Computer and communication networks with the perks of a bachelor degree and college training


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This article highlights the specific aspects of Centennial College’s Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences - Computer and Communication Networks that make it appealing as a Bachelor offering taken at college level.

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Computer and communication networks with the perks of a bachelor degree and college training

  1. 1. Computer and Communication Networks with the Perks of a Bachelor Degree and College Training With today’s shifting educational landscape, there is a blurring of lines in terms of how programs are taught. For example, some Canadian colleges are now offering Bachelor degree offerings in a number of areas. These are four-year degree programs that come with the added perks — namely practical training and smaller sized classes — of studying at college level. Centennial College’s computer networking training is one of these four-year, college-level Bachelor programs. Known officially as Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences - Computer and Communication Networks, it was designed to meet an industry demand for professionals who are adept in networking. In fact, Centennial College was selected by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to deliver the program and is the only institution in Ontario to offer a bachelor’s degree program in Computer and Communication Networks. Completed in eight semesters, the offering balances each business communications course that it offers with a technology course so that students graduate with the practical and the theoretical backgrounds for which employers are looking. Thanks to the thorough training, which also includes the opportunity for specialization in network security or wireless systems, students can launch careers as technical account or business account managers, IT project managers, network or security analysts, project management analysts, network administrators or network support. For the practical aspects of the offering, students work in classrooms at Progress Campus that have been outfitted with everything that they need to master all the areas they study. These laboratories offer VoIP, cellular networks, wireless broadband (WiMax), advanced routing and switching as well as network management. The work in the labs is great practice not only for post- graduate possibilities but also for another preparatory aspect of the program: a co-op work term during the summer between second and third year. This co-op option is a chance for students to test out their knowledge prior to graduation while learning more about the industry and expanding their network. Meanwhile among the specific courses that students attend during their four years at Centennial College are: Computer Architecture, Website Design and Development, Financial Analysis, LAN Switching and Routing, Communication Technology, Wireless Networks, Voice Systems & Services, Quantitative Research Methods, Enterprise Network Design, Networking: Advanced Troubleshooting. Once they complete their Computer Networking Training, Centennial College grads have the know-how to fulfill position that include network support, network administrator, project management analyst, IT program manager, technical account manager, business account manager and network analyst.