As computers grow in complexity and their applications expand, so does the need for qualified individuals to work with them. Technicians who can properly install and upgrade computer systems, as well as troubleshoot hardware and operating system problems are in ever-increasing demand. The Juniors and Seniors enrolled in the Information Technology Network Engineer program will be trained to install, repair, and troubleshoot computer hardware components and systems as well as set up, configure, and support network infrastructure. The youth will be able to act as the liaison for user concerns and needs, and to act as representatives for information Technology (IT) departments.

Skills that will be important in this program are knowledge of computer hardware, operating systems, computer components, systems and networks interoperability. Youth will also develop critical problem solving techniques, in addition to both written and verbal communication skills that will then enable them as professionals to meet user needs more effectively.

Certifications

  • Provides 11th and 12th graders with the opportunity to develop skills in building, installing, and repairing computers and basic networks. Youth study computer hardware, operating principles, system configuration, operating systems, troubleshooting, and an introduction to networking.
  • Creates youth who can be responsible for the secure design, implementation and maintenance of networked systems. Key concepts such as routing, switching, server operating systems, email systems, IP Telephony, wireless and virtualization will be explored in detail.
  • Provides competency in: Network security, compliance and operational security, threats and vulnerabilities, application, data and host security, access control and identity management, cryptography.
  • Students will be exposed to the process of establishing and using a troubleshooting methodology, as well as the Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Technicians (EDSTs) Tier 2 support environment, job role and responsibilities. Additionally, students will be exposed to various troubleshooting tools and techniques that enable them to address the common Windows 7 issues in an enterprise network environment.
  • First step in achieving the CCNA Routing and Switching certification. It presents knowledge and skills required to successfully install, operate, and troubleshoot a small branch office network
  • Next step which instills the knowledge and skills required to successfully install, operate, and troubleshoot a small to medium-size enterprise branch network. The exam includes topics on LAN switching technologies, IP routing technologies, IP services, troubleshooting, and WAN technologies.
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security) validates associate-level knowledge and skills required to secure Cisco networks. With a CCNA Security certification, our youth will be able to demonstrate the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats.