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The Cisco Networking Academy program, offered at the Forest Park campus through the Center for Emerging and Advanced Information Technologies, prepares students for entry level and advanced network support positions. The CCNA program consists of a series of four courses developed by Cisco Systems Inc., the world's largest supplier of networking equipment. The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) courses prepare students for certification at the professional level and consists of 3 courses.
The Cisco Networking Academy program teaches students to design, build and maintain computer networks. Advanced studies teach the more complicated aspects of networking. The academy curriculum covers a broad range of topics, from basic networking skills to more complex concepts such as applying advanced troubleshooting tools. Semesters 1 through 4 of the academy program, equivalent to 280 hours of instruction, provide students with a basic foundation in networking. Students who successfully complete this portion of the program are prepared to sit for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification are ready to pursue the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification by taking Cisco CCNP: Routing and Cisco CCNP: Switching. Both classes must be successfully completed before taking the final CCNP course: Cisco CCNP: Troubleshooting.
Forest Park has served as a Cisco Regional Academy since 1998.
For the period 2004 through 2014, MERIC (Missouri Economic and Research and Information Center) projects the Network and Computer Systems Administrators occupation to grow 34% and the Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts occupation to grow 46%. Data sources: MERIC short-term occupational projections and MERIC occupational employment and wage survey.
More information about the Cisco Networking Academy is available at the Cisco Networking Academy site. To find out when the classes are offered, go to the interactive class schedule. Click the current semester. Cisco classes are only offered at the Forest Park campus. Click "IT" under course number and then click "Display Classes."