Cisco Networking and Security Technologies

  • College of Western Idaho
  • Cisco Networking and Security Technologies, CWI
  • Cisco Networking and Security Technologies, CWI
The College has very reputable programs and is well known in the information technology industry.
Dominic Jones, IT Student


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


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Additional Opportunities

Skills USA is a national competition that some of our students choose to participate in to reap the many benefits growth through competition.

Gainful Employment

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Cisco Networking and Security Technologies



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Advanced Technical Certificate in Cisco Networking and Security Technologies



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Post-Secondary Technical Certificate in Cisco Networking and Security Technologies



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Program Specific Dates

Monday, January 12, 2015 Program Applications Open

Program applications are accepted January 12 through April 10, 2015.

Sunday, June 1, 2014 Notification of Placement

Monday, June 16, 2014 Letter of Intent Due

In order to be registered for the Fall 2014 semester, all accepted IT students must provide the Letter of Intent by June 16, 2014.

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Registration Open April 14 November 10 April 13
Financial Aid Priority Date July 14 December 1 May 11
Admission Deadline August 8 December 22 May 15
Tuition and Fees Due August 22 January 9 May 29
Last Day to Register August 22 January 9 May 29
Classes Begin August 25 January 12 June 1*
*Some classes begin before this date. See class schedule for more information.

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • CISA requirements
  • Keyboarding
  • 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


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Admission into the Cisco Networking and Security Technologies program requires a separate application process and is competitive.

Each class is limited to 20 students.

Register Early!

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.

Career Info

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


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