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The focus of the Cisco Networking and Security Technologies (CNST) program is for students to obtain the skills needed to earn a Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) certification. However, students take courses that prepare them for other industry certifications, such as Cisco CyberOps Associates and Linux LPIC 1 and 2.
The Cisco Networking and Security Technologies program provides training and hands-on experiences that prepare students for rewarding careers as data communication specialists in the information technology profession.
Why This Program
Cisco is the industry leader in routing, switching, and wireless technologies. Many networking vendors model their equipment after Cisco, which allows the skills learned to easily transfer to any networking vendor’s equipment. This is one of the key reasons why employers recognize the value of Cisco training and certifications.
The Cisco Networking Academy system provides ongoing training and learning opportunities for students.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Install, configure, maintain and troubleshoot Cisco routers, switches and related network equipment in a LAN or WAN environment
- Advanced network routing, switching, and wireless
- Fundamentals of cyber operations
- Linux operating system, scripting, and management
- Python programming for Cisco devices
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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2023||Summer 2023||Fall 2023|
|Priority Registration Begins1||November 14||n/a||April 10|
|Open Registration Begins||November 21||February 27||April 17|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||December 17||May 13||July 29|
|Admission Deadline2||January 7||May 27||August 12|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Classes Begin3||January 17||June 5||August 21|
|1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based upon their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.|
|2 The admission deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines for the fall and spring semesters.|
|3 Some classes begin before or after this date. Please refer to the Registration and Refund Deadlines by Class Section Dates (located beneath each semester) of the Academic Calendar for more information.|
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- General computer skills
- Ability to learn
- Basic understanding of how computers work is helpful
- Good communication and writing skills are helpful
- Ability to troubleshoot complex problems is helpful
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI offers advising assistance to help in deciding which courses you need to take to reach your education and career goals. Visit Advising or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.
Each class is limited to 20 students.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
The Cisco Networking and Security Technologies program can prepare you for a wide variety of roles. Students from this program have gone on to work as help desk technicians, network technicians, and network administrators at a large array of employers. We have former students working for city government, consulting firms, medical facilities, and Internet service providers among many other types of businesses.
- Information Security Analysts
- Computer Network Architects
- Computer Network Support Specialists
- Help Desk Technician
- Network Technicians
- Security Engineer
- Cybersecurity Engineer
Program Department Chair
- Administrative Specialist
- Advanced Mechatronics Engineering Technology
- Automotive Technology
- Bookkeeping and Accounting
- Cisco Networking and Security Technologies
- Collision Repair Technology
- Computer Support Specialist
- Dental Assisting
- Drafting Technology
- Education, Early Childhood
- Fire Service Management
- Fire Service Technology
- Heavy Duty Truck Technician
- Heavy Equipment Technician
- Horticulture Technology
- Law Enforcement
- Machine Tool Technology
- Marketing Communications
- Medical Administrative Support
- Medical Assistant - Credit
- Network and System Administration
- Nursing, Practical
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Physical Therapist Assistant
- Powersports and Small Engine Repair Technology
- Professional Truck Driving
- Software Development
- Surgical Technology
- Swift Programming
- Unmanned Aerial Systems
- Welding and Metals Fabrication
- Wildland Fire Management