Kaplan Continuing Education (KCE) have announced the launch of three new online Cisco certification programs designed to provide students with the knowledge to seek employment in the high-demand Information Technology field.
'According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Information Technology is the fastest growing sector in the economy, with an expected growth rate of 68% through 2012,' said Lisa Rosenzweig, the Executive Director at Kaplan Continuing Education. 'With continuous advancements in technology and a growing focus on security, it's increasingly important for IT professionals and those seeking employment in IT to update their technology skills. Career IT training can help keep skills fresh.'
KCE's three new certificate programmes, which include a Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certificate, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certificate and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certificate, are designed to prepare students for positions as systems engineers, systems administrators, or information security specialists.
The Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) Certificate programme is designed to teach students how to install, setup, operate and troubleshoot a small organisational branch network. The courses will include the fundamentals of networking, routing and switching; how to connect to a Wide Area Network; basic wireless and security concepts; configuring and operating IOS devices; and how to configure simple networks. The CCENT is the first step towards the CCNA and CCNP certifications.
The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certificate programme is designed to teach students to install, setup, operate and troubleshoot a medium-size routed and switched network. The training includes lessons in implementing and verifying remote site connections in a Wide Area Network, and implementing network security and mitigating security threats. The courses will also cover network types, media, and the TCP/IP and OSI network models; how to identify IP routes and manage IP traffic; and how to establish point-to-point and frame relay connections.
The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Certificate programme is designed to teach students to install, setup, operate and troubleshoot large enterprise local and wide area networks with 500 or more nodes. Students will receive training in managing routers, switches and enterprise applications that integrate wireless networking, security and voice systems into a network.
KCE's Cisco IT training is self-paced and accessible virtually anywhere and any time. Each Cisco certificate programme can be completed in six months or less. The Kaplan Continuing Education certificate programmes offer online career education and training to professionals looking for a real-world education coupled with the flexibility of web-based learning. KCE programmes are designed to provide students with the educational foundation they need to distinguish themselves from the competition.