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Cisco Certified Network Associate

Location(s): Catonsville, Essex, Online


Program Description


Possible career opportunities for those with a Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) certification include Information Network Associate; Network Specialist; Network Administrator; Network Support Engineer; and Information Technology (IT) Specialist.  Tasks associated with these positions include: Install, configure, and maintain an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), data communications network, operating systems, and physical and virtual servers; perform system monitoring and verify the integrity and availability of hardware, network, and server resources and systems; and analyze network and server resource consumption and control user access.

This program prepares students to take the Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) certification exam. Learn how to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.  Students are introduced to the architecture, components and operation of routers, including the principles of routing and the primary routing process. 

Successful candidates must be self-motivated and independent learners, detail-oriented, have strong analytical skills, the ability to take direction, and the ability to work both independently and as a team member.​​


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, overall employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 10% from 2020 to 2030 in Maryland.  Projected annual job openings in Maryland are 1,180.  Additional career information may be found in Career Coach:   https://ccbcmd.lightcastcc.com/.

Program Outcomes


Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. ​prepare to pass the Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) certification exam,
  2. install and configure networks using Cisco products,
  3. troubleshoot Cisco network problems, and
  4. perform the various responsibilities and tasks required of a Cisco Certified Network Associate. 

CCBC Pathway


Technology and Engineering Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals

Program Credentials


Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). 

External Credential:   Students will be prepared to take the Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) certification exam.

Certifying Organization:

Cisco Systems www.cisco.com

Financial Aid and Payment Options


We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Program Length


2 semesters (28 - 32 weeks) not including prerequisites; Parts I and II in one semester and Part III in the following semester. 

Course schedules vary each semester and may be offered face-to-face, online or hybrid (a combination of the two).
 

Program Requirements


High School Diploma or GED.    

This program is not eligible for Baltimore County Public School Blueprint funding.

Students must be computer literate and have strong computer skills, prior networking classes or background, and access to a computer and the Internet to complete assignments.

Recommended: Network+ certification 

Application Process


To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment


This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum and demonstrated portfolio and/or prior occupational learning. Maximum number of program hours that may be earned from prior learning: 137

Program Course Sequence


Excellent attendance is required.

Prerequisite

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Costs

T=Tuition/F=Fees

PCA 619

or

PCA 615 (if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 101

Network and Data Communications

 

37.5

Digital Materials

Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing

$569
T-$171/F-$398

Course Series

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Costs

T=Tuition/F=Fees

PCO 270

or

PCO 273

(if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 217

Cisco I:  Introduction to Networks

50

CCNAv7: Intro to Networks Companion Guide; Cisco; $80

Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing

$729
$219/F-$510

PCO 271

or

PCO 274 

(if hybrid) Shared with credit class DCOM 218

Cisco II: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials

50

CCNAv7: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials Companion Guide; Cisco; $80

Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing

$729
$219/F-$510

PCO 272

or

PCO 275

(if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 219)

Cisco III:  Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation

50

CCNAv7: Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation Companion Guide; Cisco; $80

Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing

$729
$219/F-$510

Course Series Totals:

 

150

$240

$2,187
T-$657/F-$1,530 

Course Series & Prerequisite Totals:

 

 

187.5

$240

$2,756
T-$828/F-$1,928

Additional Information


Additional Offerings:
Students pursuing certification in Cisco often enroll in the following computer network/security related classes: A+ Certification; Network+ Certification; Security+ Certification; Windows Server Certification; and VMware Certification.

Additional Expenses:​
CCNA Certification exam = $300

Career Coach


Research your career interests, explore live job postings, take a career assessment, discover which companies in the Baltimore region are hiring, and more.  View a brief tutorial video on how to use Career Coach at https://youtu.be/C7KpznbPYfA.  Explore career and training opportunities at https://ccbcmd.emsicc.com/.

Program Contact Information


Program Coordinator: TBA

Administrative Assistant: Danielle Bennett | dbennett@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-4925 | Catonsville|BESS | 100