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CISCO Networking Academy: CCNA


CISCO Networking Academy: CCNA

Certificate of Specialization (CS)

Offered through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

@ Forest Park

The CISCO Networking Academy: CCNA program teaches comprehensive networking concepts, from CISCO network applications to the protocols and services provided to those applications by the lower layers of the network. Students will progress from basic networking to more complex enterprise and theoretical networking models later in the curriculum. In each course, students will learn technical concepts with the support of interactive media and apply this knowledge through a series of hands-on and simulated activities that reinforce learning. The courses serve as preparation to take the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT®) certification exam after completing the first two courses and the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA®) Routing and Switching certification exam after completing all four courses.

Required Courses

The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.

This Certificate Program is associated with the Network Engineering AAS Program.

Leader in the field

  • Experience and seasoned Cisco Networking Academy: CCNA
  • Cisco Partner
  • Cisco Support Center (ASC) to other regional Cisco Networking Academies
  • Cisco Instructor Training Center (ITC)

Experienced partner of Cisco Networking Academy®, which provides for:

  • Continuous curriculum updates that parallel real-world job requirements in technology
  • Introduction of new courses and certifications through Cisco
  • Instructors who maintain credentials to teach the curriculum
  • Laboratory equipment updates
  • Certification training emphasizing hands-on skills
  • Cisco curriculum aligns with CCENT
  • Cisco curriculum aligns with CCNA
  • Cisco curriculum aligns with A+ certification
  • Cisco curriculum aligns with Security+

For more than 20 years, STLCC has offered high quality Cisco Networking Academy courses for a cost far less than proprietary schools. This certificate consists of four (4) courses that can be completed in 2 or 3 semesters.

Important qualities of a Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Analytical skills. Administrators need to evaluate networks and systems to make sure that they perform
    reliably and to anticipate new requirements as customers’ needs change.
  • Communication skills. Administrators must describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.
  • Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.
  • Problem-solving skills. Administrators must quickly resolve problems that arise with computer networks.


More than 6,000 students have attended STLCC - Forest Park Cisco Networking Academy. Cisco Networking Academy is more than IT skills training; it's a community whose members are the students, educators, and business leaders shaping the future. Cisco Networking Academy partners closely with educational institutions and instructors to develop and deliver a curriculum that gives students the digital, problem-solving, and entrepreneurial skills they need to get a job, earn a promotion, or start a business of their own.

Faculty and Staff

Cisco Networking Academy located at STLCC - Forest Park has certified Instructors to offer an excellence learning experience to our students.

Professor Abdelouahab Amor is a member of our full-time faculty and is our Lead Cisco Instructor as well as our Academy Support Center (ASC) Lead Advisor to other Academies under our Support umbrella.

Professor Gustav Adamecz is a full-time faculty as well as Lead Instructor for our Instructor Training Center (ITC) that trains new Instructors to offer Cisco Networking Academy courses across the region/nation.

Instructor William Hocker is our newest full-time faculty offering the full range of Cisco Networking Academy CCNA courses.

Our certified adjunct faculty allow us to offer a full range of Cisco Networking Academy curriculum to our students.

Employment Outlook

Graduates of this program are not limited to employment in technology fields. Entry- level employment opportunities are available with a wide variety of employers since small and large companies are dependent on computer networks in today’s economy. Students can find entry-level employment in business, health fields, education, non-profits, etc.

Affordable Education

As college costs continue to rise, St. Louis Community College continues to keep a high-quality college education within reach. It costs nearly 70 percent less per year to attend STLCC than other public universities in Missouri, and that figure is based on tuition alone. When you factor in additional four-year college expenses like room and board, the value of an education from STLCC becomes even clearer.

Cost of Attendance

For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES.

Program Career and Salary Information

Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at https://scorecard.mo.gov/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest.

The following limitations to the data apply - Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

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Hours for all campuses: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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