Computer networks are the driving force of many technological devices found in society.
These systems are integrated into every aspect of people’s lives. Its purpose is to interconnect devices such as laptops, servers, cameras and doorbells, to share resources and information, and to allow communication worldwide.
“The importance of maintaining and securing these networks is more important now than ever, “said Lisa Hall, Cisco professor at Lone Star College-Kingwood. “We teach students the necessary internet technology (IT) skills essential in a global economy.”
The Cisco Networking Academy Program at LSC-Kingwood delivers web-based content online management, student performance tracking, hands-on labs, instructor training and support, and preparation for industry-standard certifications. The courses address STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning goals and support increased student engagement and better career preparation. Students not only learn mechanics, but they also learn to logically troubleshoot problems and how to work in a team environment.
“This program prepared me for my current job and my new business in a multitude of ways. I was able to learn, improve and get the skills needed to obtain my Cisco certification. It improved and conditioned my mind for real-world experience and taught me valuable skills that I can utilize for any employer,” said Trevor Lynn, an alumnus and senior systems engineer at SeAH Steel USA, LLC. In four months, Lynn will primarily focus on his tech and software business, HLK Solutions, using the knowledge gained at LSC-Kingwood.
Students enrolled in the Cisco Networking Academy Program are expected to complete all readings, hands-on labs and coursework. Upon completion, students can earn a Cisco Network Analyst Certificate level I, a Cisco Network Administrator Certificate level II, or an associate degree in Computer Networking Specialization. Possible career options for graduates include network administrator, network engineer, IT director, IT administration and more.
“Per the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the demand for IT workers is high and is expected to grow as firms invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks,” Hall said. “Our curriculum is rigorous, but it will prepare students for lucrative careers in this field.”