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    Course Objective:

    Students will obtain education and skills in the field of computer networking for small businesses.

    Course Description:

    This three-year program provides tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders with meaningful training toward a career and/or further study in the rapidly expanding occupational area through gainful, positive experiences whether or not they are coming from districts having their own networking programs. This program provides information and hands-on activity leading to certifications such as Cisco, Microsoft Certified Engineer, A+, and others. Networking topics include Software, Hardware, Operating Systems, Installation, and Solutions.

    Course Topics:

    Install and configure CISCO switches and routers

    Provide level one troubleshooting

    Improve network performance and security

    Perform tasks in designing, planning, and installation

    Ethernet and TCP / IP networks


    CompTIA A+; Charles J. Brooks; 2008.

    Networking + CompTIA; Charles J. Brooks; 2009.

    Cisco Networking Academy - online

    Cooperating Companies:

    Basic Innovations



    Technical Products & Supplies

    Specialized Shop Equipment:

    CISCO routers and switches

    Authorized Pearson Vue Testing Center





    Networking +

    Articulation Agreements

    California University of Pennsylvania – Computer Engineering Technology

    ICM School of Business & Medical Careers – Computer Management; Network Administration

    Pittsburgh Technical Institute - Networking

    Post-Secondary Training Options:

    California University of Pennsylvania – Computer Engineering Technology; Computer Science Technology           

    Edinboro University of Pennsylvania – Computer and Information Sciences

    ICM School of Business & Medical Careers – Computer Management; Network Administration

    ITT Technical Institute – Computer and Information Systems Security; Computer Programming; Computer Software Technology; Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

    Penn Commercial Business and Technical School – Network Administrator

    Pennsylvania College of Technology – Computer and Information Sciences; Computer System Analyst

    Potential Careers:

    Network Systems Technician 

    Network Administrator

    IT Specialist

    Network Engineer

    Technical Support

    Network Consultant

    Network Analyst

    Computer Networking Skills:

    Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

    Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

    Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

    Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

    Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

    Wages and Employment Trends:

    Median Wages (2009)                                          $35.22 hourly, $73,250 annually

    Employment (2008)                                                292,000 employees

    Projected Growth (2008-2018)                           Much faster than average (20% or higher)

    Projected Need (2008-2018)                              208,300 additional employees