Computer Networking Training Results in Multiple Career Options

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How would you feel knowing that you were one of only 100 students accepted yearly into Centennial College's computer networking training, officially known as Computer Systems Technology – Networking? Would you feel even prouder knowing that the computer networking courses in this program will lead you to careers in technical support for the growing mesh of Internet, intranet, extranet and telecoms? If you answered 'yes' to both of these questions and are looking for a program that reflects the ever-growing innovations of the digital revolution, this could be it.

In just three years, you will complete computer networking training that incorporates the latest in computer systems through a strong hands-on lab and technical problem solving focus. The practical approach is taken in this offering to ensure that you actually go inside PC hardware and learn about operating systems as well as configuring and troubleshooting wired and wireless networks to have full control of the computing and communicating technology. Hands-on experience is gained with the latest equipment and techniques for copper/ fiber cabling certification and network troubleshooting. In your computer networking courses, you will also learn to put together and maintain systems that will empower users in their creative, business and communication activities. Among the computer networking courses offered within this program are: Introduction to Web Design, Windows Server Operating Systems, PC Hardware, Network Technologies, PC Operating Systems, and others.

As hands-on practice is a focal part of the computer working courses, it should come as no surprise that a capstone project in the sixth semester is a highlight of the program.

This capstone project is related to the fifth semester computer networking course Fundamentals of Project Management, during which you 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. You will design a project that fulfills the specifics laid down to accomplish business objectives. You will 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 you will 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.

To apply to Centennial College's computer networking training you 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.

Upon completion of the computer networking training, you will go onto to work as one of the following: 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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Jason wrote this article about Centennial College's computer networking courses, which offer students must practical practice and additional theory.

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