School and Ranking Information
Most of the schools in the San Bernardino area with programs related to networking are 2-year community colleges. Among them, the following school is the top choice in the area for studying networking, based on its rankings:
- Winner : Chaffey College is a public 2-year educational institution. It was named as one of the top twenty community colleges in the nation by RateMyProfessors.com in 2013. The school offers a number of different certificate programs, some of which focus on networking technology from different vendors.
School Info Chart
|Rankings||#18th in Top Community Colleges in 2013*|
|Location||San Bernardino, CA|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$1,153 (in-state), $6,145 (out-of-state)**|
|Networking Degrees Offered||1 Year Certificate, 1-2 Year Certificate**|
|Networking Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||78**|
|Most Popular Networking Degree Level in 2013||1 Year Certificate**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||21%**|
|Noteworthy||Networking certificate programs are designed to help students gain a foothold in the computing industry|
Sources: *Chaffey College, **NCES College Navigator
- Some of the computer information systems courses can be accessed entirely online
- College helps students transfer to 4-year institutions after gaining a certificate
- Certificate programs are also open to non-CIS majors
Chaffey College's computer information science department features a curriculum that prepares students to earn certification related to networking, such as the Cisco Certified Network Professionals and Network Administrators, Cisco Certified Network Associates and Microsoft Network Specialists. These prep programs take the form of academic certificates.
The Microsoft Network Specialist (MCSA) Certificate prepares students to take the Microsoft certification exams in this area. Students learn about the software associated with the network server, along with managing the environment and administrating the infrastructure of the network.
The Certificate in Network Administrator (Network+) program begins with a basic hands-on course where students learn to install and trouble-shoot computer networks. Students then take courses in microcomputer hardware and network security administration. The program is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to pass the Server+ and Comp TIA Network+ exams administered by Cisco.
The Preparation Certificate for Cisco Certified Network Associate and Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician Exams is a 4-unit standardized program covering levels I-IV. It readies students to take Cisco's CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician) and CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) exams. Students must take the levels in order. After completing level IV, students are qualified to take the Cisco CCNA examination. After completing units I and II, students may take the CCENT exam. Students with CCENT certification are qualified for entry-level positions in network support.
The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) exam preparation certificate, covering levels V-VIII, follows the same format as the CCNA program. Students learn about route optimization, device hardening, redundancy technologies, rogue devices, traffic classification, congestion management, authentication and encryption. These four levels (taken in any sequence) prepare the student to take the exam to be a Cisco Certified Network Professional.