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Information Technology / Computer Networking & Cybersecurity
What is Information Technology and Computer Networking?
Information technology is the development, maintenance, or use of systems -- especially computer systems, software, and networks -- for storing, retrieving, and sending information. Computer networking is the process of electronically linking two or more computing devices to exchange information through data connections.
Information technology and computer networking has changed the lifestyle of people all over the world:
Just about everyone has some type of computing device – a smartphone, tablet or computer.
People can work from home from just about anywhere in the world.
Companies can conduct video conferences and share software without losing time and money to travel.
Information on just about any subject one can think of is available at the click of a mouse.
With all of this exciting and fast-moving technology and communications capability, there is a downside -- hackers routinely try to break into personal and company files, information is stolen from computer networks, and the networks themselves can have technical problems or crash completely. As a result, trained computer networking specialists are being called upon more and more to protect individual, company and government information through constantly changing security processes.
Why Study Information Technology/Computer-Networking?
“5 reasons to study Networking Technology Now
Opportunities abound – people with this skillset are in high demand around the world
You don’t have to be a math wiz – Networking starts with basic logic and connections, along with basic math and reading comprehension.
Every workplace needs a few friendly geeks – careers in nearly every industry exists, so if you have an interest in a particular field (finance, education, health care, retail, government, retail, hospitality, etc.), technology is probably part of it.
Get connected to the most connected people – there is a worldwide community of people just like you that you can connect with on LinkedIn or the Cisco Networking Academy Facebook page.
The places you’ll go and the things you’ll do – networking standards are global, which means your skills and certifications are recognized anywhere in the world that you career takes you.”
Gary Coman, Cisco Corporate Affairs, The Huffington Post.
Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. A career that barely existed a generation ago has become one of the more high-profile jobs in the world today.
"The IT/Networking program has been all I could hope for and more. The unique hands-on learning environment lets you really understand what you are learning and allows you to be very comfortable when you enter the professional networking environment."
Nicholas Romanzo, Saratoga Springs City School
“…employers are looking for people who stand out and exceed expectations. They want people who think, and understand the 'why' rather than just the 'how', a skill that is developed through our courses."
Trent Delor, Schuylerville Central School
“I get to interact with innovative technology and challenge myself everyday. This program is exciting, innovating, and inspiring.”
Madeline Pepin, Hudson Falls Central School
Projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that employment in Computer Networking will continue to grow up to 8% between now and 2022. Approximately 42,000 new networking positions will be hired for across all types of industries in the U.S. and abroad.
The ever increasing use of network technology, combined with the complexity of that technology means that trained specialists will be walking into a growing field that promises to continue to provide challenges and demands for many years to come.
Hear directly from one of our IT Computer Networking program's industry partners, Cisco Systems, about the opportunities in the field.
This two-year program is based on the IT Essentials and CCNA Routing and Switching curricula provided by the Cisco Networking Academy. Skills involve assembling, disassembling, and repairing computers; troubleshooting hardware and software; designing, installing, and maintaining wired and wireless computer systems; configuring switches and routers; designing network infrastructure; troubleshooting network design and installation; customer service and technical support.
Topics covered in the Networking courses include: building, troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining a personal computer system; diagnosing and resolving problems with computer hardware and software; installing, configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting Microsoft Windows operating systems; configuring and troubleshooting IOS and Android mobile devices; designing, configuring, and maintaining a local area network; effectively utilizing a customer-oriented approach to resolving user problems. Students will learn how to: install and configure Cisco switches and routers in local and wide-area networks using various protocols; provide Level 1 troubleshooting service; improve network performance and security. Additional topics covered in the course emphasize the use of decision-making skill and problems-solving techniques to resolve device and networking issues.
The program enjoys strong ties with industry partners, resulting in a wide variety of internships and projects in the classroom and with partners on specialized assignments. Students complete the program with a comprehensive project involving technology purchase recommendations and network design.
Upon completion, a student is eligible to earn up to 28 college credits toward an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, and three industry-recognized CISCO and CompTIA certifications.
The Program exposes students to:
project based work. Every subject is taught through project-based learning that engages students in every facet of their education.
collaboration and innovation. Just as it's done in the real world, students often work in teams to design and develop novel solutions to class projects and industry challenges.
student centered learning. Students take an active role in their own education, workign with teachers in a professional, collaborative environment built on two-way communication.
local industry partners. The program's business partners host students for learning opportunities alongside experts, sponsor Kaizen events and industry challenges, and guest lecture in our classes.
cutting edge technology. The IT Computer Networking students are provided with a laptop. The state-of-the-art learning lab contains the following equipment: PCs - Laptops - hand tools for assembly/disassembly, repairs, and cable production - network cables and cable testing equipment - Cisco switches and routers
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