Our programs prepare you for jobs that employers are trying to fill — both locally and nationally. While many young people are finding it difficult to move forward with their careers, CTE graduates find themselves in demand.
What is Information Technology and Computer Networking?
Information technology is the development, maintenance, or use of systems -- especially computer systems, software, and networks -- for storing, retrieving, and sending information. Computer networking is the process of electronically linking two or more computing devices to exchange information through data connections.
Information technology and computer networking has changed the lifestyle of people all over the world:
With all of this exciting and fast-moving technology and communications capability, there is a downside -- hackers routinely try to break into personal and company files, information is stolen from computer networks, and the networks themselves can have technical problems or crash completely. As a result, trained computer networking specialists are being called upon more and more to protect individual, company and government information through constantly changing security processes.
Why Study Information Technology/Computer-Networking?
“5 reasons to study Networking Technology Now
Gary Coman, Cisco Corporate Affairs, The Huffington Post.
Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. A career that barely existed a generation ago has become one of the more high-profile jobs in the world today.
"The IT/Networking program has been all I could hope for and more. The unique hands-on learning environment lets you really understand what you are learning and allows you to be very comfortable when you enter the professional networking environment."
Nicholas Romanzo, Saratoga Springs City School
“…employers are looking for people who stand out and exceed expectations. They want people who think, and understand the 'why' rather than just the 'how', a skill that is developed through our courses."
Trent Delor, Schuylerville Central School
“I get to interact with innovative technology and challenge myself everyday. This program is exciting, innovating, and inspiring.”
Madeline Pepin, Hudson Falls Central School
Projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that employment in Computer Networking will continue to grow up to 8% between now and 2022. Approximately 42,000 new networking positions will be hired for across all types of industries in the U.S. and abroad.
The ever increasing use of network technology, combined with the complexity of that technology means that trained specialists will be walking into a growing field that promises to continue to provide challenges and demands for many years to come.
Hear directly from one of our IT Computer Networking program's industry partners, Cisco Systems, about the opportunities in the field.
This two-year program is based on the IT Essentials and CCNA Routing and Switching curricula provided by the Cisco Networking Academy. Skills involve assembling, disassembling, and repairing computers; troubleshooting hardware and software; designing, installing, and maintaining wired and wireless computer systems; configuring switches and routers; designing network infrastructure; troubleshooting network design and installation; customer service and technical support.
Topics covered in the Networking courses include: building, troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining a personal computer system; diagnosing and resolving problems with computer hardware and software; installing, configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting Microsoft Windows operating systems; configuring and troubleshooting IOS and Android mobile devices; designing, configuring, and maintaining a local area network; effectively utilizing a customer-oriented approach to resolving user problems. Students will learn how to: install and configure Cisco switches and routers in local and wide-area networks using various protocols; provide Level 1 troubleshooting service; improve network performance and security. Additional topics covered in the course emphasize the use of decision-making skill and problems-solving techniques to resolve device and networking issues.
The program enjoys strong ties with industry partners, resulting in a wide variety of internships and projects in the classroom and with partners on specialized assignments. Students complete the program with a comprehensive project involving technology purchase recommendations and network design.
Upon completion, a student is eligible to earn up to 28 college credits toward an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, and three industry-recognized CISCO and CompTIA certifications.
The Program exposes students to:
Check out the media attention the program has received:
BOCES preps kids for future careers, The Saratogian, 9/28/18