Computer Science - Networking

Cyber Security logo imageIt’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 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)
Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI)

EC-Council LogoSt. 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.

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.

Cisco Networking Academy (CCNA, CCNP)

Cisco Networking Academy LogoSt. 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

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.

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.

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.

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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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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