What route for teenager interested in networking?
My son is in high school and is starting to think about college...
He is currently enrolled in a Cisco Academy and wants to continue in
the area of networking. I want him to get a 4 year degree. What sort
of programs should we look at?
Ssome schools offer degree plans that include IT certifications (and
even number CCNA/CCNP among the credentials available as part of such
plans) as part of a computer science, MIS, or IT degree. If your son
wants to stick with Cisco, you might want to contact Cisco Education
and see if they can tell you which four-year degree plans or institutions
also offer Cisco training as part of their programs. I see an increasing
number of institutions doing this kind of thing, but haven't yet found
a clearinghouse on-line for this kind of information. It's been kind of
a "by hook or by crook" discovery process for me. I'm reasonably sure
that the University of Phoenix, the University of Maryland, and Southern
Methodist University (SMU) all offer degree plans that include IT
certifications, but I don't know if those institutions include Cisco
certs as part of their programs (though they do for a fact include
Microsoft and Novell certs).
Good luck in your search. Please share the results with me, and I'll
be happy to share them with the rest of our readership.
This was first published in March 2002