With the addition of new telepresence classes, College of the Redwoods students in Del Norte can now earn a Certificate of Recognition as a Network Technician without traveling to the main Eureka Campus.
The telepresence lab offers interactive, two-way streaming audio and video instruction between the main campus in Eureka and Del Norte, allowing students from both locations to join in class together with one instructor.
The Certificate of Recognition, Cisco Networking and Microsoft Server Administration is a 12-credit certificate that includes the recommended preparation class Computer Repair and Maintenance, which is taught face-to-face by Del Norte instructors, and two telepresence classes, Computer Network Fundamentals and System and Network Administration.
Students who complete this certificate will be well prepared for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam, as well as the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) exam. These certifications are highly respected in the field and place students in a good position for employment.
As CIS professor and telepresence instructor Dan Calderwood notes, “When hiring, employers look for industry certifications because they indicate both a willingness to work hard and the attainment of a skill set applicable to the local and regional IT sector. Students who have industry certifications on their resumes have a distinct edge over other applicants.”
Del Norte students who wish to continue their education can move on to a Certificate of Achievement in CIS Networking through in-person, online and telepresence courses. For more information on the program, contact the College of the Redwoods Del Norte counseling office at 707- 465-2300.