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

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The Cisco Networking Academy at Clovis Community College helps prepare students to receive 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 Networking Associate Routing & Switching (CCNA R&S) 

Cisco courses teach students network fundamentals, how information makes it from point A to point B on a computer network, and the protocols involved. Students 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 and manage small to enterprise-level networks, to include network device configuration, IPv4 and IPv6 addressing, basic security administration, virtual LAN’s (VLAN’s), wireless LANs (WLANs), and network troubleshooting principles.

Students then advance into the world of Wide Area Networks (WANs), or networks that are geographically separated over long distances. Students will learn more advanced techniques such as software-defined networking, virtualization, access control lists (ACL’s), and automation concepts that support management and security of modern networks. To obtain the Cisco industry certification, individuals must pass the 200-301 CCNA Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions exam. (3 semesters, 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 Networking Academy CCNA 1)
  • CIS 103, Configuring Cisco Devices for Internetworking Routing (Cisco Networking Academy CCNA 2)
  • CIS 203, Configuring Connection Enterprise Services (Cisco Networking Academy CCNA 3)

 

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