The focus of the Cisco Networking and Security Technologies (CNST) program is for students to obtain the skills needed to earn a Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) certification. However, students take courses that prepare them for other industry certifications, such as the CompTIA A+, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, and CCNA Wireless.
The Cisco Networking and Security Technologies program provides training and hands-on experiences that prepare students for rewarding careers as data communication specialists in the information technology profession.
Why This Program
Cisco is the industry leader in routing, switching, wireless, and VoIP technologies. Many networking vendors model their equipment after Cisco, which allows the skills learned to easily transfer to any networking vendor’s equipment. This is one of the key reasons why employers recognize the value of Cisco training and certifications.
The Cisco Networking Academy system provides ongoing training and learning opportunities for students.
What You Will 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
Skills USA is a national competition that some of our students choose to participate in to reap the many benefits and growth through competition.
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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Cisco Networking and Security Technologies, Associate of Applied Science
Cisco Networking and Security Technologies, Advanced Technical Certificate
Cisco Networking and Security Technologies, Basic Technical Certificate
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2017||Summer 2017||Fall 2017|
|Registration Open||November 14||April 10||April 10|
|Financial Aid Priority Date||December 5||May 15||July 10|
|Admission Deadline||December 30||May 19||August 4|
|Last Day to Register||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Classes Begin||January 17*||June 5*||August 21|
|*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.|
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- General computer skills
- Ability to learn
- Basic understanding of how computers work is helpful
- Good communication and writing skills are helpful
- Ability to troubleshoot complex problems is helpful
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Each class is limited to 20 students.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
The Cisco Networking and Security Technologies program can prepare you for a wide variety of roles. Students from this program have gone on to work as help desk technicians, network technicians, and network administrators at a large array of employers. We have former students working for city government, consulting firms, medical facilities, and Internet service providers among many other types of businesses.
- Information Security Analysts
- Computer Network Architects
- Computer Network Support Specialists
- Help Desk Technician
- Network Technicans