will develop hands-on networking skills and understand the role networks play in our lives. This course also introduces students to networking careers and prepares them for further study.  Students will know and be able to:

 

  • Learn how to plan and install a network using real equipment and connect it to the Internet.
  • Practice verifying and troubleshooting network and Internet connectivity.
  • Learn how to recognize and mitigate security threats to a home network.
  • Configure common Internet applications, set up sharing between computers, and configure basic IP services.
  • Apply skills through practice, using labs and Cisco Packet Tracer activities.
  • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

 

 

Course 4:  CCNA Cyber Operations (Cyber Ops)

Course Description:  The CCNA Cybersecurity Operations course develops career-ready skills needed to detect, monitor, analyze, and respond to ever growing cyber threats world-wide. In this course, students learn about cybercrime, cyberespionage, insider threats, advanced persistent threats, regulatory requirements, and other cybersecurity issues facing organizations. Students develop hands-on knowledge leveraging rich multimedia content and Cisco Packet Tracer activities. The course extends the cybersecurity material covered in Cybersecurity Essentials and prepares students for the Cisco Cybersecurity Operations certification.  Students will know and be able to:

 

  • Deepen knowledge with real-world cybersecurity threat simulations which create opportunities for ethical hacking, security monitoring, analysis and resolution
  • Reinforce skills through practice using hands-on labs and Cisco Packet Tracer activities.
  • Get immediate feedback on work through interactive quizzes and tests.
  • Prepare for the two CCNA Cybersecurity Operations Certification exams and validate skills to employers.
  • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

 

The Information Technology program prepares students for today’s technology-based careers and industries, with relevant instruction in all aspects of personal computing including: multimedia telecommunications, technical writing, end-user information systems, troubleshooting, and hardware maintenance. The information technology degree is designed to provide the flexibility to integrate specialized technology and skills into a customized program.