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Baker College of Jackson to Add Cisco Training to OfferingsAugust 20, 2014
JACKSON, Mich. – Baker College of Jackson has received approval from the Cisco Networking Academy to offer training for Cisco professional certifications.
The first two Cisco programs will be available beginning 2015 winter quarter. They are:
- Cisco networking with wireless and VoIP (Internet-based telephone calling) certificate.
- Cisco certified networking professional (CCNP) program offered as a concentration for the bachelor’s degree in information technology and security.
Upon completion of each program, students will be prepared to successfully pass Cisco certification exams.
“Adding Cisco training options to our curriculum will build on our existing computer network training programs, such as JAVA and MNP, that make graduates more versatile for employers,” said Patricia A. Kaufman, Ed.D., Baker College of Jackson president.
Students in both Cisco programs will receive in-classroom instruction, provided by Baker faculty, and will tap into the Cisco Academy’s cloud-based classroom that offers a virtual environment to experiment with networks and explore complex concepts and networking system designs. They also have the opportunity to compete against students from around the world using an educational game based on real-world, client-based situations.
Baker College instructors have already begun the training necessary to teach Cisco courses. Each instructor is required to be CCNA-certified and attend and pass a two-week training session that includes hands-on lab work and online assessment through the Cisco Academy website.
“This approval from the Cisco Networking Academy combined with the recent first-place win by our students at the state cyber defense competition illustrate that Baker College is providing relevant and effective education,” said David R. Gomez, D.B.A., dean of business and technology at Baker College of Jackson. “All of our students benefit from earning a degree from such an accredited institution as well as gaining skills that align with highly sought-after certifications.”
The Baker College Cisco networking with wireless and VoIP certificate program will provide the essential foundational skills for graduates to start their careers in this emerging area. Students will learn information to help them succeed when testing for several certifications, including Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+.
Baker College’s CCNP program includes intensive lab work to prepare for Cisco’s rigorous certification process. Applicants for a Cisco CCNP certification must pass four exams that include demonstration of knowledge of Cisco routing, switching, remote access and design.
Cisco designs, manufactures, and sells networking hardware, such as routers and network bridges. A Cisco CCNP certification validates the ability to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for network and computer system administrators is $72,560.
For more information about Baker College of Jackson’s computer information systems programs, contact Kevin Pnacek in the admissions office at Kevin.Pnacek@baker.edu or 517.788.7800.return
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