Cisco Certified Network Associate

Overview

Do you have some OS or network experience and want to move up to the next level? Cisco Certified Network Associate? (CCNA?) training will give you the skills you need to configure, install and maintain smaller networks (100 nodes or fewer) using several protocols. This certification is also the first step on an industry recognized career track. You will learn networking essentials, Cisco router configuration, LAN switches and WAN technologies.

Job Cluster Description - CCNA

The CCNA Curriculum provides a strong foundation that can be applied to a variety of careers in many industries. The career options listed here represent job titles that align with the skills obtained by students who have completed the CCNA curriculum.

Hardware Installation Coordinator Intermediate Level

Supports the network related needs of external customers. Requires strong communication, high levels of customer satisfaction and decision-making in an unsupervised environment. Also requires project coordination experience in a network setting. Directs technicians performing network connectivity tasks. In addition, flexibility, availability and extensive travel are essential.

Network Administrator Intermediate Level

Installs, configures and maintains the network. Builds networks and maintains external and internal web presence. Administers the network. Designs and supports server systems and supporting software. Evaluates and recommends changes to current and future network requirements to meet needs. May develop, plan and implement the overall strategic goals of the network system. Works under limited supervision. Typically reports to a manager.

Network Analyst Intermediate Level

Reviews, plans and evaluates network systems. May troubleshoot network systems and recommend improvements to network. Provides documentation, project tracking and management reporting. May provide tactical and strategic input on overall network planning and related projects. Works under limited supervision. Typically reports to a manager.

Internet Network Specialist Intermediate Level

Defines network architecture, identifies infrastructure components and monitors and analyzes network performance. Also designs and manages enterprise TCP/IP networks. Works under general supervision. Reports to a manager.

CCNA Exam Preparatory Course Descriptions

The Cisco Networking CCNA preparatory courses concentrate on the essentials of computer network design and administration, and encompass all topics presented on the CCNA exam. They must be taken in sequence.

Course #1 - INFO 1200 Cisco Network Fundamentals 9 ? 0 ? 9

This initial course addresses networking fundamentals, such as:

  • Computer hardware and software, electricity, networking terminology and protocols
  • LANs and WANs, Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, Ethernet and Internet Protocol (IP)
  • Design and documentation of a basic network and structured cabling
  • Network-to-network communications

Prerequisite: none

Course #2 - INFO 1201 Cisco Routing 9 ? 0 ? 9

This course includes protocols, Network Standards, LANs, WANs, OSI models, ethernet, TCP/IP, and dynamic and static routing. Particular emphasis is given to network problem solving and decision making. Topics include:

  • Router user interfaces, components and configurations
  • Basics of IOS versions, naming and software backup
  • TCP/IP Protocol Suite and IP addressing and subnetting
  • Interior routing protocols?RIP, IGRP

Prerequisite: INFO 1200

Course #3 - INFO 2220 Cisco LAN Switching 9 ? 0 ? 9

This course addresses more complex network design and administration, including:

  • Switching and VLANs
  • Spanning-Tree Protocol
  • Routing and Routing Protocols
  • Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Network documentation, security and troubleshooting

Prerequisite: INFO 1201

Course #4 - INFO 2230 Cisco Accessing the WAN 9 ? 0 ? 9

WAN design comprises much of the course as well as a review of all the terms of study in preparation for the CCNA test. Because this is the fourth and final course in the CCNA Certification Track, CCNA practice tests are taken and reviewed. Topics include:

  • WAN devices, encapsulation formats and communication
  • PPP components, session establishment and authentication
  • ISDN uses, services and configuration
  • Frame relay technology and configuration

Prerequisite: INFO 2200

CCNA certified logoAfter completing the training, you are prepared to take the CCNA certification exam. Candidates who pass the exam receive a CCNA certificate from Cisco and may use the CCNA designation on their business cards.

Additional coursework required for the following:

Associate Degree Program - CISCO Networking Technician Option
Certificate of Achievement - Microcomputer Repair

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MCC's Cisco Networking Academy is the only educational center in the area that teaches the latest version of Cisco's curriculum. The Cisco curriculum undergoes constant refinement using Cisco's Curriculum Development Overview model. Our faculty and teaching facilities are Cisco-certified. MCC invests significant resources in our facilities to ensure that you are trained on the latest equipment. MCC's teaching method of presentation, demonstration and hands-on exercises prepares you to be productive.

MCC's approach is different and better

Trying to retain information from some fast track programs can be like trying to get a drink of water from a fire hose! MCC's faculty recognizes there is a lot of material to absorb. That's why MCC's Cisco networking training lasts four quarters. You will receive the information you need to know at a comprehendible rate.

Class Locations

Cisco Networking classes are taught at our South Omaha campus.

We'll help you be successful

MCC's small class sizes enable you to get the personal attention you need to succeed.

Where can you go from here?

You have many options! Once you complete the CCNA courses, you are thoroughly prepared to take the exams. Additional coursework will enable you to complete a MCC Associate of Applied Science degree in Cisco Network Technician. You may also continue your electronics technology education and earn your certificate of achievement degree in Microcomputer Repair.

Learning Options

CAREER CERTIFICATE:

Cisco Certified Network Assistant

Certificate OF ACHIEVEMENT:

Microcomputer Repair Certificate

Associate Degree:

Information Technology - CISCO Network Technician Option

Network security also is a new hot button for organizations. MCC's Network Security courses will give you the software expertise to defend computer networks from intruders.

Job Outlook
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of computer network administrators is expected to grow by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is faster than the average for all occupations. As firms invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks, the demand for systems administrators is increasing.

Consider that the average salary earned by Cisco certified professionals in the TCP Magazine Salary Survey (June 2002) is $64,000. And, the more certifications one has, the greater his or her earning power.

Industry certification translates into real economic development that benefits individuals and the communities in which they live.

~ Cisco Curriculum and Certification Highlights

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