Cisco - CNT Program


An incredible career opportunity is waiting for you with Cisco. Technology is changing the world by connecting billions of devices and improving how we live, work, play and treat our planet.

Interested in career advancement or changing professions?  The Cisco program prepares students for the 21st century while serving as a model for successful interactive learning.  Starting is easy: the Cisco program introduces technology from the ground-up, so no experience is necessary to start, and there are no prerequisites to begin.

 

What Will I Learn?

JJC's Cisco program provides exposure to a broad cross-section of computer and network security topics.  The Cisco CCNA Security program at JJC provides training that is also recognized by the United States National Security Agency (NSA).  The program includes hands-on experience using tools and equipment to provide businesses and governments both secure and reliable communication systems.  Protection of assets inclusive of malware containment and mitigation and other types of cyber-attacks are also covered.  

Students can expect in our program: 

  • Experienced instructors teaching in classroom
  • Rigorous, engaging courses and online content
  • Individual instruction and independent study
  • Personalized assessment feedback
  • Hands-on experience in labs working collaboratively and individually
  • Preparation for industry-recognized certifications
  • Pathways to higher education and careers
  • Access to global IT support communities, career tools, and social networking

Benefits for students include:

  • Students receive feedback through comprehensive assessments. They discover quickly what they’ve learned and what they need to review.
  • Students build and troubleshoot real networks with access to trained instructors as needed.
  • This encourages teamwork and enhances problem solving abilities.
  • Students graduate from the program with a marketable skill that has been tested and evaluated prior to their first day on the job.
  • The Networking Academy Facebook site has hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world, connecting with and supporting each other.

What is Unique About Our Program?

Our training is backed by the training resources of Cisco Corporation, the largest cyber security and networking company in the world.  The Cisco pathway provides students with a diverse education in computers and networking with education in the following areas: Cloud, Security, Wireless, Cyber Operations, Collaboration voice and video, Routing & Switching and advanced protocols. 

The program also provides students with the opportunity to prepare for numerous highly regarded industry certifications from industry leaders such as: Cisco, CompTIA, Rackspace Cloud University and Certified Wireless Networking Professional.  These include certification prep classes on: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), CompTIA Cloud Essentials, Rack Space Cloud U, CCNA-Collaboration, CCNA-Security, Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCNET), and Wireless Certification. 

Students may optionally also elect substitutions to obtain the Cisco Cyber Ops CCNA- Cyber Ops, and Linux Professional Institute Linux Essentials Certification. These certifications provide students with an additional way to demonstrate their skills and knowledge to potential employers.

What Degree / Certificate Will I Receive? 

What are my Career Opportunities? 

Career pathways are numerous, with salaries in Chicago over six figures for experienced engineers. According to indeed.com  experienced network engineers are being offered $110,000 to $140,000 in Chicago.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that this field will be one of the fastest growing occupations during the coming decade.  Job prospects in this field are excellent, especially since these jobs are less likely to be outsourced.

Careers include:

  • Cyber security analyst
  • Security operations center engineer
  • Cloud Engineer
  • Firewall Engineer
  • Support Technician
  • Network Support Technician
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Security Architect
  • Systems Integrator
  • Voice and Wireless Engineer

“I received a job offer at a cyber security company in downtown Chicago. This offer is more than doubled the salary I have for my current job. Thank you for working so hard to educate us in the Cisco Academy because if it wasn't for the technical skills I received from there I wouldn't have either contacted by a recruiter on Linkedin or passed the technical interview. Aside from the necessary basics that one should know from Cisco 101 & 102, I greatly benefited from your Cisco CCNA Security class. It was my entry level knowledge of the ASA firewalls & IPSEC VPN's that helped me get this Associate Network Security Engineer position. Without that experience and knowledge I would not have been considered for this position. ”

- Thomas J. Case


 

Prepare for Cisco Certifications

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

    Joliet Junior College is proud to be an official training center for the Cisco Networking Academy. The Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) program consists of four courses within the Computer and Network Technologist (CNT) program. These courses are fast-tracked so you may enroll in 2 courses per semester.

    CNT 101, Networking Fundamentals, 4 credit hours

    CNT 102, Routing Protocols and Concepts, 4 credit hours

    CNT 103, LAN Switching and Wireless, 4 credit hours

    CNT 104, Accessing the WAN, 4 credit hours

    The above four courses, which must be taken in order, are equivalent to 256 hours of instruction and provide students with a basic foundation in networking. Students who successfully complete this portion of the program are eligible to complete the CCNA certification exam.

    If you have work experience or equivalent knowledge you may qualify to test out of CNT 101. For more information, contact the Cisco program coordinator Joe Sullivan, (815) 280-7720 or jsulliva@jjc.edu.

  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)

    Joliet Junior College is proud to be an official training center for the Cisco Networking Academy. This program reflects the latest in course offerings from the Cisco Networking Academy. If you have a valid CCNA or completed CCNA course training then you qualify to enroll in our CCNP courses. The Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) program consists of four courses within the Computer and Network Technologist (CNT) program and represents advanced studies. These courses are fast-tracked so you may enroll in 2 courses per semester.

    CNT 210, Route I, 4 credit hours

    CNT 211, Route II, 4 credit hours

    CNT 212, Switch, 4 credit hours

    CNT 213, T-Shoot, 4 credit hours

    The above four courses, which must be taken in order, are equivalent to 256 hours of instruction and provide students with advanced networking skills. Students who successfully complete this portion of the program are eligible to complete the CCNP certification exams.

    For more information, contact the Cisco program coordinator Joe Sullivan, (815) 280-7720 or jsulliva@jjc.edu.

  • Cisco CCNA Security

    The US National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) recognizes that the Cisco CCNA Security certification courseware meets the CNSS 4011 training standard. By being compliant, the Cisco CCNA Security certification curriculum provides the required training for network security professionals who assist federal agencies and private sector entities to protect their information and aid in the defense of the nation's vital information resources.

    Joliet Junior College is proud to be a Cisco Networking Academy offering a security program recognized by the National Security Agency. After completion of CNT 102 students may register for CNT 220 - CCNA Security. (Note: This course is offered typically in the summer.)

    Course topics include, but are not limited to: implement zone-based policy firewalls, deploy IPv4 and IPv6 ACL's to mitigate threats in a network, provision signature files to mitigate network threats, work with the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), Configure Cisco IOS IPS using CCP and CLI, implement an IOS IPSec site-to-site VPN with pre-shared key authentication, implement Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN using ASA device.

  • Cisco Voice and Communication Systems

    The CCNA Voice series courses from JJC offers students the exciting opportunity to work with a voice enabled network for both small to large businesses. JJC offers two courses Cisco Voice Primer and Cisco CCNA Voice that immerse students in the technology. The courses take students through an in-depth understanding of voice networking principles, tools, deployment options, integration challenges and troubleshooting techniques.

    Students work on telephony systems such as: Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express, Cisco Unity Connection, or Cisco Unified Presence. The course provides preparation for students to take the ICOMM exam through Cisco.

    The CCNA Voice program allows us to support a fast-growing field of networking application support. Our technology packages allow us to fully leverage our Cisco Unified Communications Solutions to unify voice, video, data, and mobile applications on fixed and mobile networks, delivering a media-rich collaboration experience across business, government agency, and institutional workspaces.