Computer Systems & Information Technology (CISCO)

Program Objective:

The objective of the Computer Systems and Information Technology program is to provide quality educational training designed to prepare students for employment or advanced training in a variety of occupations in the computer system and information technology industry.

Occupational Outlook

O*NET Program Detail

Curriculum Framework

Program Outlook:

This program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the Computer Systems industry; planning, management, finance, technical underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues.

Program Content:

The content includes but is not limited to technical product skills, planning and management, principles of technology, networking basics, structured cabling, OSI-Reference Model, networking protocols, Cisco IOS, routing, LAN/WAN design, LAN switching, WAN protocols, network security, network management, CCNA prep, communication, leadership skills, human relations and employability skills; and safe, efficient work practices.

Length of Program:

The average length of the Computer Systems and Information Technology program is 900 hours (approximately 10 months) for adults attending full-time. Actual time in class is dependent upon enrollment status (full-time/part-time) and length of time student requires to achieve competencies.

Admission Requirements:

  • Students must be at least 16 years old and not attending high school
  • Application
  • Interview by a guidance counselor
  • Fees for supplies and textbooks are required.

Entrance Dates:

This program operates on an open-entry, open-exit basis. Students may enter the program anytime during the school year. Entrance is dependent upon space availability. Call (305) 557-1100 for more information.

Career Opportunities:

A+ Technician, Cisco Certification, MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer), Network Data Cable Communications, LAN/WAN Networking Designer, LAN/WAN Networking Administrator.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Completion of all Occupational Completion Points (OCP’s)
  • Satisfy Basic Skills Requirements
    Mathematics 10     Language 9     Reading 9
  • No financial obligations
  • Students must complete the Clearance packet to received program certificate.

OCPCOURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLECOURSE LENGTH
ACTS0082Computer Systems Technician300 hours
BCTS0083Computer Network Technician150 hours
CCTS0084Computer Networking Specialist150 hours
DCTS0069Computer Security Technician300 hours

Program Cost:

  • In-state residents—$2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
  • Out of state resident—$10.25 per hour (Subject to change)
  • $15.00 application fee
  • Material fee—Varies by program
  • Identification Card fee—$5.00 per trimester
  • Students must purchase books/kits and/or uniforms, if applicable

Program Hours:

Tuesday—Thursday 6:00 pm—10:00 pm

Approximately Total Cost:

$3,082.00

Employment Requirements:

There are no formal educational requirements for becoming a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). However, most employers often give preference to applicants who have completed formal training at a technical college or have achieved a bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Student are strongly recommended to obtain a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification.

Salary:

According to the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for a Network and Computer Systems Administrator was $82,050 per year or $39.45 per hour. Visit: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Job Outlook:

Employment of network and computer systems administration is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026

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