CiscoOrganizations around the world are experiencing a shortage of qualified candidates to fill a growing number of networking positions in virtually every industry. Computer Networking is a fast-growing, high- tech field that is  to continuous growth. Educational institutions, businesses and industrial concerns increasingly seek highly talented people to install, configure and connect computer and related equipment and to manage these networked connections.

Cisco® Networking Academy® is an innovative global education initiative that delivers information and communication technology skills to help meet this growing demand while improving career and educational opportunities for students around the world.

The Information Studies Department at Chicago State University was approved as a Local CISCO Networking Academy by CISCO Systems, Inc. in 2001. Since 2002, the department has offered computer networking courses. While the academy is housed in the College of Education, the curriculum is designed for both teachers and for those who wish to pursue careers in business and industry.

The computer networking curriculum is comprised of a sequence of four courses. Upon completion of the four-course sequence, trainees qualify to sit for the CISCO Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) examination.

CCNA certification denotes a foundation in, and apprentice knowledge of networking. CCNA certified professionals install, configure, and operate local area networks, wide area networks, and dial access services for small networks.

Internship Possibilities

Internship and cooperative education opportunities are made for students on an individualized basis.


All academy curriculum is available online and also supported by intensive hands-on exercises using hardware and simulation tools.

Offered Programs

  • CCNA:The first industry recognized certificate in networking.

  • Wireless LAN Fundamentals: This course focuses on the design, installation, configuration, operation, and troubleshooting of 802.11a, 802.11b, and 80211g wireless LANs. A comprehensive overview of wire‐ less technologies, devices, security, design, and best practices with a particular emphasis on real world applications and skills is covered.

  • Informatics Essentials CompTIA A+ Prep: Provides you with skills necessary for computer technicians and entry‐level IT; prepares for the CompTIA A+ exam.

Academy Curriculum


Course Description


TPS 4070/TPS 5070

Informatics Essentials: Key concepts on managing and maintain computers; technical skills; prepares students to take the A+ Certification.

Prerequisite: None


TPS 4510/TPS 5510

Network Fundamentals: Key fundamental networking concepts and technologies.

Prerequisite: None


TPS 4520/TPS 5520

Network Configuration II: Routing Protocols and Concepts. This course is to develop an understanding of how a router learns about remote net- works and determines the best path to those networks. This course includes both static routing and dynamic routing proto-cols.

Prerequisite: TPS 4510/ TPS 5510


TPS 4530/TPS 5530

Network Practicum I: LAN Switching and Wireless. The goal is to develop an under- standing of how switches are interconnected and configured to provide network access to LAN users. This course also teaches how to integrate wire- less devices into a LAN.

Prerequisite: TPS 4520/ TPS 5520

Summer I

TPS 4540/TPS 5540

Network practicum II: Accessing the WAN. This course describes key WAN technology concepts. Also, teaches you how to select the appropriate WAN technology to meet different enterprise business requirements.

Prerequisite: TPS 4530/ TPS 5530

Summer II

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Phone: 773-995-2598 or 773-821-2441