Computer networks are an indispensable part of modern day life. They are utilized everywhere; from paying a bill with your home computer, to processing volumes of information on the high-speed networks of today's technology-oriented businesses. This program teaches the skills necessary for graduates to obtain entry-level employment in the growing field of Computer Networking & Security.
Using a closely integrated combination of classroom theory and hands-on lab experience, students are taught the essentials of computer maintenance and repair. In addition, graduates of this program have experience with hardware and software components used by organizations to operate over local and Internet-based networks. These include Linux and Microsoft operating systems and network software, Cisco operating software and equipment, and widely used business application software packages.
The Computer Networking and Security program also emphasizes communication skills (both oral and written) and interpersonal skills that offer our graduates an edge in the competitive business environment of the 21st century. The courses in this program are not certification courses nor are certifications a prerequisite for graduation.
A career in Computer Networking & Security offers many exciting opportunities. In today's society, businesses, schools and government agencies need trained professionals to oversee their computer systems and administer their networks.
Graduates of this program receive a Diploma in preparation for such entry-level positions as: Computer Repair Specialist, Computer Technician, Help Desk Specialist, Technical Support Specialist, Computer Systems Administrator, Network Technician and others.
Training equipment / hardware / software
Every student receives a network and computer tool kit. These kits contain screwdrivers, pliers, cabling crimpers, strippers, punch down tool and cable tester for various network connections.
The computers utilized provide training on equipment found in many modern businesses. In addition, a number of different network file servers, printers, CD-ROMs, and multi-media devices are used. Networking devices such as hubs, switches and routers, wireless NICs and access points are also used.
The software covered includes client operating systems, MS-DOS, Windows 95/98/XP, and Windows NT and Windows 2000 Server / Professional. The network operating systems used are Microsoft Windows Server 2003, and Linux. Various application software packages are presented and used such as Microsoft Word, e-mail packages, anti-viruses, and computer diagnostic software. Cisco's IOS is also presented.