Information Technology and Computer Networking
What is Information Technology and Computer Networking exactly?
Information technology refers to the creation, maintenance, and/or use of systems, including computer software, networks, and systems for storing, retrieving, and sending information. Computer networking refers to the electronic linking of two or more computing devices to exchange data through data connections.
Computer networking and information technology have changed the lives of millions around the globe:
- Everybody uses a computing device – a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
- You can work anywhere you want.
- Video conferences allow companies to share ideas and software from different locations, without having to travel.
- All information is at your fingertips.
Hackers are a problem in today’s fast-paced and changing technology landscape. Hackers regularly try to hack into personal and corporate networks. These attacks include ransomware, identity thefts, data loss/manipulation, and denial-of-service attacks. Computer networking experts are increasingly being called upon to help protect individuals, businesses, and government information using constantly evolving security processes.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer Networking employment will grow by 8% between now 2022. There will be approximately 42,000 new positions in networking across all industries in the U.S. as well as abroad.
Due to the increasing use of network technology and its complexity, trained specialists will soon be entering a field that promises to continue to present challenges and demands for many more years.
The two-year program is based upon the IT Essentials, CCNA Routing & Switching, and Routing curricula from the Cisco Networking Academy. The topics and skills include assembling, disassembling, and repairing computers, troubleshooting software, and hardware, designing, installing, and maintaining wired and mobile computer systems, configuring switches, routers, designing network infrastructure, troubleshooting installation,n and design, customer service, and technical support.
Students will have the following opportunities and experiences by the end of the program:
- Complete a cornerstone project. The program concludes with a project that involves network design and technology purchase recommendations.
- Students will be involved in real-world projects and industry problems. Business partners mentor students to help them design and implement innovative solutions to class and industry problems.
- Work with industry professionals. Strong ties to industry partners allow the program to host students in a range of job shadowing experiences, classroom assignments with partners on specialized assignments, and guest lectures in our classes. This results in long-lasting relationships and future employment opportunities.
- Use cutting-edge technology. All IT Computer Networking students receive a laptop. The state-of-the-art learning lab contains the following equipment: PCs – Laptops – hand tools for assembly/disassembly, repairs, and cable production – network cables and cable testing equipment – Cisco switches and routers
- can earn internationally recognized certifications. students will be able to earn industry-recognized CompTIA and CISCO certifications.
- can earn up to 28 college credit
The ECCA Program Catalog includes the names and descriptions of courses in the IT Computer Networking and Cybersecurity programs, as well as a Plan of Study.