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Computer Science – Networking

It’s a tough world out there! Trying to protect personal information like your credit card number, Social Security number, bank account and personal identity seems next to impossible. Even large corporations can’t protect their treasured data that may include trade secrets or your credit card information. And you know what? It’s true that no one and no company can fully protect their networks and confidential information. If a hacker wants in, they will get in – whether it’s your PC, laptop, tablet, server or cell phone. There are only two types of companies – those that have been hacked and those that don’t know they have been hacked.

So as an IT professional, what should you do? Begin by learning how the hacker does it. That’s exactly what our Ethical Hacking class does – it teaches you how to hack.

And if you have been hacked, how do you properly preserve and gather the evidence or figure out how deep the intrusion was? Our Computer Forensics class teaches you how.

The CCNA Security class at SCC will teach you how to configure firewalls, Intrusion Protection Systems, and Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances to help ward off an attacker.

Put all of this together, and you are in a much better position to sleep at night!

SCC’s newest degree in Cyber Security will advance your skill set in network security. Start now – tomorrow may be too late.

Contact Mike Fuszner at mfuszner@schas.edu to get started.

Computer Networking

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.

Certified Ethical Hacking (C|EH)

ECLogoSt. 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.

As an Authorized Training Center (ATC) for EC-Council, students will learn from a certified EC-Council instructor. Students completing this class are eligible to take the corresponding certification exam. In fact, the certification exam will be administered on the last day of class for those students who purchased a voucher from the SCC Bookstore at a reduced cost.

CPC 160: Security Fundamentals is a prerequisite class which must be taken prior to enrolling in CPC 161 or CPC 162. The Security Fundamentals class helps students prepare for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam.

Getting started is easy!

If you have never been an SCC student, you must complete an Application for Admissions and the Class Add/Drop form. Current students may register online. There are no prerequisites to getting started with CPC 170: CCNA1.

You may pick and choose specific class sequences as you work towards certifications without working on earning a degree. However, if you plan to earn a degree, please visit an academic counselor early in your training. All classes are for college credit and may be applied toward a degree program if you wish.

For more information, contact Mike Fuszner at mfuszner@stchas.edu to set up a time to meet. You'll have a chance to talk about your background, experience, goals, take a brief tour and prepare to sign-up for classes if the program fits your educational needs.

Some classes fill up quickly. Students register on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is suggested that you register as soon as registration opens up each semester. Spring registration begins in late October; summer and fall registration begins in early April.

Sufficient enrollment is required to run a class. Classes meet once or twice per week. In addition, students need to spend additional time outside of class.

Training consists of presentations, online learning and hands-on lab exercises where students apply what they learn in class. All classes are lab-intensive.

Virtualization Technologies

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.

CPC 290: Virtualization Technologies introduces students to virtualization technologies with a focus on VMware solutions. SCC is a VMware IT Academy.

Getting started is easy!

If you have never been an SCC student, you must complete an Application for Admissions and the Class Add/Drop form. Current students may register online. There are no prerequisites to get started with CPC 170: CCNA1.

You may pick and choose specific class sequences as you work towards certifications without working on earning a degree. However, if you plan to earn a degree, please visit an academic counselor early in your training. All classes are for college credit and may be applied toward a degree program if you wish.

For more information, contact Mike Fuszner at mfuszner@stchas.edu to set up a time to meet. You'll have a chance to talk about your background, experience, goals, take a brief tour, and prepare to sign-up for classes if the program fits your educational needs.

Some classes fill up quickly. Students register on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is suggested that you register as soon as registration opens up each semester. Spring registration begins in late October; summer and fall registration begins in early April.

Sufficient enrollment is required to run a class. Classes meet once or twice per week. In addition, students may need to spend additional time in the lab outside of class.

Training consists of presentations, online learning and hands-on lab exercises where students apply what they learn in class. All classes are lab-intensive.

Cisco Networking Academy (CCNA, CCNP)

Cisco2St. 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.

All four CCNA classes are offered in a hybrid format or as a traditional class. Hybrid classes meet on Monday evenings only, and students may begin the sequence in August each year. Traditional 8-week classes meet two evenings per week, requiring two semesters to complete all four CCNA classes. Students may begin the traditional sequence in August or January.

Getting started is easy!

If you have never been an SCC student, you must complete an Application for Admissions and the Class Add/Drop form. Current students may register online. There are no prerequisites to getting started with CPC 170: CCNA1.

