IT Networking Academy I
The first year is designed to provide the technical skills needed to meet the growing demand for entry-level professionals in the Information Technology field. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of computer hardware and software as well as advanced concepts such as security, networking, printers, mobile devices, and laptops, including the responsibilities of the professional technician. Students will develop a working knowledge of how computers operate, how to assemble computers while developing critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills. This course will provide a hands-on career-oriented learning experience with an emphasis on practical activities to help students develop highly technical skills. This curriculum provides all the information and skills making students eligible for successfully passing the CompTIA A+ exams (901 + 902), differentiating themselves in the marketplace and advance their career choices. Updated, relevant curriculum and labs are delivered in the Cisco NetSpace™ which enrolls the student in the Cisco Networking Academy®, providing completion in the IT Essentials course. During the second half of the year, students will be introduced to the Cisco Networking Academy® CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum which is designed for students who plan to pursue more specialized technical skills. Introduction to Networks will introduce the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and computer networks. The principles of IP addressing and fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the continuing curriculum. In addition, instruction and training are provided in the proper care, maintenance, and use of all software, tools, and equipment, and all local, state, and federal safety regulations.
IT Networking Academy II
The second year continues with the Cisco Networking Academy® CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum which teaches comprehensive networking concepts, from network application to the protocols and services provided to those applications by the lower layers of the network through interactive media and practical experience and a series of hands-on and simulated activities. Students will progress from basic networking to more complex enterprise and theoretical networking models later in the curriculum and develop skills to configure routers and switches, resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single-area, and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Completion of this program will provide students with a certificate of completion in both CCNA Introduction to Networks and Routing and Switching Essentials, providing preparation for the CCENT exam. At the end of this program, students will be able to build LANs, WANs, perform configurations on routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes. They will be able to describe enhanced switching technologies such as VLANs, configure and troubleshoot small networks, and describe the operations of Dynamic Host Configurations Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) for IPv4 and IPv6. In addition, instruction and training are provided in the proper care, maintenance, and use of all software, tools, and equipment, and all local, state, and federal safety regulations.
IT Networking Academy III/Cybersecurity Elective (Prerequisite: IT Networking 1 & 11 or AP Computer Science.)
Year 3 (Cybersecurity) covers foundation knowledge and essentials skills in all security domains in the cyber world - information security, systems security, network security, mobile security, physical security, ethics and laws, related technologies, defense and mitigation techniques use in protecting businesses.
Upon completion of the Cybersecurity Essentials 1.0 course, students will be able to perform the following tasks:
- Describe the characteristics of criminals and professionals in the cybersecurity realm
- Describe the principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability as they relate to data states and cybersecurity countermeasures.
- Describe the tactics, techniques, and procedures used by cybercriminals.
- Describe how technologies, products, and procedures are used to protect confidentiality.
- Describe how technologies, products, and procedures are used to ensure integrity.
- Describe how technologies, products, and procedures provide high availability.
- Explain how cybersecurity professionals use technologies, processes, and procedures to defend all components of the network.
- Explain the purpose of laws related to cybersecurity.
(IT Networking I & II are already registered in Cybersecurity. AP Computer Science will apply and be considered if seats are available.)
This program requires students to have completed Algebra I.
This class is a three-year program.
The number of periods required in a student's schedule to complete this program is as follows:
Year 1 = 2 periods
Year 2 = 3 periods
Year 3 = 2 periods