College Computer Networking Training Results in Degree

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For students who are torn between a degree in Information Sciences – Computer and Communication Networks and obtaining the more hands-on experience that comes with college courses, there is Centennial College’s computer networking training. The four-year program isn’t just unique for that reason. It is also the only offering of its sort in the province, as the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities selected Centennial College to address a critical need for networking professionals. As a result, you’ll impress employers with a degree, hands-on experience and unique perspective on the industry.

To apply for the computer and communication network and business communication course that this program offers, you are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with a minimum of six 12U, 12M, OAC credits or equivalent or are 19 years of age or older. In addition, you must have completed the English 12U and one of the following: Math 12U Advanced Functions, Math 12U Calculus and Vectors, Math 12U Mathematics of Data Management or equivalent.

Once you are accepted into the computer networking training, you will not only get the opportunity to choose between specializing in network security or wireless systems but each route comes with a balance of theory-based courses and real life practical experience. For example, students of this computer networking training participate in a 15-week mandatory co-op placement, during which they are placed in financial institutions, Fortune 500 organizations, and IMB as well as private sector companies. A minimum C grade in ENG-110, minimum 2.0 GPA and minimum 80 per cent of year 1 and 2 courses required for COOP-221.

But in order to be prepared for this aspect of the program, you will attend business communications courses at the fully-equipped Progress Campus, which is home to state-of-the-art laboratories that are specially engineered and feature VoIP, Cellular Networks, Wireless Broadband (WiMax), Advanced Routing and Switching or Network Management. All labs are small in size so you also receive the added benefit of individual attention from highly qualified, industry-experienced full-time faculty members. Specific computer networking training courses include: Computer Architecture (concerned with operational methods of the hardware, with the services provided by operating system software; with the acquisition, processing, storage, and output of data; and with the interaction between computers); Enterprise Network Design (students investigate and design a variety of enterprise network configurations with emphasis on modeling and simulating networks, using the most advanced computer tools); and business communications courses like Marketing of Services, Organizational and Client Relationships, Fundamentals of Business and Information Systems, Entrepreneurship in the New Economy and more.

Once you complete your Computer networking training, you have two options. First, you are prepared to apply for positions that include: IT program managers, network administrators, project management analysts, business account managers, technical account managers, network analysts and network support. Secondly, Centennial College also helps students transition to further education, thanks to an educational partnership with Griffith University in Australia that allows qualified graduates to apply academic credit towards further study.

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In this piece, Jason offers readers details of Centennial College’s computer networking training, which is the only program of its kind in the province.

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