Courses – Network Security Specialist

INET  Introduction to Networking (Orientation Course)

DSA   Desktop Support and Administration

NSE   Network Scripting Essentials

ADNI  Active Directory and Network Infrastructure Administration

AIEA  Application Infrastructure & Enterprise Administration

ASAP  Automation in Systems Administration Project

PD 1   Professional Development 1


INET  Introduction to Networking (Orientation Course)

NCT  Networking with Cisco Technologies

WTN  Wireless Technology Networks

CSA   Computing Security Architecture

IP  Infrastructure Project

PD 2  Professional Development 2


INET  Introduction to Networking (Orientation Course)

LOS  Linux Operating Systems

ITPM  IT Project Management

DCN  Data Communications and Networks

LAP  Linux Administration Project

PD 3  Professional Development 3


INET  Introduction to Networking (Orientation Course)

VCC  Virtualization and Cloud Computing

ITILF   ITIL Foundation

EMCS   Enterprise Messaging and Collaboration Services

VP  Virtualization Project

PD 4  Professional Development 4


ANS  Advanced Network Systems

CFFR  Computer Forensics for the First Responder

EAUL  Enterprise Administration Using Linux – Project

NOM  Networking Optimization and Monitoring


EPKI  Encryption, Public Key Infrastructure Architecture and Administration

NEVP  Hands-on Network Exploits, Vulnerabilities and Penetration Testing

ICP  Industry Capstone Project


Active Directory & Network Infrastructure Administration (ADNI)

Active Directory and Network Infrastructure Administration is aimed at covering Microsoft Active Directory and Network Infrastructure administration skills. Active Directory serves as the foundation to Microsoft-based environments, providing a repository in which data can be organized for large enterprises. ADNI covers more in-depth Active Directory concepts, including managing and maintaining servers, File, print, and network access services, Configuring network policies, managing and maintaining an Active Directory infrastructure. The course will also cover configuring and managing high availability, file storage business continuity, and network infrastructure services, such as Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and Domain Name System (DNS).

Advanced Network Systems (ANS)

Advanced Network Systems is a course that examines the issues of advanced network environments using Linux and Unix. Students will discuss concepts such as compiling applications and the kernel, optimizing Linux network performance, and using systems and software in alternative ways to reach your goals. Participants will be engaged in a very intensive hands-on project to solidify concepts learned.

Application Infrastructure & Enterprise Administration (AIEA)

Application Infrastructure & Enterprise Administration is a project-based course aimed at covering Active Directory and provides hands-on experience with implementing security in a Windows-based network. Active Directory serves as the foundation to Microsoft-based environments, providing a repository in which data can be organized for large enterprises. Topics include planning, implementing, managing and maintaining an Active Directory infrastructure, planning and managing user, computer, group, and group policy strategies. Content includes security concepts surrounding network infrastructure, web services, and system updates.

Automation in Systems Administration Project (ASAP)

The Automation in Systems Administration Project is a hands-on project based course. While students re learning networking concepts in other related courses, this course will provide a hands-on implementation of those concepts. Systems automation is an integral part of IT management and students will learn how to perform system automation on a Windows based network using PowerShell. This includes making design and recovery decisions, in order to implement the network with minimal errors. Students will implement an enterprise-level of network and troubleshoot and test various networking services for the network.

Computer Forensics for the First Responder (CFFR)

Computer Forensics for the First Responder is a course that covers conceptual and pragmatic skills for the first responder for forensic investigation. All IT professionals with any security-related duties should be versed with rules of engaging in a forensic examination, including areas such as non-liturgical and liturgical forensic examination, abuse issues, intrusion management, profiling, and privacy issues.

Computing Security Architecture (CSA)

Computing Security Architecture is a course that examines the conceptual issues of security within a computing context. Logical designs and architecture are emphasized, putting conceptual design for security ahead of implementation. Security in areas such as physical design, access controls, and network infrastructure are discussed.

Data Communications and Networks (DCN)

Data Communications and Networks is a project-based course in which participants will learn how to configure data communications and networking utilizing Linux as a learning tool. DNS, NFS, DHCP and Samba are covered. Concepts covered include the OSI 7-layer model, encapsulation and decapsulation, routing, and the basic TCP/IP applications.

