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BCC's Networking program offers students options in Certificate and Degree Programs.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professionals are in short supply. Networking Career photoBerkshire Community College's networking program helps students prepare for ICT careers. The curriculum provides comprehensive coverage of networking topics, while providing opportunities for hands-on practical experience and career skills development. The program is aligned with the globally recognized Cisco CCENT® and CCNA® certifications.

The Networking Certificate is a first step in a Networking Career. By starting in the Networking Certificate Program students can attain the skills needed to enter the  workforce.The credits earned in the certificate program apply to the Associate's Degree, Computer Information Systems - Networking Option.

This two-step approach allows students to get their training, enter the workforce and continue their education, allowing them to pursue higher paying jobs with greater responsibility. 

  • Check out the opportunities and requirements of our Networking Certificate program here
  • Check out the opportunities and requirements of our Networking Degree program here.
  • Students can continue on to a 4-year degree program to qualify for advanced positions in networking. Talk to an advisor for more information.

Program Advisor: John Osthoff

Berkshire Community College is a Cisco Networking Academy™    cisco logo

BCC offers CCNA® Routing and Switching Curriculum and CCNA® Security Course. Upon completion of the Networking Certificate, students are prepared to take the Cisco CCENT® ICND1 certification exam. Upon Completion of the Networking Associate's degree students are prepared to take the CCNA® Routing and Switching certification exam.

For more information on the Cisco Networking Academy™, click here.

 Suggested Networking pathway

 This lists shows the suggested pathway to earn the Associate's Degree in Networking in four semesters. Courses that are also required to earn the Networking Certificate are show in BOLD in the diagram below.

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  1. Fundamentals of Computer Literacy
  2. C++ Programming I
  3. IT Essentials
  4. English Composition/Writing
  5. Math (Mat-102 or higher)

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  1. Introduction to Networks
  2. Routing & Switching Essentials
  3. C++ Programming II
  4. English (Report/Technical Writing)
  5. Humanities/Fine Arts

**  prepared to take CCENT® ICND1 Certification Exam

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  1. Web Development
  2. Computer Science I with Java
  3. Scaling Networks
  4. Connecting Networks

**  prepared to take CCNA® Routing & Switching Certification Exam

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  1. Network Security
  2. Free Elective
  3. Communications
  4. Elementary Statistics
  5. Behavioral & Social Science
Local Employers
  • Ascentek
  • Berkshire Health Systems
  • CompuWorks
  • General Dynamics
  • Guardian Life Insurance
  • Mad Macs
  • Banks
  • School Districts/Colleges
  • Manufacturers
Contact

Contact our College & Career Navigator for more information:

Shelly Armstrong
413-236-1639
sarmstrong@berkshirecc.edu