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Help in choosing a school

Mon May 28, 2012 7:06 pm

Well, ive currently been accepted into two schools for "computer networking" for next fall. Now Im trying to decide between the two, I dont know which one is better for me.

I was hoping that some people here could take a look at the class list and tell me which is the best option?

Heres school #1:


First Year
Semester One
NTEN 111 - Computer Components and Peripherals
NTEN 113 - Voice and Data Communications Infrastructure
CMNS 113 - Technical Communication for Information Technology
NTEN 117 - Networks and Telecommunications I
COSC 111 - Computer Programming I
MATH 137 - Mathematics for Electronic Engineering Technology I
Semester Two
CMNS 123 - Analysis and Reporting for Information Technology
NTEN 126 - Basic Digital Circuits and Microprocessors
NTEN 127 - Local Area Network Management
NTEN 137 - Routing and Switching I
MATH 149 - Mathematics for Network and Telecommunications Technology
One elective (3 credits)
Extended Semester (3 weeks)
NTEN 116 -
NTEN 199 - Topics in Internetworking
Second Year
Semester Three
NTEN 207 - Enterprise Telecommunications
NTEN 216 - Data Communications
NTEN 217 - Routing and Switching II
NTEN 219 - Linux Server Management
Two electives (6 credits)
Semester Four
NTEN 225 - Internetwork Security I
NTEN 227 - Carrier Telecommunications
NTEN 299 - Network Project
BUAD 231 - Project Management Training in an Information Technology Environment
Two electives (6 credits)


And here is school #2:
Semester 1
CNET 101 CISCO Network Associate 1
CNET 102 CISCO Network Associate 2
CNET 106 A+ Cisco IT Essentials 1
COAP 101 Microsoft Windows 2008 Server
COAP 105 Server+
COAP 118 Microsoft Windows 7
COMM 127 Industry Communications

Semester 2
CNET 100 Network+ Basics
CNET 103 CISCO Network Associate 3
CNET 104 CISCO Network Associate 4
CNET 108 IP Telephony Call Manager Express
CNET 110 Green IT
COAP 102 Microsoft Windows 2008 Network
COAP 104 Security+
COAP 119 Microsoft Active Directory Configuration
COOS 101 LINUX+


Any advice is greatly appreciated. School #1 is definitely a nice place to live.

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Re: Help in choosing a school

Tue May 29, 2012 7:33 am

school 2 sounds like you get a CCNA and some MS under your belt.
school 1 sounds more interesting to me, provides a much greater variety of information. without the CCNA and MS crap,
you don't need to go to a two year school for a CCNA and comptia cert. you can do that on your own.
my preference would be school #1
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Re: Help in choosing a school

Tue May 29, 2012 7:57 am

Whichever would transfer credits easier. If you are in the U.S., be wary of tech schools like ITT tech. A friend of mine went there for Computer aided drafting and went to get his 4 year degree in civil engineering later in life and was told he would pretty much have to start from scratch.

If it's a 2 year degree, community college is usually the best answer.

As far as the choices, you're probably going to want something that just scratches the surface of everything to give you the most flexibility when you're looking for a job. Specialized knowledge comes from certs and experience. That being said, I'm with ristau. #1 between the two of them.

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Re: Help in choosing a school

Tue May 29, 2012 8:11 am

One does sound better and has a wide array of exposure. Just keep in mind that you get out of education what you put in. It doesn’t matter how good the teacher is or the depth of information a class goes into. If you dont put in the effort you will not learn anything.

I did get a bachelors degree from ITT Tech and was very disappointed in the quality of the material and the effort of the teachers in pushing the class. I can go on for days on all the issues me and several buddies had with them but ultimately we decided to push ourselves as far as we wanted in each subject and get out what we wanted. This almost always meant going way above and beyond but we gained a ton of exposure and pretty quickly started landing good jobs. Unfortunately I graduated with several classmates who couldn’t even tell me what IP tables were after getting a BS degree in Information Security!

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Re: Help in choosing a school

Tue May 29, 2012 2:08 pm

Awesome thanks for the advice guys. Im not in the states, im in canada. #1 is in Kelowna, BC. So that would definitely be the better place to live.

Thanks again :thankyou:

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Re: Help in choosing a school

Tue May 29, 2012 2:46 pm

konovoloff wrote:Awesome thanks for the advice guys. Im not in the states, im in canada. #1 is in Kelowna, BC. So that would definitely be the better place to live.

Thanks again :thankyou:



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Re: Help in choosing a school

Wed May 30, 2012 7:57 am

School #2 is clearly a Cisco Networking Academy and of course I would recommend that.

Check out the the big picture stuff here -
htttp://cisco.netacad.net
and actual course offerings here -
http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/netac ... index.html

And its 2 semesters (not 2 years) to cover off A+, CCNA, possibly CCNA-Voice, and some MS stuff. Then in second year they may offer CCNA-Security and CCNP. You'll get the school diploma/degree plus be ready for the various cert exams. Do well in CNET 104 CISCO Network Associate 4 and you'll qualify for a 50% discount off the CCNA cert exam.

Doing CCNA and other cert study on your own while also studying the college course will not be easy despite what others may say.

That said school #1 could also be a Networking Academy but they may have a no-vendor advertising policy (some universities are like that) - check here http://cisco.netacad.net/cnams/locators/LocatorMain.jsp to locate academeis near you.

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Re: Help in choosing a school

Thu May 31, 2012 2:10 pm

Find out whichever has the nicest labs :D

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Re: Help in choosing a school

Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:40 am

School #1 (Okanagan College in Kelowna, BC) is indeed affiliated with Cisco Networking Academy.

It is a terrific program - the instructors are excellent, and the labs are well appointed.

After the first year, you could ace the CCENT, CompTia A+, and MCSA Server 2012 and MCSA Windows 7.

After the second year, you could ace the CCNA and have a hundred hours experience on the gear.

It is also one of the few schools that teaches telephony as well.

I am currently halfway through the second semester, and I am extremely happy!

I realize that this thread is quite old...

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