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MCC to Offer CISCO Certification Coursework in Fall 2018 Semester

[Wednesday, May 23, 2018]

McHenry County College is partnering with Cisco Systems, Inc. in a joint venture to offer classes relating to the design, setup, configuration, and maintenance of computer networks beginning this fall semester.

MCC received a MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program grant for $20,000 from the American Association of Community Colleges to offer the Cisco Academy, design a Cisco Networking certificate and to re-design the Network Security degree. The grant enables the college to redesign the Network degree as well as course development; recruit women and minorities into the program; engage industry for internships, field experiences and career advising/placement; and pursue dual enrollment agreements with the K-12 community. The college also purchased new equipment and provided additional training for instructors.

As a member of the Cisco Networking Academy, MCC is offering coursework that prepares students for industry standard certifications including Network+, CCNA and CCNA Security. Jobs that students can apply for after completing this certificate include: Network Administrator, Network Specialist, Network Engineer, Network Security Specialist and Network Security Administrator.

The first two classes offered this fall, Cisco Certification Prep 1 (NET 170) and Cisco Certification Prep 2 (NET 171), will prepare students for the Cisco CCNA certification test. The certification can be earned in as early as two semesters.

“I think it’s great to be able to offer Cisco classes, because it widens the options for students and gives them an opportunity to be more competitive and to pursue high-paying jobs in that field,” said MCC Computer Networking Instructor Stephen Mujeye, Ph.D.

The MCC Cisco Academy Program is more affordable for students compared to other Cisco training centers, Mujeye added, saving students up to $2,000.

For more information, contact Stephen Mujeye, Ph.D., at (815) 455-8544 or at


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