IT – Networking

The Networking Technology Curriculum prepares individuals for employment supporting network infrastructure environments. Students will learn how to use technologies to provide reliable transmission and delivery of data, voice, image, and video communications in business, industry, and education.

Course work includes design, installation, configuration, and management of network infrastructure technologies and network operating systems. Emphasis is placed on the implementation and management of network software and the implementation and management of hardware such as switches and routers.

Graduates may find employment in entry-level jobs as local area network managers, network operators, network analysts, and network technicians. Graduates may also be qualified to take certification examinations for various network industry certifications, depending on their local program.

Because the use of computers is integral to this curriculum, some courses are delivered in an online format.

Unique Aspects

Students in the program utilize Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, Linksys wireless routers, and other hardware in their coursework. They perform basic configuration tasks for routers and switches as well as more advanced configurations for securing a network and securing the networking devices from network attacks. Wire cutters, cable strippers, connector crimpers, and punch down tools are utilized to create network cables and to wire patch panels. Digital multimeters, tone generators and locators (fox and hound), and wire mapping are utilized to test and troubleshoot network infrastructure cabling.

Cisco PacketTracer is utilized to design and test network configurations in a simulated environment. Numerous security applications are explored and utilized in the lab. Students also configure Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) server software for backing up and storing router and switch images and configurations. Numerous networking protocols are explored and configured including DNS, HTTP, FTP, DHCP, Telnet, and SSH.

Windows desktop operating systems, Windows Server with Active Directory, and Linux operating systems are utilized. As an added bonus, students are eligible to obtain various Microsoft operating systems and development software through the MSDN Academic Alliance.

Certifications

An integral part of the degree program is the Cisco Networking Academy. These classes prepare students for the Cisco Certified Networking Associate in Routing and Switching (CCNA R&S) and the Cisco CCNA Security (CCNAS) certifications . Although not a course requirement, many classes prepare students for various CompTIA certifications such as the A+, Linux+, Network+, Security+ and Microsoft Certifications through the hands on lab exercises.

Networking Fundamentals Diploma

The Networking Fundamentals Diploma prepares students for entry-level positions in  Networking. It provides basic skills in network operating systems such as Windows Server
and Red Hat Enterprise, as well as fundamental knowledge of networking hardware and basic router configurations.

Cisco Networking Certificate

The Cisco Networking Certificate is meant to prepare students for the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) Certification. The curriculum includes courses in network theory and protocols, router and switch configuration, and network design. The Cisco courses are a core requirement for the students in the Networking Technology Associate in Applied Science degree program.

IT Support and Advanced IT Support Certificates

These certificates have as their goal the training of individuals in skills to install, configure, and maintain desktop, and server operating systems. Coursework includes hardware and software support as well as exposure to both windows desktop and server operating systems and Linux.All the courses in this certificate count toward the Networking Technology AAS degree program. The courses in this certificate are available online with some available in the evening.

Information Security and Advanced Information Security Certificates

These certiciactes are designed to expose students to the skills necessary to secure desktop, servers, and networks from attack. There are three separate courses that focus on each subject individually. SEC 110 focuses on securing desktop, SEC 150 focuses on securing servers, SEC 160 focuses on securing the network. The Advanced certificate also incorporates tools to detect potential attacks. These skills are becoming more important in todays employment marketplace.

Contact Information

Rick Hooker, Networking Technologies Coordinator/Instructor
242 Little Hall
(910) 695-3791
hookerr@sandhills.edu