Cisco Networking and Security Technologies

Master Networking and Security for a Career in an In-Demand Field

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Program Overview

Aspiring to excel in the ever-evolving world of networking? The Cisco Networking and Security Technologies program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers you in-depth training for future data communication specialties. Ideal for career paths like LAN specialist, system administrator, and network engineer, this program covers the installation, maintenance, repair, and design of various network types. You will gain hands-on experience with network operating systems, user administration, network security, and LAN design, in preparation for certifications like CCNA, CCNA: Cyber Ops Associate, Linux LPIC-1 and 2, and Python PCEP.

The program emphasizes the use of industry-leading Cisco Networking Academy Curriculum, realistic network simulations, and live physical equipment for lab exercises. This approach ensures when you graduate, you are well-prepared with the knowledge and technical skills required to excel in the IT profession. Partnerships with local companies provide opportunities for internships, enhancing the learning experience and opening doors to potential employment.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Applied Science

Advanced Technical Certificate

Basic Technical Certificate


$4,026 – 9,917

Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

1 – 2 years

Primary Location

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Learning Opportunities

  • Industry-Aligned Curriculum: Engage with Cisco's Networking Academy Curriculum for a comprehensive understanding of networking technologies.
  • Hands-On Technical Experience: Gain practical skills through simulations and lab exercises using real network equipment.
  • Certification Preparation: Prepare for industry certifications including CompTIA A+, Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA), and Cisco CyberOps Associate.
  • Internship Opportunities: Utilize connections with local companies for internships, gaining real-world experience.
  • Career Readiness in IT: Equip yourself with the skills necessary for a range of Information Technology (IT) roles, including roles requiring Cisco-specific training.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Cisco Networking and Security Technologies – Associate of Applied Science Degree




Cisco Networking and Security Technologies – Advanced Technical Certificate




Cisco Networking and Security Technologies – Basic Technical Certificate




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Career Opportunities

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  • Computer Systems Analysts

    Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to develop and implement solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions, improve existing computer systems, and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and schedule limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.


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  • Computer and Information Systems Managers

    Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.


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  • Information Security Analysts

    Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. Assess system vulnerabilities for security risks and propose and implement risk mitigation strategies. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.


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  • Computer Network Support Specialists

    Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area networks , wide area networks , cloud networks, servers, and other data communications networks. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.


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  • Computer Network Architects

    Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks , wide area networks , intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning, including analysis of capacity needs for network infrastructures. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


Step 1

  • Apply to CWI.
  • Choose Cisco Networking and Security Technologies as your major.

Step 2

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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