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Maryland CTE Program of Study

IT Networking Academy (CISCO)

The IT Networking Academy (Cisco) prepares students for advanced study in IT and for industry certification (CCNA), the first step in a Cisco career certification path. Students learn how to install and configure switches and routers in multiprotocol networks using local- and wide-area networks; provide troubleshooting service; and improve network performance and security. The high school program for the IT Networking Academy starts with a foundation in computer hardware and software basics. Students advance their understanding of IT Networking through the Cisco Academy with the opportunity for a range of industry certifications, such as CompTIA (A+, Net+) and Cisco CCENT.

CTE Course Sequence

CCNA Discovery I: Networking for Home and Small Business

This course is designed for students with basic PC usage skills. It maps directly to everyday experiences with networks and covers important networking concepts based on the types of practical network environments students may encounter in small office and home office (SOHO) networking.

Cisco Network Academy (Exploration I)

This course is designed for students with advanced problem solving skills, such as those who are pursuing a career in engineering, math or science. It allows students to learn skills in a more rigorous, comprehensive and theoretical way that is reflective of standard college and university-level educational practices.

CCNA Discovery II: Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP

This course provides students with practical classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging networking technology. It is focused on the structure of the Internet and the numerous ways computers communicate.

Cisco Network Academy (Exploration II)

This course is designed for students with advanced problem solving skills, such as those who are pursuing a career in engineering, math or science. It allows students to learn skills in a more rigorous, comprehensive and theoretical way that is reflective of standard college and university-level educational practices.

CCNA Discovery III: Routing and Switching in the Enterprise

This course provides students with classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging networking technology that will empower them to enter employment or further education and training in the computer-networking field.

PC Hardware and Software (IT Essentials I and II)

This course presents an in-depth exposure to computer hardware and operating systems, as well as

CyberWatch: Ethics and the Information Age (CW110)

This course provides a clearer understanding of certain ethical issues in information technology as well as an understanding of how ethical theory can be applied to a discussion and analysis of those issues. In critically examining a cluster of information technology issues within the framework of ethical theory, students can develop a rational, coherent, consistent, and systemic approach to addressing moral issues in information technology.

CCNA Discovery IV: Designing and Supporting Computer Networks

This course provides students with classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging networking technology that will empower them to enter employment or further education and training in the computer-networking field.

CyberWatch: Security+ (CW160)

This course offers in-depth coverage of the current risks and threats to an organization

Additional Program Advantages

Program Affiliate

Towson University

Towson- IT

Program Recognition

Cisco Networking Academy

CISCO

Program Recognition

CyberWatch

CyberWatch

Student Organization

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA

Technical Skill Assessment

CCENT
CCNA
CCNP

CISCO

Technical Skill Assessment

CompTIA A+
CompTIA Server+
CompTIA Network+

CompTIA- IT