Networking

CompTIA A+

CompTIA A+ LogoCompTIA A+ is a computer hardware and software certification that is the stepping stone toward many other IT based certifications. Students who receive their A+ certification are knowledgeable in hardware installation and repairs, troubleshooting common hardware and software issues, become savvy in network fundamentals, along with the setup and use of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. CompTIA certifications are minimum requirements for jobs in the federal governmentt (US DoD Directive 8570.01-M).

Coursework to prepare to take this certification is offered in CIS 134, Computer Hardware and Software.


 CompTIA Network+

CompTIA Network+ LogoCompTIA Network+ prepares students for a career in the broad field of computer networking. In the modern information age, finding a business or industry that does not use some variant of computer networking is nearly impossible. You will learn to manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install, operate, and configure a network. This program allows students to work in a wide variety of industries including business, education, agriculture, and even government and military. This program discusses wired and wireless networks, fiber optics, high speed data transfer, network storage, and more. CompTIA certifications are minimum requirements for jobs in the federal governmentt (US DoD Directive 8570.01-M).

Coursework to prepare to take this certification is offered in CIS 135, Network Fundamentals for Network+.


 CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ LogoCompTIA Security+ is the ideal continuation for students currently seeking or who have already earned their CompTIA Network+ and A+ certifications. Students will learn how to identify vulnerabilities of computer networks, how to safeguard networks, and how to setup and manage shared resources in a secure manner. Further topics cover the health and monitoring of computer networks, their assets, and shows students how to detect problems and potential hackers, threats, and other issues. CompTIA certifications are minimum requirements for jobs in the federal governmentt (US DoD Directive 8570.01-M).

Coursework to prepare to take this certification is offered in CIS 235, Fundamentals of Network Security.


Microsoft Certified Solutions Administrator (MCSA)

Microsoft Certified Systems AdministratorThe MCSA certification indicates an ability to successfully implement, build on, troubleshoot, and debug a particular Microsoft technology, such as a Windows operating system, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Visual Studio.  This certificate is available online.  Earning an MCSA: Windows Server certification qualifies you for a position as a network or computer systems administrator or as a computer network specialist, and it is the first step on your path to becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).

Coursework to prepare to take this certification is offered in CIS 232, Server Administration Using Microsoft Windows Server.


 

 Cisco Networking Academy

Cisco Networking logoThe Cisco Networking Academy at Clovis Community College helps prepare students to receive their Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) and then their Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certifications. Our students train in a state-of-the art lab where real world conditions can be tried and tested with actual Cisco equipment.

Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT)

Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) covers network fundamentals, how information makes it from point A to point B on a computer network, and the protocols involved. Students will become familiar with the Cisco Command Line Interface (CLI), which allows configuration, management, and control of all Cisco devices on a network, including routers and layer 2 and 3 switches. You will learn how to set up virtual LAN’s (VLAN’s), access control lists (ACL’s), and other techniques to help manage small to enterprise-level networks. (2 semesters, Fall start only, see an Academic Advisor for more information)

Students will be prepared for taking a certification exam after the completion of the following courses:

  • CIS 102, Networking Concepts (Cisco Academy CCNA 1)
  • CIS 103, Configuring Cisco Devices for Internetworking Routing (Cisco Academy CCNA 2)

Cisco Certified Networking Associate Routing & Switching (CCNA R&S) 

Cisco Certified Networking Associate Routing and Switching (CCNA R&S) branches students out into the world of Wide Area Networks, or networks that are geographically separated over long distances. Students will learn more advanced techniques to push the limits of Cisco networking hardware, such as increasing data throughput of the hardware. (3 semesters total, one additional semester from CCENT)

Students will be prepared for taking a certification exam after the completion of the following courses:

  • CIS 202, Network Traffic Management (Cisco Academy CCNA 3)
  • CIS 203, Configuring WAN Connection Services (Cisco Academy CCNA 4)

Cisco Certified Networking Associate Security (CCNA Security) 

Cisco Certified Networking Associate Security (CCNA Security) introduces students to core security concepts and skills needed for the installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of Cisco network devices to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices. Course topics include security threats, securing Cisco routers, implementing AAA, mitigating threats using ACLs, and implementing secure network management. The course covers CCNA Security and CompTIA Security+ certification topics. To obtain the Cisco certification, qualified individuals must pass the Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS) exam. (2.5 semesters total, one 8-week additional semester from CCENT)

Students will be prepared for taking a certification exam after the completion of the following courses:

  • CIS 204, Cisco CCNA Security (Cisco Academy)
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