Cisco Networking and Security Technologies

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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.


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


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