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The College has very reputable programs and is well known in the information technology industry. Dominic Jones, IT Student

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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.

Mission

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
  • Virtualization

Clubs

Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. BPA has 43,000...

The gaming club is a club for everyone who plays games, whether that be video games, board games, tabletop, or even card games. Our goal is to help better establish the gaming community here at CWI, and show the students that there are a lot of...

Skills USA is a nationwide organization; it is also a club at College of Western Idaho. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for people from all backgrounds to enhance their technical and leadership skills. In Skills USA, college students can...

Additional Opportunities

Skills USA is a national competition that some of our students choose to participate in to reap the many benefits and growth through competition.

Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

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CWI students earned one gold medal, three runner-up finishes, and a third-place award at the Business Professionals of America National Conference.