2020-2021 Catalog

Networking (Certificate)

Program Advisor: John Osthoff

413-236-4616 • josthoff@berkshirecc.edu

The Networking Certificate Option of the Computer Information Systems program of study is designed to provide a foundation set of skills to begin a successful career in computer networking. The coursework will introduce the student to skills used throughout the Information Technology (IT) field, but will culminate with obtaining competencies oriented to becoming an entry-level technician. This program can lead to industry certification (CCENT) and is the gateway to achieve higher level computer networking certifications or academic degrees. Graduates will also have 26 credits toward the Computer Information Systems—Networking Option A.S. Degree.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Apply fundamental concepts of programming languages and software development to solve a diverse array of problems and recognize these concepts in different languages;
  • Depending on the elective track:
    • Analyze business problems through data analysis;
    • Create viable solutions through the use of technology;
    • Apply computer and networking methods, procedures and principles, and use equipment and software for the purpose of installing, troubleshooting and maintaining LANs (local area networks);
  • Communicate clearly, accurately and succinctly through written and verbal means; and
  • Transition into the Computer Information Systems A.S. degree program with either the networking or science option.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a certificate in this program, a student must complete all program credits, plus the following Additional Requirements.

Program Courses

CIS-102Fundamental Computer Literacy

4

CIS-110IT Essentials

4

CIS-124C++ Programming I

4

CIS-155Web Development

3

CIS-180Introduction to Networks

4

CIS-181Switching, Routing, & Wireless Essentials

4

ENG-English Composition/Writing

3

Total Credit Hours:26

Additional Requirements

Demonstrated college-level skills in reading & writing Minimum Cumulative Average

Overall 2.000
Program requirements 2.000

Suggested Pathway to Graduation

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in one year. The actual time to complete the program may vary according to each student’s individual needs.

First Semester

CIS-102Fundamental Computer Literacy

4

CIS-124C++ Programming I

4

CIS-110IT Essentials

4

Total Credit Hours:12

Second Semester

CIS-155Web Development

3

CIS-180Introduction to Networks

4

CIS-181Switching, Routing, & Wireless Essentials

4

ENG-English Composition/Writing

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Gainful Employment Disclosure 2019

Below you'll find program costs, student loan debt, graduation rates, and jobs associated with this program.

Program Name: Computer Information Systems - Networking Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in: one (1) year.

Costs for this program if completed within normal timeframe:

  • $5,938 in-state tuition and fees
  • $6,276 New England/New York resident tuition and fees
  • $12,022 out-of-state tuition and fees
  • $1,300 estimated books and supplies
  • $1,664 estimated transportation

There may be additional costs to consider such as reduced income if you will be cutting back on work hours, child care, room, board, and general living expenses while enrolled.

Loan debt of the typical graduate of this program: As fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time, median indebtedness is being withheld to preserve their confidentiality.  

Program meets licensure requirements in Massachusetts.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions, please see: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Note

A minimum of three CIS courses must be taken in the five years prior to receiving the certificate.