The information technology (IT) sector is facing a severe
shortage of workers. According to ITAA's Bridging the Gap: IT Skills in the New Millennium
study (April 2000) 846,000 positions in the IT sector will likely go unfilled this year
with a 108% projected growth rate for IT employment. To address this need, increasing
numbers of IT employers are establishing school-to-career (STC) or school-to-work (STW)
partnerships with schools, K-20, to help prepare the future workforce for entry into IT
The Electronics and Computer Technology Department
is planning to offer the certification course in two formats: Academic,
over four semesters, and Vocational, an accelerated 9 months course. The vocational
format meets all standard career, wage, and employment demands required for vocational
funding. Credits earned in both formats apply towards an AS degree.
What skills will you
acquire after completing the CCNA Certification course?
You will learn, through theory and practice, how to design,
install, configure, and maintain simple-routed LAN (Local Area Network), routed WAN (Wide
Area Network), and switched LAN networks.
Cisco defines "simple" networks as: IP, IGRP, IPX, Serial, AppleTalk, Frame
Relay, IP RIP, VLANs, IPX RIP, Ethernet, Access Lists.
You will also learn how to optimize WANs through Internet
access solutions that reduce bandwidth and reduces WAN costs using features such as
Filtering with Access Lists, Bandwidth on Demand (BOD), and Dial on demand routing (DDR).
You will also learn how to provide remote access by integrating dial-up connectivity with
traditional remote LAN to LAN access, as well as supporting the higher levels of
performance required for new applications such as Internet commerce,