Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
This certificate is aligned to the Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) certification, which is the foundation that networking careers are built upon. The CCNA certificate provides students with the knowledge and expertise to install and maintain network infrastructure devices.
Career-focused and certification-aligned program that includes a discount that can be applied toward the cost of the CCNA certification.
Students have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge through hands-on events like SkillsUSA and Cisco All-Academy Day.
Network Administrator, LAN Technician, Network Technician, Help Desk Technician, Bench Technician, and Technical Support Engineer
if Full Time
16 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
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One of the greatest rewards for us is that our former students are now in positions to hire our current students.Kim Hawthorne, CCNA, CCAI, Professor, Business, Legal & Information Systems
How Do I Get Into the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Program?
Start your computer networking career and become a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- Coding, math, and science classes are beneficial for a career in computer networking.
- Participation on robotics teams or in STEM clubs is encouraged.
What Can I Expect As a Cisco Certified Network Associate Student?
- Certification training for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) to develop networking skills.
- Graduates of the program can go on to earn the Cisco Certified Network Profession (CCNP) Certificate and the Cisco Networking Specialist Associate in Applied Science degree.
- Graduates of the program go to work at Cisco, Caterpillar, State Farm, RLI, ATS, Pearl Technologies, Pekin Insurance, OSF, UnityPoint Health, Rivian
- Graduates have transferred to Illinois State University, Western Governors University, Bradley University, University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois University, and Western Illinois University.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.