You may pick and choose specific class sequences as you work towards certifications without working on earning a degree. However, if you plan to earn a degree, please visit an academic counselor early in your training. All classes are for college credit and may be applied toward a degree program if you wish.

For more information, contact Mike Fuszner at mfuszner@stchas.edu to set up a time to meet. You'll have a chance to talk about your background, experience, goals, take a brief tour and prepare to sign-up for classes if the program fits your educational needs.

Some classes fill up quickly. Students register on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is suggested that you register as soon as registration opens up each semester. Spring registration begins in late October; summer and fall registration begins in early April.

Students may enter the CCNA or CCNP program twice per year (August and January). Sufficient enrollment is required to run a class. Classes meet once or twice per week. In addition, students need to spend additional time in the Cisco lab outside of class.

Training consists of presentations, online learning and hands-on lab exercises where students apply what they learn in class while working on actual networks. Evening classes usually meet from 5:30-10 p.m. All classes are lab-intensive.

Microsoft Networking (MTA, MCTS, MCITP

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.

Students in the Microsoft program are required to purchase an external USB powered portable hard drive for use in hands-on training. Students will install both workstation and server operating systems on these drives using virtualization software. The focus of the program will depend on current corporate demands. The training is hands-on to better prepare you for the job market.

Classes meet once per week or twice per week for a total of three to five hours weekly for a full semester. Plan on additional time outside of class to complete labs not finished in class.

Classes should be taken in the following order:

  1. CPC 125: Windows Desktop Operating Systems
  2. CPC 202: Windows Server (includes Active Directory)

Students enroll on a class-by-class basis and are not required to take all classes. Classes may be canceled if there is insufficient enrollment. Open enrollment for the Microsoft program occurs on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Although interesting, these classes are challenging. In addition to class time and several additional hours working on labs outside of class, you should also plan to spend several hours outside of class studying on a weekly basis.

In addition, assessment exams over the material taught in the class may be given via computerized testing similar to certification exams. Students are required to take a skills-based final that may last several hours. These exams will cover the skills that Microsoft recommends you should have before attempting a certification exam.

Some students successfully pass certification exams without on-the-job experience. However, Microsoft recommends at least one year of on-the-job experience before attempting certification exams.

Getting started is easy!

If you have never been an SCC student, you must complete an Application for Admissions and the Class Add/Drop form. Current students may register online. There are no prerequisites to get started with CPC 170: CCNA1.

You may pick and choose specific class sequences as you work towards certifications without working on earning a degree. However, if you plan to earn a degree, please visit an academic counselor early in your training. All classes are for college credit and may be applied toward a degree program if you wish.

For more information, contact Mike Fuszner at mfuszner@stchas.edu to set up a time to meet. You'll have a chance to talk about your background, experience, goals, take a brief tour and prepare to sign-up for classes if the program fits your educational needs.

Some classes fill up quickly. Students register on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is suggested that you register as soon as registration opens up each semester. Spring registration begins in late October; summer and fall registration begins in early April.

Computer Repair & Maintenance (A+)

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.

St. Charles Community College's A+ Computer Repair and Maintenance Program consists of one class (CPC 107). This class will help to prepare you for the CompTIA A+ certification. You'll learn how to repair, build, maintain, troubleshoot and configure PCs. Training is comprised of one five-hour class per week for one semester. Evening classes meet from 5:30-10 p.m. one evening per week. The class is worth 5 credit hours. Summer sessions meet twice as often. There are no prerequisites for this class.

Open enrollment for the A+ class occurs at the beginning of each semester (fall, spring and summer) on a first-come, first-serve basis. Summer sessions meet more often in a condensed format over an eight-week period.

This class is highly recommended for anyone wishing to learn more about computer hardware, software and maintenance. It is also recommended for students in any of the networking programs who do not already know how to take a computer apart and repair it.

You will take computers apart in class, so a computer toolkit with an anti-static wrist band will be required in addition to a textbook and lab manual. Also, students are required to purchase an external USB powered portable hard drive. The class number is CPC 107: A+ Computer Repair and Maintenance.

Getting started is easy!

If you have never been an SCC student, you must complete an Application for Admissions and the Class Add/Drop form. Current students may register online. There are no prerequisites to get started with CPC 170: CCNA1.