Desktop and Support Administration (DSA)

Desktop Support and Server Administration (DSA) is an introductory course to Microsoft network operating systems and environments. Participants will learn and implement the latest Network Operating System, set-up a domain based environment for a small business. Students will perform day-to-day networking tasks through various in-class and take home assignments. Topics include server and network installation, virtualization, server configuration, infrastructure services, active directory introduction, software policies and firewall configuration for a secure network experience.

Encryption, Public Key Infrastructure Architecture, and Administration (EPKI)

Encryption, Public Key Infrastructure Architecture, and Administration is a course of study that provides practical knowledge of encryption technology and how it is applied in various industries. Conceptual overviews of cryptographic algorithms, confidentiality, integrity, authentication, nonrepudiation, access control, and cryptographic standards and protocols are provided. Public key infrastructure (PKI) concepts including certificates, revocation, and trust models are examined with a hands-on project.

Enterprise Administration using Linux (EAUL)

The Enterprise Administration using Linux Project is a hands-on project based course. Students must have a basic-to-intermediate level of Linux and Windows experience in order to successfully complete this project. In real world cases, most of the back-end services are hosted on Unix/Linux servers along with Windows server operating systems. This course bridges the gap between the two industry standard operating systems and set-up a hybrid environment for a functional network.

Enterprise Messaging and Collaboration Services (EMCS)

Enterprise Messaging and Collaboration Services (EMCS) is a project based course of study that provides participants a detailed understanding of Microsoft Exchange and its role within an organization. In addition to Email administration, topics include high availability, security, and administrative best-practices.

Hands-on Network Exploits, Vulnerabilities, and Penetration Testing (NEVP)

Hands-on Network Exploits, Vulnerabilities, and Penetration Testing is a hands-on capstone type of course in which participants will examine integrated concepts in security. Most security threats are not born from single vulnerabilities, but rather from various weak-links in components of a complex system. In this course, participants will see how attacks can be multi-pronged, and stacked in-depth to achieve successful exploitation. Concentration will be on concepts including intrusion detection and monitoring, along with countermeasures and reconnaissance.

Industry Capstone Project (ICP)

The Industry Capstone Project course is not just another hands-on project course, but is designed for students to demonstrate what they have learned by implementing various systems analysis and design techniques, utilize DFDs (data flow diagrams), and ERDs (Entity relationship diagrams) to design the network. Moreover, students will set up an enterprise-level network with multiple locations using a hybrid networking environment, configuring and implementing various industry-standard practices on the model network. This course will the approach of starting from scratch to a full-fledged functional model network.

InfrastructureProject (IP)

Infrastructure Project is a hands-on project based course. While students are learning networking concepts in other related courses, this course will provide a hands-on implementation of those concepts. Infrastructure project will provide students opportunity to setup network infrastructure according to the industry standards. Students will learn how to design wired and wireless network infrastructure for business.

ITProject Management (ITPM)

This course will give students exposure to a variety of project management tools for evaluating which methodologies are applicable to different project types. The majority of this class will be executed in a series of guided discussions and workshop assignments.

Introduction to Networking – Orientation (INET)

INET is an orientation course. It is designed to cover networking fundamentals and other vital information to set-up a computer network. Participants gain an overview of the various topics for basic network administration, such as modern operating systems, network IP addressing, network models, virtualization, binary/decimal/hex number systems, and stand-alone vs network computers. Participants will also gain a basic understanding of networks, subnetworks, and Classless Inter Domain Routing.

ITIL Foundation (ITILF)

ITIL describes processes, procedures, tasks and checklists that are not organization-specific, but are used by an organization for establishing integration with the organization’s strategy, delivering value and maintaining a minimum level of competency. This course will explore these industry standards.

Linux Administration Project (LAP)

The Linux Administration Project is a hands-on project-based course. While students are learning networking and Linux Administration concepts in other related courses, this course will provide a hands-on implementation of those concepts. The Linux Administration Project will provide students with an opportunity to design and implement a model network using industry standard Linux distribution infrastructure. Students will create a hybrid network consists of Windows and Linux operating systems to share resources. Some other areas included are designing and implementing infrastructure services, basic network management, storage, and fault tolerance.

