Combine Computer Theory with Hands-on Practice in Computer Networking Training

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Did you know that all you need to enter computer networking training is an interest in computers, an 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? At Centennial College, applicants who have these prerequisites can apply to the Computer Systems Technology - Networking program.

This offering is completed in three years and incorporates the latest in computer systems through a strong hands-on lab and technical problem solving focus. It is designed to allow students to go inside PC hardware and learn about operating systems as well as configuring and troubleshooting wired and wireless networks in order to have full control of the computing and communicating technology. In their computer networking courses, students also learn to put together and maintain systems that will empower users in their creative, business and communication activities. Specific computer networking courses include: PC Hardware, PC Operating Systems, Introduction to Web Design, Network Technologies, Windows Server Operating System, Electricity for Computer Systems and many others.

One standout computer networking course is the Technologist Project in the sixth semester. This capstone project is related to the fifth semester course Fundamentals of Project Management, where students deal with research, analysis, planning, costing, scheduling and resolving problems in implementing the project. The project conceived in Fundamentals of Project Management is incorporated here. Students design a project that fulfills the specifics laid down to accomplish business objectives. 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 final report, which is clear, concise and free of grammatical errors.

Exit points in computer networking training are available to qualified students after one year (CRAM certificate) and two years (Technician diploma). In addition, qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in an articulated program with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow graduates to apply academic credit towards further study. Lastly, graduates are positioned to pursue industry standard certifications such as Comptia A+, Net+, iNet, Cisco CCNA, Novell CNE, Microsoft Win2000 Professional and Server.

Should students choose to pursue a career after completing all computer networking courses, they may do so under titles such as computer systems technologist, field service representative, network technologist, network technical support specialist, help desk support, LAN support and LAN administrator. Companies that have hired graduates of this program include: AIM Funds Management Inc., Canada Life, Celestica, CIBC Mellon Trust and more.

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Emma writes about Centennial College's computer networking training, which includes courses such as Network Technologies, Windows Server Operating System, Electricity for Computer Systems.

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