Computer Technology / Cisco Academy
(Courses 7301-7311) Pennsylvania Department of Education CIP Code 11.0901
Students are expected to:
1. Possess basic computer skills and science knowledge
2. Be creative and inquisitive
3. Be willing and able to learn required math skills
4. Be able to communicate effectively
5. Be able to read and write at or near grade level
6. Be physically able to lift equipment
This course is a three-year program that encompasses most of the areas that make up the present day computer field. In the first year, students delve into the inner workings of computer system components. Emphasis is placed on diagnostics and trouble shooting with a variety of industry standard test equipment and software.
This curriculum teaches networking based on application, covering concepts based on the types of practical network students may encounter from home and small offices, to more complex enterprise models. Students learn the basics of routing, switching, and advanced technologies to prepare for CISCO CCENT(TM) or CompTIA Network+ Certification tests.
Networking Academy(TM) students will learn technology concepts with the support of interactive media and apply and practice this knowledge through a series of hands-on and simulated activities that reinforce their learning.
Students graduate from the program with a well-rounded computer background technically prepared to enter a very promising job market. Successful students may continue in semesters 3 through 8 at selected post-secondary institutions to attain further certification as a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) or Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP).
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Opportunities for college credit
GACTC graduates can get a jump start on post-secondary education by taking advantage of the various articulation and/or dual enrollment opportunities. Click here to review the college credit opportunities for the Computer Technology/Cisco Academy.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Tim Keener
Instructor of Computer Technology / Cisco Academy