CISCO Networking Academy
This academy is an honors course in which students learn how to design, install and troubleshoot complex computer networks. They will navigate a variety of projects as they complete CISCO’s online curriculum in preparation for their certification exams.
Prerequisites at the Time of Junior Year Enrollment
- Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate
- Additional prerequisites at time of application: 1 credit Math, current enrollment or prior completion of Algebra 1
Credits & Certifications Offered
High School Credit
- 3 CTE Year One
- 3 CTE Year Two
*This is an honors level course
- St. Louis Community College - 10 credits
- St. Charles Community College - 25 credits
- Jefferson College - 5 credits
- Ranken & State Technical College - college credit opportunities exist through credit for prior learning or credit by assessment
*College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
- CompTIA A+ Certification
- Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certification
How Will My Time Be Spent?
Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time CTE Year One 51%-75% 51%-75% CTE Year Two 51%-75% 51%-75%
Tech is Real World Learning
Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.
Tools & Equipment
- Computer available for home use (strongly encouraged)
- Routers and switches
- Networking cables
- Crimping tools
- Hand tools (screwdrivers, wrenches)
- CISCO Netacad Online curriculum - a college level text
- CISCO program polo shirt with jeans, pants or appropriate shorts
Essential Skills Needed for Success
Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.
Core Essential Skills
Strong working knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry as well as their application
Working knowledge of computers and their usage
Follow and complete multi-step directions
Demonstrate deductive reasoning or the ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense; Basic problem solving and troubleshooting skills
Demonstrate inductive reasoning or the ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions. This includes being able to find a relationship among seemingly unrelated events.
Make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects
Able to crawl on the floor, beneath furnishings,stand for long periods, etc. to manipulate wires
Able to work in small, cramped spaces
Able to sit at a desk for extended periods while viewing a computer screen
For a complete list of essential skills please review the Course Overview Guide.
CISCO Networking Academy
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Prior to joining the North Tech Team, Mr. Jim Elkins spent 8 years as the Technology Coordinator and instructor in Illinois. Mr. Elkin helped the school district he worked in become only the fifth in the state to have Internet access in every classroom K-12. He has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Illinois State University.