Cisco Networking and Security Technologies

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“The College has very reputable programs and is well known in the information technology industry.”

-- Dominic Jones, IT Student

Program Overview

College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Cisco Networking and Security Technologies program can introduce you to a fulfilling new career opportunity by providing you with the knowledge and skills to install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot Cisco routers, switches, and related network equipment in a LAN or WAN environment. The program also focuses on advanced network routing and switching as well as the fundamentals of wireless networks and VoIP in a converged network. The goal of the CNST program is for students to obtain the skills needed to receive a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. However, we have courses that prepare students for other industry certifications such as the CompTIA A+, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice and CCNA Wireless.

What will you learn to do?

  • Install, configure, maintain and troubleshoot Cisco routers, switches and related network equipment in a LAN or WAN environment
  • Advanced network routing and switching
  • Fundamentals of wireless networks
  • VOIP in a converged network

What kind of degree(s) can you earn?

What else should I know?

Program orientation will be held on or before the first day of class.

Admission Information


Degree Plan

Instructor Info

Program Head:
Jason Herz

K Kirkendall

Career Info

What skills, traits, or prep classes would be helpful?

  • Keyboarding ability
  • Basic understanding of how computers work
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds, the approximate weight of a computer system unit or monitor
  • Good communication skills
  • Desire to serve and problem solve
  • Ability to troubleshoot and think of a variety of solutions