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Cisco switches donated to IT and Networking class

November 15, 2015 | Filed in HFM Career & Technical Education, HFM Top Stories
CISCO switch

HFM BOCES student Jacob Pabis of Johnstown adjusts connections to a set of Cisco switches donated to the Computer Information Technology & Networking program by Annese & Associates, Inc.

pre-owned switches expands capacity for hands-on learning

NOV 9, 2015 – Students in HFM BOCES Computer Information Technology and Networking program will benefit from the generosity of a BOCES vendor. Brent Jones, Senior Account Manager for Annese & Associates, Inc. donated seven used CISCO network switches to the program for in-class project work.

“The switches had been removed from other commercial installations, but are still functional and perfect for our use in the classroom,” teacher Sean Mahon explained. “It’s a valuable donation for us and represents a substantial savings for the program.”

Annese & Associates, Inc. provides professional and managed networking services, and assisted HFM BOCES in setting up its building-wide wireless network.

Mahon said the IT class currently has 21 students in the afternoon session, and the donated switches allow more students to get hands-on experience at one time.

The Computer Information Technology & Networking program includes two courses: Information Technology (IT) Essentials and CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

The IT Essentials course is divided into two sections. The first covers core competencies in the latest hardware and software technologies, with emphasis on information security skills, safety and environmental issues and 21st Century Skills.

The second course is hands-on and lab-based. This section covers all the CompTIA A+ Practical Application objectives for the certification exam. Students who complete the course are prepared to take all exams necessary to achieve the CompTIA A+ certification.

Cisco switches and routers play an important role in the course curriculum. Students learn how to install, configure and optimize local and wide-area networks, as well as how to troubleshoot and secure the service.

The CompTIA A+ certification equips graduates for entry-level IT positions in companies, government agencies, educational institutions, or service providers as IT/technical support, field service technicians, help desk technicians, network support technicians, and more.

Computer Information Technology & Networking is one of 16 career and technical programs offered by HFM BOCES. For more information about any of these programs, contact Director Jay DeTraglia at (518) 736-4330.