Cisco's Network Academy Program
Highly qualified technicians are in demand.
The Information Technology Association of America recently reported that there are approximately 190,000 unfilled positions for Information Technology employees in the United States alone. Lack of skilled workers was cited as the primary reason for this problem.
Technology companies expect to increase their information technology (IT) staffs during the next several years. Nearly 70% of technology companies cite the lack of skilled IT workers as a significant barrier to growth.
The demand for networking professionals of all skill levels exceeds the available supply of skilled workers. However, there is a critical shortage of professionals with expert networking skills. By obtaining your Cisco certification, you will have the credentials to land these expert-level jobs and the skills necessary to deploy and manage one of the most popular networking systems in the I.T. industry.
To help prepare students for jobs in the computer networking industry, Cisco Systems created the Networking Academy program. Hillsborough Community College, offering degree programs in Networking and other Computer Technology programs, has been designated a Local Networking Academy by Cisco.
CCNA Professional Certification
Following the completion of a four course curriculum, including hands-on experience, students become eligible to take an exam for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. CCNA certification is only the first step in establishing a career as a networking professional. Certification prepares students for openings in a talent-hungry networking job market .
The Cisco Networking Academy is a complete four-course program on the principles and practice of designing, building and maintaining networks capable of supporting national and global organizations .
Cisco provides course work at HCC for a complete range of basic through advanced networking concepts - from pulling cable in ceilings through such complex concepts as subnet masking rules and strategies. The level of certification most suited for you depends on your current level of experience and your career goals.
Certifications available along the Network Support path include:
CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate) is the entry-level Cisco certification and provides the basics of router configuration in relatively simple LAN/WAN networks. This is the level that HCC will be offering first.
CCNP (Cisco Certified Networking Professional) CCNPs possess the skills necessary to support more complex networks including LAN, WAN and switching aspects found in larger networks.
CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) certification is the highest Cisco certification level and is only achieved once you possess expert internetworking knowledge and extensive experience configuring a variety of Cisco products.
For additional information:
Jonathan Crawfurd, CCIE, CCAI
Main Contact and Technical Advisor:
Eugene A. Broda, CCNA, CCAI, Net +
This page was last updated - February 4, 2014 by Eugene Broda