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Katy Independent School District

Network Engineering

  • Network Engineering

‚ÄčInformation Technology Career Cluster

Program of Study: Networking Systems

8655V Cisco Network Engineering I (one credit-taken concurrently 

with Network Engineering I Lab) Grades: 11-12

8675V Network Engineering I Lab (one credit-taken concurrently w/ Network Engineering I) Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Algebra II or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II

This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, and components of computer networks. Students learn to build and maintain basic networks using enterprise level routers and switches. We will dive deep into the OSI model to learn fundamental network operation concepts. Higher level configuration concepts are also covered, such as virtual LANs, routing, subnetting, NAT, and DHCP.

8656V Cisco Network Engineering II (one credit-taken concurrently with Network Engineering II Lab) Grade: 12

8675V Cisco Network Engineering II Lab (one credit-taken concurrently with Network Engineering II) Grade: 12

Prerequisite: Network Engineering I and Lab

This course focuses on advanced concepts used to scale networks to the enterprise level. It covers advanced routing and switching concepts, wireless essentials, and network security and automation. It is designed to prepare students to sit for the CCNA certification exam. After completion, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Cisco Academy.

Why take Network Engineering and what type of experience will students gain?

This class is designed to prepare students for entry level work in network engineering. It lays the foundation for not only networking, but also IT specialties such as Cyber Security. Students learn how to build and maintain the enterprise level networks that companies large and small rely on. The knowledge and experience gained in this class can lead to an early start to a career in IT.

What types of jobs can you do in the Networking Technologies industry?

  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Administrator
  • IT Manager, Director, Chief Information Officer, etc.
  • Specialties: Security, Cloud Computing, Data Center, CyberOps, et.

Can you earn a certification while taking Network Engineering courses at MCTC?

Yes! Students are trained for one of the most sought-after certifications in IT, the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification (CCNA). There are more adult IT professionals training for the CCNA than any other IT certification. It is in high demand, it proves you have professional level skills, and getting certified is one way you can potentially begin working in IT more quickly post-secondary.

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