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Computer Networking and Systems (CNS)

Computer Networking and Systems (CNS)

Corporate and nonprofit businesses alike rely heavily on computer networks and systems to connect employees and customers. These systems increase productivity and improve security, allowing people across the country and around the world to share data and resources quickly and effectively. Those individuals with the necessary skills to design, implement, maintain, manage, and secure computer networks and systems will enjoy strong job prospects.

Oakton courses provide knowledge and techniques necessary to design, configure, install, and secure Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs). Courses include networking essentials as well as "vendor specific" training to help prepare students for industry recognized certification examinations.

Oakton offers an associate in applied science (AAS) degree in computer networking and systems. Courses include preparation for industry standard certification in the following areas: Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT), Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA), CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ and more.  Oakton also offers certificates in Network Administration that prepare students for jobs in the networking field. The Network Security Specialist and Network Security Administrator certificates train students to identify and secure Computer Networks and Systems from unauthorized activities in Windows, Cisco, and Linux systems in various settings.

As an approved member of the Microsoft IT Academy and the Cisco Networking Academy, Oakton uses Official Microsoft Learning Products and Official Cisco Curriculum course materials.  Classes meet in state-of-the-art computer labs that offer the latest in networking technology.

For further information or questions about the CNS discipline, contact Reza Dai, Chairman, at 847.376.7778.


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In spite of having a bachelor’s degree, Anita Taylor ’86 wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She found her niche at Oakton.

 

IMPORTANT DATES


September 7
Labor Day holiday. College closed.

September 20
Last day to withdraw from 16-week courses and have course dropped from record.

September 21
Last day to change to audit for 16-week courses.

October 4
Incomplete (I) grades from summer 2015 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

October 9
Last day for filing Graduation Petitions.

October 25
Last day to withdraw with a "W" from 16-week courses; Students will receive a grade in all courses in which they are enrolled after October 25.

November 11
Veterans Day holiday. College closed.

November 18
Registration opens for spring 2016 semester.

November 26, 27
Thanksgiving Recess. College closed.

November 28, 29
Thanksgiving Recess. No classes, College open. (Most offices closed.)


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