Computer networking programs at St. Charles Community College provide hands-on, skills-based training in state-of-the-art classroom labs. The Cisco Networking Academy, Microsoft Academy, A+, UNIX/Linux, Virtualization Technologies, Certified Ethical Hacking and Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator classes prepare you for the corporate workplace and industry certifications. To view the latest class offerings, click class schedule.
St. Charles Community College has partnered with EC-Council to work together to train IT professionals. CPC 162: Ethical Hacking and CPC 161: Computer Forensics prepare and authorize students to take the C|EH or C|HFI certification exams. These highly valued certification exams and classes teach students the offensive skills used by hackers to gain unauthorized entry into a network, and how to gather evidence of such attacks. A prerequisite class to both of these is CPC 160: Security Fundamentals which helps to prepare students for the CompTIA Security+ exam.
One of today's hottest trends in IT is the use of virtualization. Companies are virtualizing their data centers, desktops and applications and are creating cloud infrastructures. CPC 290: Virtualization Technologies is an introduction to virtualization technologies with a focus on VMware solutions.
St. Charles Community College has partnered with Cisco Systems to work together to train IT professionals – teaching students the skills necessary to program routers and switches and to design, implement and troubleshoot enterprise networks. You'll learn the fundamentals of networking, routing and switching in our state-of-the-art lab by working on real equipment. The Academy prepares you for industry certifications like CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician) CCNA Routing and Switching (Cisco Certified Network Associate), CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) and CCNA specialty certifications for Security, Wireless and Voice.
The online curriculum is coupled with extensive hands-on experience on routers and switches in our lab. Learn more about the Academy by visiting www.netacad.com.
Our Microsoft program prepares students for a job as a network administrator, network engineer, end-user support specialist or help desk technician. In addition, our training will help to prepare you for industry certifications like MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate), MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist), and MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional).
Students in our Microsoft program utilize virtual machines for use in hands-on training. Training includes installing a Windows desktop operating system along with Server and Active Directory. The focus of the program will depend on current corporate demands. SCC's training is hands-on to better prepare you for the job market.
Learn how to take your computer apart for upgrades or repairs, as well as troubleshooting techniques. You'll learn about the inside of a computer – the CPU, memory, motherboards, hard drives, video cards and expansion slots. You'll learn how to install various operating systems, how to build a system from scratch and how to rebuild an existing system. We focus on hands-on skills, along with concepts to better prepare you for the job market. This class helps students prepare for the CompTIA A+ certification exams.
SCC's UNIX/Linux classes will teach a student how to administer UNIX/Linux in a corporate network environment. The Intro to UNIX/Linux class assumes that a student does not know anything about UNIX/Linux. Students learn the basics of the UNIX/Linux operating system and then continue with a focus on administering UNIX/Linux within a corporate network.
The job market is strong for IT workers, according to the Department of Labor. Employment opportunities are expected to increase much faster than the average. See the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook: