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Cybersecurity Networking

Would you like to solve cyber crimes such as identity theft? Would you like to learn how computer networks are created? Are you curious about how computers work inside?

The Cybersecurity Networking Academy consists of two pathways - Computer Networking and PC Systems. Both pathways prepare students for entry positions of further study in the cybersecurity arena. The Cisco and CyberWatch courses cover computer hardware, software, operating systems, fundamental and advanced networking, and cybersecurity-related threats and mitigation techniques. Students gain in-depth knowledge and practical application experience and demonstrate their ability to analyze cyber threats by using networking devices, simulation tools, software, and by participating in competitions. These courses prepare students to obtain CCENT and CCNA Certifications.

Prerequisites

Algebra I prior to enrollment in academy coursework.

Certifications

Upon completion of the Computer Networking pathway experience, students will be prepared to take the Cisco Certified Network Engineer Technician (CCENT), Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA), and the CompTIA Security + certification exams.

Upon completion of the PC Systems pathway experience, students will be prepared to take the CompTIA A+, Cisco Certified Network Engineer Technician (CCENT) and CompTIA Security + certification exam.

College Credit

Students who successfully complete all Computer Networking pathway (454M and 456M) coursework with a grade B or higher, are eligible for credits at Howard Community College.

Students who successfully complete all PC Systems pathway (4561 and 457M) coursework with a grade of B or higher, are eligible for credits at Howard Community College

Pathway Options

Computer Networking Pathway

Students will complete CISCO certified coursework and take the Cisco Certified Network Engineer Technician (CCENT) exam and have the option to take the Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) and the CompTIA Security + certification exams.

Students will complete Cyber Watch coursework.

PC Systems Pathway

Students will complete CISCO certified coursework and take the Comp TIA A+ certification exam. Students will also have the option to take the Cisco Certified Network Engineer Technician (CCENT) and CompTIA Security + certification exams.

Students will have the option of completing a worksite experience in a computer repair or networking field

Successful Academy Students:

  • Maintain a C average in all academy coursework.
  • Participate in student conferences and job shadowing.
  • Complete a large-scale networking project during the senior year.
  • Consider taking the CISCO Certified Network Associate Exam.
  • Practice making responsible decisions to be better prepared for security clearance and background checks required in cybersecurity and computer networking career fields.

Suggested Course Schedule

Below is a suggested high school course schedule for students interested in the Cybersecurity Networking Academy
Grade Level Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5 Course 6 Course 7
Ninth Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Fitness & Health required Technology Education required Elective available
Tenth Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Fine Arts Requirement Elective available Elective available
Eleventh Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Elective available Computer Networking I G/T 454M OR PC Software and Hardware 4561
Twelfth Grade English required Mathematics required Elective available Elective available Computer Networking II G/T 456M OR Networking Essentials-457M Honors