May 24, 2018
School: Mathematics, Science and Engineering
Academic Dept: Computer Science
Curriculum Chair: Stephen Leone
Important Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Spring 2018. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
Certificate programs are designed to provide a mix of theory and practical training leading to immediate employment upon completion. People who pursue certificates might have an advanced degree and typically want to learn new skills and acquire knowledge. Others might enroll in a certificate program to “test the waters,” with an eye toward pursuing an associate’s degree. Credits earned now in a credit-bearing certificate will apply later toward an associate’s degree at Westchester Community College. Click to learn more about the differences among the award types.
The goal of the Networking Certificate is to enable students who do not wish to complete a degree program to acquire the skills necessary to gain employment in the expanding field of building and maintaining computer networks. In addition, upon completion of the four networking courses which are part of the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum, students are prepared to take the Cisco Certified Networking Associate examination.
The program focuses on the fundamentals of networking including how to design a local area network and how to install and maintain it. Students become competent in configuring switches and routers for both LAN and Internet implementation. Students also study network management, learn how to design and apply Access Control Lists and apply concepts relating to network security, maintenance, trouble shooting and upgrading of facilities. Basic concepts of computer architecture and design and computer programming are learned, and students acquire a working knowledge of the Linux operating system.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:
- Demonstrate the ability to design and maintain secure, voice, video, and data networks.
- Demonstrate the ability to implement and configure networked devices.
- Demonstrate the skills necessary to administer and monitor networks.
- Exhibit mastery of problem-solving skills necessary for troubleshooting networks.
Although there is no English or Mathematics requirement, students must be assessed at the level of ENG 101 and MATH 130 or above in order to enroll into this certificate program.
Minimum Total Credits - 26
Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click to download the Networking Certificate Educational Plan (PDF) .
Career Path Opportunities
Are you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.
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