Cisco Prepares Students for Entry-Level IT Positions
Posted by Rubel Khan on April 15, 2010
Cisco has updated IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software, its foundational course, to prepare students for entry-level positions in the Information Technology across different industries.
The updated curriculum includes the fundamentals of PC computer technology, security and troubleshooting, networking, and provides an introduction to advanced technology concepts. The curriculum was designed for Cisco (News – Alert) Networking Academy students in technical schools, high schools, colleges and universities.
A hands-on, career-oriented e-learning course, IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software focuses on practical experience to aid Networking Academy students in improving their fundamental computer skills and career skills. In addition to being made for students interested in IT careers or students looking for practical knowledge on how computers work, a learning pathway to the Cisco CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration curricula is also offered by this course.
Those who complete the course can describe a computer’s internal components, install an operating system, put a computer system together and troubleshoot problems by utilizing system tools and diagnostic software. They will also be able to share resources in a network and connect devices to the internet.
Other topics included in the course are wireless connectivity and basic implementation skills, laptops and portable devices, network security, voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), applied network configurations, communication skills, safety and environmental issues, and troubleshooting techniques.
Virtual learning tools as well as hands-on laboratory activities are also incorporated into the curriculum. Stand-alone tools such as the Virtual Desktop and Virtual Laptop allow students to disassemble and reassemble desktop and laptops virtually. These tools which offer an interactive hands-on experience are supplementary to classroom learning.
IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software, being a CompTIA (News – Alert) Authorized Quality Curriculum, assists students in getting ready for the CompTIA A+ 2009 Edition certification. This certification focuses on the PC troubleshooting application and networking skills.
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.