Polaris Career Center Computer Networking Academy
The Computer Networking Academy at Polaris Career Center offers the latest in technology and learning systems to prepare students for the high-wage, high-demand fields of computer networking, programming and cybersecurity. Computer Networking Academy students will have the opportunity to earn up to 24 college credits from Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) while preparing for valuable industry certifications from Cisco, CompTIA and Microsoft.
Students with strong math ability who receive instructor recommendation and successfully complete IT-1025 will be invited to participate in the Computer Networking Academy program at Polaris during their junior and senior years. With additional study, they will have the opportunity to earn industry certifications from CompTIA, Microsoft and Cisco.
Optional courses are designed to provide students with a strong information technology background are also available.
Upon successful completion of the Polaris program, students may seek employment, complete the remaining requirements to earn an associate degree at Tri-C or work toward a bachelor’s degree by transferring program credits from Tri-C to one of several four-year institutions.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees in the Information Technology field can expect to earn an average salary between $52,810 - $114,520, while employment in IT is expected to grow 13 percent through 2026.
|Grade Level||Course Detail||Course Number/Title||Credit Hours||Location|
|IT 1025: Information Technology Concepts for Programmers||3||
|IT-1090: Computer Applications||3||
|EET-1015: Introduction to Computer Maintenance and Repair||3||
|11th Grade||First Semeter 16-week course||ITNT 2300: Networking Fundamentals||3||Polaris|
|Second Semester 16-week course||ITNT 2370: Network Security Fundamentals||3||Polaris|
|Second Semester 16-week course||EET 1150: Introduction to Web Programming||3||Polaris|
|12th Grade||First Semester 16-week course||EET-1302: Cisco I - Basic Networking Technology||3||Polaris|
|Second Semester 16-week course||EET 1312: Cisco II - Basic Routing and Switching I||3||Polaris|
*These courses (IT-1025, IT-1090 and EET-1015) can be taken online or in person at any Tri-C campus location.
*Optional courses may be taken at any time.