You may pick and choose specific class sequences as you work towards certifications without working on earning a degree. However, if you plan to earn a degree, please visit an academic counselor early in your training. All classes are for college credit and may be applied toward a degree program if you wish.

For more information, contact Mike Fuszner at mfuszner@stchas.edu to set up a time to meet. You'll have a chance to talk about your background, experience, goals, take a brief tour and prepare to sign-up for classes if the program fits your educational needs.

Some classes fill up quickly. Students register on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is suggested that you register as soon as registration opens up each semester. Spring registration begins in late October; summer and fall registration usually begin in early April.

Sufficient enrollment is required to run a class. Classes meet once per week. Evening classes usually meet from 5:30-10 p.m. Classes are lab-intensive.

Students should plan on five hours per week in class and several hours outside of class reviewing the curriculum and completing any labs not finished within class.

UNIX/Linux Administration

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.

St. Charles Community College's Intro to UNIX/Linux class (CPC 180) is an introduction to using UNIX or Linux in a networking environment. The UNIX/Linux Administration class (CPC 260) includes supporting UNIX/Linux servers and UNIX/Linux network administration. Both consist of a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions and hands-on labs. Training is comprised of one three-hour class per week for one semester.

Open enrollment occurs at the beginning of each semester (fall, spring) on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are no prerequisites for CPC 180. You must complete CPC 180 before taking CPC 260.

These classes are highly recommended for anyone wishing to learn more about the UNIX/Linux operating system and for those who need to support a UNIX/Linux server in a network environment. In addition to books, students are required to purchase an external USB powered portable hard drive.

Getting started is easy!

If you have never been an SCC student, you must complete an Application for Admissions and the Class Add/Drop form. Current students may register online. There are no prerequisites to get started with CPC 170: CCNA1.

You may pick and choose specific class sequences as you work towards certifications without working on earning a degree. However, if you plan to earn a degree, please visit an academic counselor early in your training. All classes are for college credit and may be applied toward a degree program if you wish.

For more information, contact Mike Fuszner at mfuszner@stchas.edu to set up a time to meet. You'll have a chance to talk about your background, experience, goals, take a brief tour and prepare to sign-up for classes if the program fits your educational needs.

Some classes fill up quickly. Students register on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is suggested that you register as soon as registration opens up each semester. Spring registration begins in late October; summer and fall registration begin in early April.

Sufficient enrollment is required to run a class. Classes meet once or twice per week. Classes are lab-intensive.

Students should plan on three hours per week in class and several hours outside of class reviewing the curriculum and completing any labs not finished within class.

Transferring Credits to a Four-Year Program?

The four-year program of your choice always has the final say. SCC students find, however, that general education credits transfer quite successfully. The courses specific to this SCC degree/certificate may be transferable as well as electives.

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Microsoft Certifications

For the most up-to-date information regarding Microsoft certifications, visit Microsoft’s website at www.microsoft.com/certification.

  • CPC 125: Windows Desktop Operating Systems will help to prepare you for a MCTS certification. Just one exam is required.
  • CPC 202: Windows Server and Active Directory will help to prepare you for MCITP certification. This is just one path you may take towards certification. Multiple exams are required.
Cisco Certifications

For the most up-to-date information regarding Cisco certifications, visit Cisco’s website at www.cisco.com/certification. SCC offers preparation for CCENT, CCNA, CCNP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice and CCNA Wireless certifications.

A+ Certification

For the most up-to-date information regarding A+ certification, visit the CompTIA website at www.comptia.org/. Look for CompTIA certifications.

Security+, C|EH, and C|HFI Certifications

For the most up-to-date information regarding Certified Ethical Hacking (C|EH) or Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI) certifications, visit the EC-Council website at www.eccouncil.org . Click on the Certification link at the top of the page.

For information about the Security+ certification, visit the CompTIA website at www.comptia.org . Look for ComptTIA certifications.

Certification Testing Sites

The SCC Assessment Center is now an authorized VUE testing site, so Cisco CCENT, CCNA, CCNP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CCNA Wireless, A+, Security+, C|EH, C|HFI and other certification exams may be taken on campus. Microsoft certifications may only be taken at a Prometric testing site.

For information about taking certification exams, visit the following websites:

Note: Cisco certification exams may only be taken at an authorized VUE testing site. Microsoft certifications may only be taken at a Prometric testing site.

Job Outlook

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.

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