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University partners with Cisco for new certificate programs

New programs for CCNA certification

This spring, the University of Phoenix College of Information Systems and Technology launched two new programs in partnership with Cisco Systems® Inc., the topflight global networking company. Both programs prepare students to take the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA®) exam, a key step for a career in systems networking.

University of Phoenix now offers an Associate of Arts in Information Technology with a concentration in Cisco Networking. The University also introduced an undergraduate certificate program tailored for the CCNA test.

“The AAIT/CCNA degree program and stand-alone CCNA certificate program were created to provide students with the appropriate educational foundation to achieve the CCNA certification, which is recognizable worldwide,” says Blair Smith, dean of the College of Information Systems and Technology.

University of Phoenix ... is focused on providing each student with an employable education that is relevant and in demand by today's hiring managers.

Smith notes that passing the CCNA test demonstrates that you’ve mastered a marketable skill, which is a tremendous asset if you wish to start a career in network operations and support. “University of Phoenix, specifically the College of Information Systems and Technology, is focused on providing each student with an employable education that is relevant and in demand by today’s hiring managers," he says. The CCNA sets the standard for the networking industry.

Each program was developed with the official Cisco curriculum to teach students to install, configure, operate and troubleshoot a Local Area Network (LAN) and a Wide Area Network (WAN). Students also learn routing and switching implementations and management.

“Currently, both programs are only available online,” Smith says, but the University may offer the programs at select locations across the nation in the future.


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