Information Support Systems & Networking

A+ technician certification.

The technical support section will develop awareness of work opportunities for technically prepared individuals and, thus, help each student focus on directions for further training and meaningful work in the field. Included in the program are
some fabrication skills along with electro-mechanical troubleshooting and repair. Students will have practical knowledge of analog and digital electronics, as well as competencies with tools and test equipment.

The Cisco Networking Academy component provides students with a solid background in the field of data communications, which includes network design, routing and switching, and network maintenance and operation. Topics include the OSI model, internetworking devices, IP addressing, LAN media and topologies, structured cabling, PC hardware and software, patch cables, installation of structured cabling, cable management techniques, and the use of test equipment. In addition, students develop the critical skills needed to succeed in a changing economy – math, science, problem solving, reading, and writing. Additionally, instruction and training are provided in the proper care, maintenance, and use of networking software, tools and equipment, as well as all local, state, and federal safety, building, and environmental codes and regulations.

The Cisco Networking curriculum delivers Web-based content, online assessment, student performance tracking, hands-on labs, instructor training, and support. The program’s curriculum gives students in-demand Internet technology skills for designing, building, and maintaining networks. Combining instructor-led, online education with hands-on laboratory exercises, the curriculum enables students to apply what they learn in class while working on actual networks. The Cisco Networking Academy Curriculum™ prepares students for industry standard, as well as vendor neutral certification exams.

Assignments and projects will require students to draw upon and develop their academic skills (language arts, science, and mathematics.) The curriculum emphasizes hands-on work, both individual and as a member of a team. Theory and practice are combined in order to prepare individuals to be valued assets in the technically oriented workplace.

Course Objectives

– Using industry standards students will learn the following competencies:
– Integrated academics through project based learning
– Create a portfolio
– Recognize career pathway opportunities
– Interact safely in a shop environment
– Incorporate the use of industry standard technology and software
– Read, understand, and communicate in the language of the field
– Organize and research information
– Develop a professional appearance, exemplary work ethic and superior communication skills
– Develop customer relations
– Determine customers needs and process work orders
– Use technology to seek diagnostic techniques and repair procedures, parts information and labor rates

Instructors

Two Golds and a Silver

 

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Joshua Pierson from Easthampton in the Information Support Systems & Networking (ISSN) program won a Gold Medal in the Internetworking competition.

Wesley Welch from Ludlow in the Information Support Systems & Networking (ISSN) program won a Silver Medal in the Internetworking competition.

Benjamin Lind from Ludlow in the Information Support Systems & Networking (ISSN) program won a Gold Medal in the Information Technology Service competition.

 

 

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ISSN-1 Fall 2015

With 10th grade exploratory commencing, ISSN-1 now has 14 first year Full-time 10th grade students within the program. They are beginning their venture towards Cisco IT Essentials and CompTIA A+ certification via the curriculum and hands on labs within the program. Previously the program was limited to 12 students due to workstation availability.

The afternoon 10th grade students were able to help a recent widow the ability to access and recover her husband’s computer files (Family pictures) by resetting his password to allow her access to his account and files.
The first year 11th grade students just finished upgrading the ISSN-1 room from 10/100 Ethernet to 1000 (1 Gigabit) Ethernet connectivity within the classroom. This upgrade now enables the ISSN-1 students to perform Virtualization Operating Systems installations over the network from the file server to their virtual machine without using DVD or CD media. Thus saving costs in the long run. This upgrade also enables faster installation processes of applications stored on the server.
The ISSN program now has the capabilities and tools to copy old home made VHS tapes to MPEG videos that maybe also copied to DVD. This enables people to save their old home movies and archive them. Also along with archiving VHS tapes, ISSN-1 also now has the capability to convert old vinyl albums, records, and 45’s to MP3 files for archival purposes as well. This includes 78’s, 33’s, and 45’s.
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CTEC NEWS – September and October 2015 Information Support Services and Networking:

CTEC NEWS – September and October 2015 Information Support Services and Networking:

  • The new students have begun working on the first of many CISCO certifications (CISCO IT Essentials) they hope to achieve.
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Successful STEM Summer Program

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This is an email I received from Felicia.  She is the Director or the STEM Starter Academy for Springfield Technical Community College.  We had a number of our students attend from our ISSN/Cisco class this past summer!  I look forward to our 2016 class attending next summer.

Good day, Greg

It was great to meet you during our poster session for our second STEM Starter Academy summer bridge program at Springfield Technical Community College.
Thank you for recommending Timothy Bednarzyk, Dalton Drummond, Jesse Giroux-Buchanan, and Drew Hardy. They are such a talented group of students.  They impressed us a great deal while participating in our summer bridge.
I do hope that you inform students of STEM Starter Academy who you think might be interested in participating in the program for summer 2016.  Applications for the upcoming summer bridge program at STCC will be available for distribution later in the year.  If possible, I would also like to visit your school later in the academic year to meet with any interested students.
Thank you.
Felicia D. Griffin-Fennell, Ph.D.
Director, STEM Starter Academy
Springfield Technical Community College
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Two Students Begin Their COOP Internships

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Cameron Schmidt and Jared Mabel, both from Southwick have already begun internships as IT techs for their high school. More to come about this exciting development.

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Jacob Galarza volunteering at Agawam Public Library.

Jacob Galarza will be participating as a  technical aid in a volunteer opportunity Tuesday September 15 at Agawam Public Library.  More on this when he returns.

 

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Jacob Galarza gets an internship

Jacob Galarza is a junior in our Cisco program that dreams of being among the first to colonize Mars. But, on a more down to earth note, he has just landed an internship in his chosen field of computer networking.  Jacob has successfully completed his first A Plus test and is now just one test away from full A Plus certification.  He is a good student that wanted to get an early taste of the working world.  Jacob asked to be a candidate for internship and I’m excited he was chosen for this honor.  His internship is done after school hours, so he has plenty of time to hit the books and finish his computer and networking certifications.  Well done Jacob.

 

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Drew Hardy Hired

Drew Hardy, a senior who will be graduating this May, has been hired by a local technical support firm in Agawam.  Drew is currently training with them to do on-site technical support calls for their customer base.  This is an after school position that will grow into a full time job after he graduates.  Congratulations Drew.

 

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ISSN/Cisco – Our Latest COOP Student

Timothy Bednarzyk is one of our advanced senior students who has landed his first paying tech job.  He is working for an industrial instruments company writing the programs needed for testing.  He has his A Plus certification and will shortly be completing his Cisco Exploration ONE (Cisco Certified Network Associate) CCNA Certification. He has had a long time interest in programming and robotics and it looks like that has paid off well for him.  We wish him all the best with the start of his new career.

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Landon Cannizzaro takes the Gold at the March District Skills USA

Gold Medal Winner Relaxing on his Quad

Gold Medal Winner Relaxing on his Quad

Landon Cannizzaro is a Senior who will be graduating this May. This was his first Skills USA competition entry and he walked away with the gold medal. We are very proud of him and see a great future for him in the world of computer networking.

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