Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Cisco Networking Academy program at Chabot College?

A: The four-course CCNA Discovery program prepares students for entry-level careers in the computer networking field. Based on a partnership between Chabot College and Cisco Systems, Inc., the program provides training on fundamental principles and practices of computer network design, implementation, and operation.

Q: What is the difference between the "Discovery" and "Exploring" Cisco CCNA programs?

A: The Discovery series offered at Chabot is intended for students that desire a general working knowledge and skills for networking, for example, someone who works to install and/or maintain computers and networks as part of his/her job duties. The Exploring series, offered at Las Positas, is a more rigorous program intended for students either already working or looking for a position with a company that provides networking services or products.

Q: What courses are required to complete the program?

A: The four required courses are offered by the Computer Applications Systems Department:
- Cisco Networking Academy 1, Networking for Home and Small Businesses (3 units; CAS 92A)
- Cisco Networking Academy 2, Networking for Small-to-Medium Businesses (3 units; CAS 92B)
- Cisco Networking Academy 3, Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise (3 units; CAS 92C)
- Cisco Networking Academy 4, Designing and Supporting Computer Networks (3 units; CAS 92D)

Q: How long will it take to complete the program?

A: Each course is 8 weeks long, so you may complete all four courses sequentially in two semesters. It is not possible to take two or more courses at the same time.

Q: Will the courses be offered in the evening?

A: Starting in the Spring of 2009, all CCNA Discovery courses will be offered in the evening only.

Q: Will the program accept students who transfer from another Cisco Networking Academy?

A: Transfers may enroll if they:

  1. meet all Chabot College entrance and registration requirements;
  2. have successfully completed the prerequisite course at an accredited college;
  3. can demonstrate successful completion of the prerequisite course, as evidenced by student records on the Cisco Networking Academy database, maintained by Cisco Systems. To satisfy the College's prerequisite checking process, prospective transfers must obtain written permission from their instructor, who will look up the student's records on the Cisco Systems database.

Note: Chabot College courses contain content beyond the Cisco standard curriculum. In order to be successful, transfers may need to devote extra time to "making up" any missed skills or content.

Q: Does the program certify its graduates?

A: Students who complete Chabot's course sequence will be prepared to sit for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam, which is administered commercially by Prometric or Vue under guidelines established by Cisco Systems. However, please note that the program is not focused exclusively on CCNA exam preparation; instead, it provides broad preparation for careers in computer networking.

Q: Is the training exclusively dedicated to Cisco equipment? How much of the program is focused on proprietary technologies?

A: Although much of the lab equipment is from Cisco Systems, the majority of the curriculum addresses non-proprietary technologies and general principles that are applicable to a wide range of computer networks.

Q: What careers are program graduates prepared to enter?

A: Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions in computer network planning, installation, and operational support. Information technology industry trends indicate that employment opportunities for trained network professionals are outstanding. Economic success in the high technology industry has resulted in sharply increased demand, and the October 1998 State of California Final Report: Information Technology Staff Recruitment and Retention showed that positions in "Data Network Infrastructure" were among the most difficult to recruit and retain, ranking 5th and 12th respectively among 25 computing technology skill areas.

Q: Are program graduates prepared to enter advanced training?

A: Yes. CCNA certification satisfies the prerequisites for entry into the advanced Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) training program that has recently been implemented at a small number of training sites.

Q: Are there prerequisites for entry into Chabot's program?

A: No, there are no formal prerequisites. Chabot College will follow Cisco Networking Academy Guidelines, which state that the curriculum assumes no prior student knowledge of computers or networks. Nevertheless, it would be unusual for a student with absolutely no computer experience to develop an informed career interest in this field, and we expect most students will enter with certain basic skills, including the ability to perform basic keyboarding functions; perform basic operation of a desktop computer running the Windows operating system; operate a web browser proficiently; read and interpret coordinate graphs; understand powers of two; know and follow basic laboratory safety rules; handle and use basic tools safely; follow directions; and work effectively in a team.

Q: There are many Cisco Networking Academies. Does Chabot's program offer anything special?

A: The Chabot Academy offers:

Q: What does the program cost?

A: Chabot College offers the Cisco Networking Academy program as regular fee classes, currently billed at $20 per unit. Costs for the Semester 1 class will be $60.