• Course Description

    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

    Prerequisites at the Time of Application

    • 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

    College Credit

    • 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


    • CompTIA A+ Certification
    • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certification
    • Cisco Student Certification
    *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.
  • 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)
    • Servers
    • Routers and switches
    • Networking cables
    • Crimping tools
    • Hand tools (screwdrivers, wrenches)

    Academic Materials

    • CISCO Netacad Online curriculum - a college level text

    Uniform Requirements

    • 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.

  • Michele Myers Michele Myers
    CISCO Networking Academy
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