CISCO Academy - Wayne Community College | Goldsboro, NC

CISCO Academy

CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA) / CISCO Networking Academy

Program Schedule
Semester 1 runs August – December (8/29/2022 – 12/19/2022)
Semester 2 runs January – April (TBD)
Semester 3 runs May – August (TBD)

Our CISCO CCNA program consists of four CISCO Academy Semesters that must be completed in order.

Note: It is suggested (but not required) that potential students have a basic knowledge of computers and computer networking to help ensure success in the CISCO Academy. An “Intro to Networking” or “A+ Certificate Preparation” course will lay a good foundation for your academy training.

Network2CCNA1 Introduction to Networks (CISCO Semester 1)

The first course in the CCNA curriculum introduces the architectures, models, protocols, and networking elements that connect users,
devices, applications and data through the internet and across modern computer networks – including IP addressing and Ethernet
fundamentals. By the end of the course, students can build simple local area networks (LANs) that integrate IP addressing schemes,
foundational network security, and perform basic configurations for routers and switches.  Upon completion of CCNA1 students learn the basics of routing, switching, and advanced technologies to prepare for the Cisco CCNA exam, networking-related degree programs, and entry-level networking careers.

There are no prerequisites for this offering. Learners are expected to have the following skills:
• High school reading level
• Basic computer literacy
• Basic PC operating system navigation skills
• Basic internet usage skills

CCNA2 Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials (CISCO Semester 2)

The second course in the CCNA curriculum focuses on switching technologies and router operations that support small-to-medium
business networks and includes wireless local area networks (WLANs) and security concepts. Students learn key switching and routing
concepts. They can perform basic network configuration and troubleshooting, identify and mitigate LAN security threats, and configure
and secure a basic WLAN.

Students are required to have successfully completed the Introduction to Networks (ITN) course prior to beginning the Switching,
Routing and Wireless Essentials (SRWE) course. Learners are also expected to have the following skills:
• High school reading level.
• Basic computer literacy
• Basic PC operating system navigation skills
• Basic internet usage skills

CCNA3 Enterprise Networking, Security and Automation (CISCO Semester 3)

The third course in the CCNAv7 curriculum describes the architectures and considerations related to designing, securing, operating,
and troubleshooting enterprise networks. This course covers wide area network (WAN) technologies and quality of service (QoS)
mechanisms used for secure remote access. ENSA also introduces software-defined networking, virtualization, and automation
concepts that support the digitalization of networks. Students gain skills to configure and troubleshoot enterprise networks, and learn to
identify and protect against cybersecurity threats. They are introduced to network management tools and learn key concepts of
software-defined networking, including controller-based architectures and how application programming interfaces (APIs) enable
network automation.

Students are required to have successfully completed both the Introduction to Networks (ITN) and the Switching, Routing and Wireless
Essentials (SRWE) courses prior to beginning this course. Learners are also expected to have the following skills:
• High school reading level.
• Basic computer literacy
• Basic PC operating system navigation skills
• Basic internet usage skills

CCNA Certification

The CCNA certification (Cisco Certified Network Associate) indicates a foundation in and apprentice knowledge of networking. CCNA certified professionals can install, configure, and operate LAN, WAN, and dial access services for small networks (100 nodes or fewer), including but not limited to use of these protocols: IP, IGRP, Serial, Frame Relay, IP RIP, VLANs.

Industry-Recognized Certifications

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) coursework prepares students for CCNA certification.

Credit for Prior Learning

Some CISCO Academy courses are transferable into credit in our Information Technology degree programs. Questions concerning Continuing Education credit should be directed to the Workforce Continuing Education Office of Admissions and Records or the Information Systems Technology department.

Credit for Prior Learning information.


Network Administration and Support is a concentration under the curriculum title of Information Systems. This curriculum prepares students to install and support networks and develops strong analytical skills and extensive computer knowledge.

Course work includes extensive hands-on experience with networks. Classes cover media types, topologies, and protocols with installation and support of hardware and software, troubleshooting network and computer problems, and administrative responsibilities. Elective choices provide the opportunity for specialization and individualization.

Graduates should qualify for positions such as: LAN/PC administrator, microcomputer support specialist, networks control operator, communications technician/analyst, network/computer consultant, and information systems specialist. Graduates should be prepared to sit for certification exams, which can result in industry-recognized credentials.

For more course information please contact Lisa Newkirk at or call (919) 739-6931. Visit the Cisco Networking Academy Page for program information.