LinuxOperating Systems (LOS)

Linux Operating Systems is a project-based course that provides participants the knowledge and skills required to fully administer a single Unix-based server. Topics include fundamental Linux navigation as a user, installing and managing a Linux distribution, configuring and managing disks, file systems, users, groups and permissions, backups and restores (tar), installing software and packages, and shutting down and rebooting Linux.

Network Optimization and Monitoring (NOM)

Network Optimization and Monitoring is more strategic than the name implies. It involves watching for problems 24/7, but it’s also about optimizing data flow and access in a complex and changing environment. Tools and services are as numerous and varied as the environments they guard and analyze. This course will discuss various industry standard network monitoring and optimization tools such as Nagios, Cacti, and PRTGs.

Network and Scripting Essentials (NSE)

Network Scripting Essentials builds a foundation for systems programming. The specific language used is Windows shell scripting. In addition to serving as a great introductory computing language, Windows shell scripting serves a very practical purpose: assisting the automated administration of computer and network tasks. This course will provide you with some practical examples of Windows shell scripts designed to do something other than play games. This course covers scripting such as network disk drives, user management, disk defrag, network chatting, etc.

Networking with Cisco Technologies (NCT)

Networking with Cisco Technologies is a hands-on project based course on Cisco-specific networking topics. LANs, WANs, and VLANs are examined in the context of a typical commercial enterprise network constructed with Cisco IOS-based equipment. Configuration of routing protocols and network address translations will also be explored.

Professional Development Program

PD is a specially developed course to help our students navigate college and prepare them for today’s highly competitive job market.  It recognizes that employers today are looking for employees who not only have the technical skills but also an understanding of themselves and the ability to interact successfully with others. With CAT programs being accelerated we want to ensure each individual is prepared to enter the job market and to thrive in their place of employment. PD is meant to be practical to each student and what is learned can be directly applied to the real world. PD helps students to foster positive, healthy relationships – both personal and professional.  PD encourages students to make connections – in their school, and in their industry.  PD gives students the most up-to-date skills to find and secure a job and gives them the knowledge and tools to advance in their career.


Professional Development 1 (PD 1) – Success in College

Students will learn about: the college, time management, their personality type and personal strengths, goal setting techniques, values clarification, managing stress and job hunting tips.

Professional Development 2 (PD 2) – Success in Teams

Students will learn about: overcoming conflict, handling stress, assertive communication, group dynamics, negotiation and collaboration.

Professional Development 3 (PD 3) – Success in Networking

Students will learn about: information Interviews, social media such as LinkedIn, email and internet etiquette, mentorships, networking events, and fostering professional relationships.

Professional Development 4 (PD 4) – Success in Career

Students will learn about: cover letter and resume writing, interviewing skills, and advanced presentation skills (culminating in an extended presentation to industry panelists).

Virtualization and Cloud Computing (VCC)

Virtualization and Cloud Computing is a hands-on, project-based course that introduces students to the history and concepts of modern hardware virtualization. Students will take this knowledge and learn how to design, implement, and maintain a full virtualization environment using OpenStack, an open-source IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) cloud computing platform.

Virtualization Project (VP)

The Virtualization Project is a hands-on project-based course. While students are learning networking and administration concepts in other related courses such as Virtualization and Cloud Computing, this course will provide a hands on implementation of those concepts. The Virtualization Project will provide students with an opportunity to design and implement a modern cloud-based solution in a virtual environment.

Wireless Technology Networks (WTN)

Wireless Technology Networks is a course is designed to introduce wireless networking concepts and implement a secure and standard enterprise level wireless network. The CWNA certification is the foundation level enterprise Wi-Fi certification for the CWNP Program, and CWNA is required for your CWSP, CWAP, CWDP and CWNE certifications. Your CWNA certification will get you started in your wireless career by ensuring you have the skills to successfully survey, install, and administrate enterprise Wi-Fi networks.

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