Cisco Networking Academy

Cisco Networking Academy LogoSt. Charles Community College has partnered with Cisco Systems 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 such as CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician), CCNA Routing & Switching (Cisco Certified Network Associate), CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) and the CCNA specialties of Security, Voice and Wireless.

The online curriculum is coupled with extensive hands-on experience with routers and switches in our lab. You may learn more about the Cisco Networking Academy at

Cisco divides CCNA training into eight-week sessions. Each session is another class. You will complete two eight-week classes within a regular college semester. There are four classes in the CCNA program consisting of CCNA1 through CCNA4.

CCNP training consists of three classes. You must complete CCNA training or hold a current CCNA certification to take CCNP classes. CCNP1 (ROUTE) and CCNP2 (SWITCH) may be taken in either order. You must complete both ROUTE and SWITCH before taking CCNP3 (TSHOOT).

The CCNA Specialty classes are each one semester in length. Specialty classes include CCNA Security, CCNA Wireless, and CCNA Voice Over IP. You must complete CCNA training or hold a current CCNA certification before taking the CCNA Specialty classes.

There are no prerequisite classes for starting the program with CPC 170: CCNA1.

Cisco Lab
Our Cisco lab is equipped with numerous routers and switches to allow students real hands-on training. Current routers in use include the 2600 series, 2800 series and 2900 integrated services routers. Current switches in use include the 2900 series, the 2950, 2960 and layer three 3550 and 3560 switches. We also have PIX and ASA devices in the lab.

The open Cisco lab is available one or two evenings during the week in addition to Saturdays. Students may choose when to come in to use the open lab and how often based on their needs. Some students may need to spend less time on campus than others. In addition, some students have routers and switches at home or on their job that may be used to work on labs off campus.

Expected Workload
Students should plan on 5 to 10 hours per week in class, several additional hours in the Cisco lab outside of class, several hours outside of class reviewing the online curriculum, and completing any labs not finished within the class period outside of class. The total amount of time a student should plan on is around 20 hours per week.

Hybrid Classes
Hybrid CCNA classes allow students to have more control over their schedule. The hybrid approach is called a blended distance learning format by Cisco. It has been developed for non-traditional students with family and job responsibilities, although any student is eligible. Its purpose is to provide the student with greater flexibility in their time management. The exact same curriculum and labs are used. It is an approach that simply gives the student greater control over their time.

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 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.

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