Why choose Computer Networking at PPCC?

Amazon. Craigslist. Facebook. Uber. Nearly every aspect of today's modern society is reliant upon a dependable network and efficient computer hardware. Individuals with a deep understanding and working knowledge of such technologies are indispensable. In choosing a career in Computer Networking, you are choosing to help shape society's future. This program also offers various specialized certificate programs to meet your needs.

What will I study?

The Computer Networking program provides students with the practical skills that employers are seeking in the fields of Computer Networking and Information Technology. Student will:

  • Understand and be current in operating systems
  • Gain knowledge of strategic planning
  • Learn how information is ordered
  • Build deductive reasoning

Example Classes I Might Take

Introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet.
Introduces students to current technologies. Special focus on ensuring students become technologically competent and computer literate. Emphasis is placed on technology fundamentals and terminology through the evaluation of hardware and software. Provides students with a working knowledge of operating system use, file management and security. Introduces the internet as a research and communication tool. Application software is covered to ensure the fundamental computer skills for personal, academic and business use are obtained.
Delivers a comprehensive overview of network security, including general security concepts. Communication Security is studied, including remote access, e-mail, the Web, directory and file transfer, and wireless data. Common network attacks are introduced. Cryptography basics are incorporated, and operational/organizational security is discussed as it relates to physical security, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Computer forensics is introduced.

Is Computer Networking Right for You?

You should consider a career in computer networking if you identify with some of the following:

  • Always want to work with new technology?
  • Enjoy figuring out how technology works while solving puzzles?
  • Like to think outside the box to find uses for technology in a field that promises new adventures every day?
  • Enjoy tinkering with computers in your spare time?
  • Always fixing your friend's computer problems?
  • Others think you are a "computer wizard?"

If so, a career in Computer Networking might be for you!

Computer Networking Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze, design, install, configure, document, and troubleshoot network & system hardware and operating systems
  2. Implement LANs using both static and dynamic addressing techniques, including sub-netting
  3. Identify risks, assess threats, and develop effective countermeasures aimed at protecting computer assets and data
  4. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, using proper computer system & networking terminology
  5. Work as an effective member of a team

Cyber Defense Center

Pikes Peak Community College is expanding Cyber Security education and working with local and national partners to make PPCC a National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence for 2 year schools (CAEY2).

Learn more about our emerging programs and efforts on the PPCC Cyber Defense Center homepage.

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