Computer Networking Training at Centennial College Takes Practical Approach

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Did you know that after completing computer networking training at Centennial College, you will have the know-how to enter positions such as: computer systems technologist, field service representative, network technologist, network technical support specialist, help desk support, LAN support and LAN administrator? That’s because this institution’s program takes three years to complete, results in an Ontario College Advanced Diploma and offers a very wide range of knowledge. Among the abilities of Centennial College computer networking training graduates are: analyzing and resolving information technology problems using both diagnostic tools and a systematic approach; planning, designing and implementing both computer systems and networking solutions; offering a variety of computer system and network services such as installation, configuration, troubleshooting, monitoring, maintaining, upgrading and optimizing; being an administrator of databases within an networked environment; and more.

Centennial College’s computer networking training approach is beneficial to students in that it incorporates a strong hands-on lab and technical problem solving focus along with a theoretical base. As such, among the topics covered are: operating systems, configuring and troubleshooting wired and wireless networks, PC hardware, PC operating systems, introduction to web design, technical writing with MS Office 2007 and Visio, and more.  Support for these computer networking training topics comes by way of fully equipped labs with the latest equipment and software where students actually get to go inside PC hardware. Additionally, students of this computer networking training learn customer and business skills to further enhance what they have to offer upon graduation.

To round out the computer networking training, students complete a capstone project in their sixth semester with a project base from a fifth-semester course called Fundamentals of Project Management. The fifth-semester computer networking course helps students to become comfortable with researching, analyzing, planning, costing, scheduling and resolving problems in implementing the capstone project. At the end of Fundamentals of Project Management, students conceive a project idea and then use the capstone opportunity to design it, ensuring that it fulfills the specifics laid down to accomplish business objectives. Through the experience, they work in a team to handle the various aspects of the project and maintain clear and accurate project related documents, which adhere to industry standards. During the implementation process students go through configuration and troubleshooting exercises, using a systematic approach and diagnostic tools to solve problems. At the end of the course each team demonstrates the project, makes an oral presentation and submits a written report.

It is worth noting that exit points are available to qualified students after one year (CRAM certificate) and two years (Technician diploma). Graduates are positioned to pursue industry standard certifications such as Comptia A+, Net+, iNet, Cisco CCNA, Novell CNE, Microsoft Win2000 Professional and Server

Applicants to Centennial College's computer networking training must have completed the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older); English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent, or skills assessment; and Math Grade 11 M or U or Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent, or skills assessment.

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Jason describes how the computer networking course in Canada prepares students for various careers, including: computer system technologist, field service representative and more.


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