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
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.
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.
Linux Networking Certificate
This certificate has as its goal the training of individuals in
skills to install, configure, and maintain the Linux operating
system. 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
Microsoft Networking Certificate (MCSA)
The Microsoft Networking Certificate (MCSA) consists of
6 courses (18 semester hours). These courses are also either
required or electives to the Networking Technology degree
program at Sandhills Community College. The audience for
this training is the student who wishes to become a network
administrator or technical support specialist, systems manager,
or a technical consultant.
The courses teach students how to support and integrate
computing systems with Microsoft products. MCSA
networking certificate courses also help students prepare for
MCP exams and build toward the level of Microsoft Certified
Systems Engineer (MCSE). By passing these exams, students
can earn an industry-recognized credential indicating technical
proficiency with Microsoft networking and operating systems.
Network Security Certificate
This certificate is designed to focus on the crucial task of securing
a network. Upon completion, students will gain the ability
to identify information security risks, create an information
security policy, identify processes to implement, enforce policy,
implement secure data transmission technologies, identify
normal network traffic using network analysis tools, and design
basic security defenses.
This certificate also will help prepare the student for the
CompTIA Security+ Industry Certification. By passing
the certificate exam, students earn an industry-recognized
credential indicating a basic technical proficiency in securing
networks. This certificate will also increase the marketability of
the student in finding employment.
Rick Hooker, Networking Technologies Coordinator/Instructor
242 Little Hall
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