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Cisco Network Associate 
Curriculum code 1447

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Moraine Valley Community College's Cisco Network Certificate Program prepares students for employment as Cisco network technicians.

This program is designed for individuals just beginning training to pursue a career in Cisco network management, as well as those already working in industry who need to upgrade their skills for on-the-job tasks, new supervisory responsibilities or career growth.

This program is intended to lead to employment. Students considering transfer to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program should make an appointment with an academic advisor to review options.

Nature of the WorkThis program prepares you for a variety of entry-level positions in the information technology field. Graduates of this program may administer, install, maintain and troubleshoot Cisco systems. The program includes introduction to routers, LAN/WAN design and the integration of the Internet in the corporate enterprise network. Some students will use this course as an introduction to courses required for the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate).

Related Job TitlesLAN technician, Cisco service representative, technical support specialist, network or computer system administrator, computer support specialist

Related ProgramsComputer and LAN Technician A.A.S. (64 credit hours), Computer Technician Certificate (18 credit hours), LAN Technician (24 credit hours), Cisco Network Professional Certificate (16 credit hours).

Employment OutlookEmployment of computer support specialists is expected to increase by 14 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Job growth will continue to be driven by the ongoing expansion of the computer system design and related services industry, which is projected to remain one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. economy. Employment of systems administrators is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations as firms continue to invest heavily in securing computer networks. Companies are looking for workers who are knowledgeable about the function and administration of networks. Also, demand for computer security specialists will grow as businesses and government continue to invest heavily in cybersecurity, protecting vital computer networks and electronic infrastructures from attack. The information security field is expected to generate many opportunities over the next decade as firms across all industries place a high priority on safeguarding their data and systems.

 Median annual wages of wage-and-salary computer support specialists were $43,450 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $33,680 and $55,990. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,580, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $70,750. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011

For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center, Student Services Center, S202, at (708) 974-5737. www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.

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