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The Cisco Networking Academy Program is a partnership between Cisco Systems and the Baltimore County Public Schools. The Networking Academy curriculum centers on teaching students to design, build, and maintain computer networks. The program prepares students for the 21st Century workplace, while serving as a valuable model for e-learning. To learn more about this program, please visit Cisco Systems Inc. or download the Cisco Academy brochure at Cisco Academy Brochure.

Students may take the following industry certifications:

Cisco Networking (CCENT Certification)
The Cisco CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions, the starting point for many successful careers in networking. Candidates should have the knowledge and skill to install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. CCENT certification is the first step toward achieving CCNA, which covers medium size enterprise branch networks with more complex connections.

Cisco Networking (CCNA—Cisco Certified Network Associate Certification)
The Cisco CCNA network associate certification validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN. This new curriculum includes basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless networking concepts and terminology, and performance-based skills. This new curriculum also includes (but is not limited to) the use of these protocols: IP, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Serial Line Interface Protocol, Frame Relay, Routing Information Protocol Version 2 (RIPv2),VLANs, Ethernet, and access control lists.

Cisco IT Essentials (CompTIA A+ Certification)
CompTIA A+ certification validates the latest skills needed by today's computer support professionals. It is an international, vendor-neutral certification recognized by major hardware and software vendors, distributors and resellers. CompTIA A+ confirms a technician's ability to perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking. The exams also cover domains such as security, safety and environmental issues and communication and professionalism.

Cyber Security (CompTIA Security+ Certification)
CompTIA Security+ certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of security, one of the fastest-growing fields in IT.  CompTIA Security+ not only ensures that candidates will apply knowledge of security concepts, tools, and procedures to react to security incidents, it ensures that security personnel are anticipating security risks and guarding against them.

Contact
Kara Lynch
Email: klynch2@bcps.org
Phone: 410-887-8924

The following High Schools are eligible to offer Cisco Networking Programs:  (Please contact schools directly for specific program offering.)

Eastern Technical High
Dulaney High
Milford Mill Academy
New Town High
Parkville High School
Sollers Point Technical High
Western School of Technology
Woodlawn High School


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