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College Catalog: Science, Technology, and Computing: Cybersecurity and Networking Foundations

Program: Cybersecurity and Networking Foundations
Award: Career Studies Certificate
Plan Code: 221-732-08
CIP Code: 11.0101
Length: Sixteen (16) to Nineteen (19) Credit Hours
Lead Faculty: Robert Tureman

Purpose: The Cybersecurity and Networking Foundations Career Studies Certificate helps the learner develop skill in building and protecting computer networks with the goal of employment in the short term. Students in the program will study network resource protection and extend that skill up to and beyond technical industry certification points. This is a part of the state level workforce initiative, linking a short program to College resources, curriculum and industry certifications.

Upon completion of the program, the student will be prepared to assume a role in networking in today’s highly competitive market. The program will usually have as result a student with an academic credential and at least one industry technical computing certification such as A+, Network+, Security+, CCENT or CCNA.

Program Outcomes: Students that complete this program have usually obtained an industry certification and have demonstrated proficiency in building and protecting networks.

Occupational Objectives: Cybersecurity analyst, network analyst, network technician, Computing Resource Consultant, Help Desk Technician, Technical Resource Consultant, Install/Repair Technician, Computer Sales Representative

Admission Requirements: Students must meet general admission requirements established by the College.

Cybersecurity and Networking Foundations (221-732-08)
Required Courses and Credits in Suggested Order
ITN 106 Microcomputer Operating Systems
(Software Study, One part of A+ Certification, See Note 2)
ITN 107 Personal Computer Hardware and Troubleshooting
(Hardware Study, One part of A+ Certification, See Note 2)
ITN 101 Introduction to Network Concepts
(Networking Study, Network+ Certification)
ITN 260 Network Security Basics
(Security Study, Security+ Certification)
CSC 200 Introduction to Computer Science
(Includes major programming segment)
Elective ITN, ITE, ITP, CSC or SDV Elective (See Note 1) 1 – 4
Total Program Credits 16 – 19

Note 1 – Students with limited computing background may want to start in ITE 115 or ITE 119. Students needing career planning help may benefit from an SDV course or an IT Careers Course. Students may also want to consider an ITN, ITE, ITP or CSC internship for academic credit. In addition, all students may benefit from a course that focuses on the Linux and Windows command line processing.

Note 2 – Some sections of ITN 106 and ITN 107 are accelerated to include the preparation for the entire A+ test in one semester. If the student already has an A+ certification, or obtains it in one of the accelerated classes, this course can be substituted by a general ITN or CSC elective.

General Note on Certifications – Some sections will have the certification test available as a part of the class. If that is the case, it is funded through the class and there is no extra fee for it. If a certification is provided in a class, the student must meet the instructor’s requirements to have it paid by the College. These requirements are successful performance on a certification preparation tool used in the course at a level that indicates passing of the test is highly probable. In addition, the certification is for a test in our certification testing center, and a voucher is not provided to the student. The College purchases the vouchers and uses them for qualified students. There may also be additional certification options available for enrolled students. The College is actively seeking ways to have the cost of the certification tests paid for the students.