CISCO Internetworking

Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) is designed for students who are seeking entry-level ICT jobs or plan to pursue more specialized ICT skills, providing comprehensive coverage of networking topics, from fundamentals to advanced applications and services. The curriculum offers the following features and benefits:

  • Students learn the basics of routing, switching, and advanced technologies to prepare for the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) and CCNA certification exams, networking related degree programs, and entry-level careers.
  • The language used to describe networking concepts is designed to be easily understood by learners at all levels and embedded interactive activities help reinforce comprehension.
  • Courses emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and the practical application of skills.
  • Multimedia learning tools, including videos, games, and quizzes, address a variety of learning styles and promote increased knowledge retention.
  • Hands-on labs and Cisco® Packet Tracer simulation-based learning activities help develop critical thinking and complex problem solving skills.
  • Embedded assessments provide immediate feedback to support learning.

CCNA curriculum teaches comprehensive networking concepts, from network applications to the protocols and services provided to those applications by the lower layers of the network. Students will progress from basic networking to more complex enterprise and theoretical networking models.

There are four courses in the recommended sequence:

  • CIS 1305 Introduction to Networks
  • CIS 1310 Routing and Switching Essentials
  • CIS 1320 Scaling Networks
  • CIS 1330 Connecting Networks

In each course, Networking Academy™ students will learn technology concepts with the support of interactive media and apply and practice this knowledge through a series of hands-on and simulated activities that reinforce learning. After successful completion of the first two courses, students will receive a voucher to take CCENT; and after successful completion of all four courses, students will receive a voucher to take CCNA.


In addition to receiving the CISCO Internetworking Certificate from Oakland Community College, students will be prepared to take the Cisco CCENT® certification exam after successfully completing the first two courses (CIS 1305 and CIS 1310), and the CCNA® Routing and Switching certification exam after successfully completing all four courses (CIS 1305, CIS 1310, CIS 1320, and CIS 1330). Students may also receive vouchers for these certification exams.



career information

Employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 5% from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for information technology workers is high and should continue to grow as firms invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks.

Quick Facts: Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Job statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • 2019 Median Pay: $83,510 per year, $40.15 per hour
  • Work Experience in a Related Occupation: None
  • On-the-job Training: None
  • Number of Jobs, 2018: 383,900
  • Job Outlook, 2018-28: 5% (As fast as average)
  • Employment Change, 2018-28: 18,200

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