INFORMATION & ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY
Computer Networking Technology
CATEC's Computer Networking Technology program provides opportunities for students to learn the basics of computer networking including hardware and software. Year 1 skills include installation, configuration, operation and troubleshooting of medium-sized routed and switched networks as well as computer and network hardware repair and troubleshooting. Wireless networking is also introduced. It provides a hands-on introduction to networking and the Internet, using tools and hardware commonly found in home and small business environments. It familiarizes students with servers that provide e-mail services, Web space, and authenticated access. Year 2 skills include familiarization with equipment applications and protocols installed in enterprise networks, with a focus on switched networks, IP Telephony requirements, and security. It also introduces advanced routing protocols such as Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Protocol. Hands-on exercises, including configuration, installation, and troubleshooting, reinforce student learning.Students will also design a network. Students follow a standard design process to expand and upgrade each network, which includes requirements gathering, proof-of-concept, and project management.
courses, credit, and certifications
HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT
Students receive up to 3 high school elective credits each year for successful completion of the program. Passage of the certification exam will award the student 2 student-verified elective credits, one of which can be substituted for a verified credit in either science or history.
ACADEMY COURSE OFFERINGS
|Class||State Code||Duration||Grades(s)||Dual Enrollment||Credentials||AM or PM|
|Computer Network Hardware I&II||8542/8543||1 year||10-12||Year 1 – 16 PVCC credits||N/A||AM PM|
|Computer Network Hardware III&IV||8544/8545||1 year||10-12||Year 2 – 4 PVCC credits||CISCO CCENT, CompTIA A+||AM PM|
Year 1- CompTIA ITF, Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment
Year 2- Cisco CCENT, CompTIA A+, Cisco CCNA-RS
DUAL ENROLLMENT CREDIT
The computer networking program is dual enrolled with Piedmont Virginia Community College. Students successfully completing the program may receive up to 20 college credits during the two-year program.
|Year||College Course Codes||College Course Name||Credit Per Course||College|
|Year 1||ITN101||Intro to Networking||4||PVCC|
|Year 1||ETR149||PC Repair||3||PVCC|
|Year 1||ITN106||Microcomputer Operating Systems||3||PVCC|
|Year 1||ITN111||Windows Server Administration||3||PVCC|
|Year 1||ETR164||Upgrading & Maintaining PCs||3||PVCC|
|Year 2||ITN260||Network Security Basics||4||PVCC|
|Educational Pathways||Career Pathways|
|1 CATEC||CCENT, CompTIA A+||Technical Support|
Help Desk Operator
Network Support Technician
Network Support Engineer
|2 CATEC||CCNA-RS||Network Administration|
|3 CATEC||Cyber Security||Security Administration|
Network Security Administrator
Network Security Specialist
|4 PVCC||CCNP||Network Engineering|
|5 PVCC||LPI-Linux||Network Design|
Piedmont Virginia Community College
- Computer Science, A.S.D.
University of Virginia
- Computer Science, BS
- Computer Science, BA
- Computer Science, BS
- Career Opportunity: Computer Network Support Specialist
Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.
- National Wage Average: $63,000..00
- Virginia Wage Average: $66,000.00
- Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +9%
- Career Opportunity: Information Security Analyst, Cyber Security
Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.
- National Wage Average: $98,000.00
- Virginia Wage Average: $109,000.00
- Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +41%