Computer Networking & Security

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About the Program:

Computer Networking & Security I
2 semesters – 3 periods – (AM Only)
Grades Eligible: 11, 12, Adult

Prerequisites: Keyboarding, Computer Applications, Algebra I, and English with a grade of C and above are required. Strong reading skills and good attendance will be necessary.

Students will begin by laying a foundation in IT Fundamentals by taking the TestOut IT Fundamentals Pro course. Students considering careers in information technology will use multiple learning formats to acquire computer foundational concepts, knowledge, and skills. Students will take the TestOut IT Fundamentals certification and also be encouraged to take the CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification exam. Students will then begin the TestOut PC Pro curriculum. Students will learn how to install, configure, upgrade, repair, and build a computer. The curriculum focus is on performing real-world tasks using the operating systems, common PC hardware and software, basic networking, devices and printers, security features, and mobile devices.  Students will take the TestOut PC Pro certification and also be encouraged to test for the CompTIA A+ certification. These certifications demonstrate skills for entry-level IT positions.

Computer Networking & Security II
2 semesters – 3 periods – (PM Only)
Grades Eligible: 12, Adult

Prerequisites: Computer Networking & Security I with a minimum of C- and instructor approval.

Year 2 students will begin studying the CertMaster Network+ course curriculum. Students will gain the knowledge and skills they need to install, configure, and maintain a network for a small business on any network platform. Students develop the technical skills needed to securely establish, maintain, and troubleshoot the essential networks that businesses rely on. Students will take the TestOut Network Pro certification and also be encouraged to test for the CompTIA’s Network+ certification exam. In semester 2, students will begin studying the TestOut Security Pro course curriculum. Students will learn the practical and hands-on abilities to both identify and address security threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities. Students will become capable of implementing layered security over wireless and wired local area networks. They will also learn security measures for workstations and mobile devices. Students will take the TestOut Security Pro certification and also be encouraged to test for CompTIA’s Security+ certification exam. These certifications demonstrate the specific hands-on skills and precise knowledge that networking and security professionals need. 

How to Apply:

  1. Schedule to take WorkKeys with the CTC assessment office and obtain the required scores:

    • Graphic Literacy- 5

    •  Applied Math- 4 

    •  Workplace Documents- 5

  2. Complete an application & deposit $100.

  3. Provide proof of HS graduation (or GED).

  4. Submit the background check form.

Class Schedule:

August-May (Following the Cape Girardeau Public Schools Calendar)

The morning block schedule is from 8:25 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
The afternoon block schedule is from 12:05 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

For more information, call 573.334.0826 and speak to one of our advisors.