The Cisco Certified Network Professional program has been created to address the expanding technology needs of businesses and organizations within the local West Virginia community. Designed to create a talent pool within our region, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College will equip students with essential knowledge to install, configure, operate, troubleshoot, and manage advanced routing protocols; campus-wide enterprise networks; advanced switching technologies; network security; Voice over IP (VOIP); and Quality of Service (QoS).
Information Technology is a growing field in this area and the need for certified technicians is growing at a rapid rate. This program will address this need at a local level and allow for resident businesses and organizations to hire from a local pool of talent as opposed to hiring outside of the local community to address their needs.
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is excited and proud to offer the advanced Cisco networking curriculum leading to the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) which will work in conjunction with the existing Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) program. This program will provide students with the essential knowledge and experience to install, configure, operate, troubleshoot, and manage advanced routing protocols, campus-wide enterprise networks, advanced switching technologies, network security, Voice over IP (VOIP), and Quality of Service (QoS). The program is mapped to the exam objectives for the four individual certifications required to obtain the CCNP.
Students seeking a rapid path to employment may enroll in the Cisco Certified Network Professional Certificate program. Those students seeking specific technical knowledge and a broader, more marketable understanding of networking can pursue the Cisco Networking Certificate option. Additionally, students may enroll in the A.A.S. degree, Computer Network Engineering Technologies in order to further augment their potential profitability. All programs are instructed by highly trained and credentialed faculty and incorporate technical modules, hands-on laboratories, and equipment training.
Students in any of the Cisco programs are subject to Blue Ridge Community and Technical College's requirements for admission, basic skills testing, and appropriate course placement, including developmental education courses, which may not count toward the completion of the program. Blue Ridge Community and Technical College requirements regarding academic standards and student conduct also apply.
- Understand and demonstrate the advanced routing protocols used by Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
- Exhibit an understanding of Advanced Layer 3 Switching through a final project.
- Illustrate the necessary troubleshooting skills used by advanced networking technicians.
- Develop the necessary communication skills to be able to coordinate and work on a team project, learn how to troubleshoot logical and design errors along with technical errors, and be able to provide clear and effective documentation of a project to aid future work such as maintenance and upgrades.
The Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Cisco certified network professional plan of study is designed to speed graduate transition into an entry-level position in networking. Students seeking a broader, more marketable understanding of networking may pursue the Cisco networking certificate option, or enroll in our degree program in computer network engineering technologies to strengthen earning power.