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Converged Networking Certificate

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The fast-paced certificate in converged networking combines the associate-level Cisco certifications for voice, wireless, and security. The Blue Ridge program trains students in foundational Cisco networking knowledge and specific areas of networking. Over the course of study, students will acquire knowledge far beyond connectivity. Students will learn how to secure a network, provide wireless access, and provide network communication and data transmission efficiency.

Program Overview

The Converged Networking certificate degree program is designed to address the needs of businesses and organizations within the local community. The field of Information Technology is growing regionally, and the need for certified technicians is advancing at a rapid rate. This course of study will provide the training required to install, configure, and operate simple routed LANs and WANs, and to obtain the Cisco™ Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. The program also provides the essential knowledge and skills required for employment in the Networking portion of the Information Technology field.

The student will gain knowledge of switched LAN Emulation networks made up of Cisco™ equipment. The program is a focused coverage of Cisco™ router configuration procedures, which will be mapped to exam objectives and prepare you for Cisco Exam 640-802 or for Cisco Exam 640-822 and 640-816. This program will also provide students with the knowledge to implement security on network devices, design, implement, and troubleshoot Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technologies, design, implement, manage, and troubleshoot wireless, as well as, design campus and enterprise network infrastructures. These courses will be mapped to the exam objectives for the CCNA: Security, CCNA: Voice, CCNA: Wireless, and CCDA certification exams.

Students in any program are subject to Blue Ridge Community and Technical College’s requirements for admission, basic skills testing, and appropriate course placement, including mandated developmental courses, which are not counted toward the completion of the program. Blue Ridge CTC requirements regarding academic standards and student conduct also apply.

Career Opportunities

The converged networking certificate positions graduates to be an asset to any business environment. The ability to combine voice and data networks saves companies the equipment, maintenance, and administrative fees associated with running two separate networks.

Note: All salary estimations are based on current position and educational trends. Blue Ridge and The School of Business and Information Technology cannot guarantee that the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive.

Curriculum for a Certificate in Converged Networking

General Education 6
Technical Core 24
Total Credit Hours Required 30

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