Workforce Development Offers Intro to Networks

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – April 18, 2014) - - - Columbia State Community College’s Center for Workforce Development is offering an “Introduction to Networks” class at the Williamson County campus Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 22 – May 22.

The class introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components and models of the internet and other computer networks, using the OSI and TCP layered models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link and physical layers.

The principles and structures of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media and operations are introduced in order to provide a foundation for the curriculum. Labs will use a "model internet" to allow students to analyze real data without affecting production networks. Packet Tracer activities help students analyze protocol and network operations and build small networks in a simulated environment.

By the end of the course, students will be able to build simple LAN topologies by applying basic principles of cabling, performing basic configurations of network devices such as routers and switches, and implementing IP addressing schemes.

For meeting times, pricing, additional information, and to register for these or other continuing education courses through Columbia State’s Center for Workforce Development, call (931) 540-2659 or visit http://registration.xenegrade.com/columbiastate. Columbia State’s Williamson County campus is in Franklin, located at 104 Claude Yates Drive.

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, one of the largest higher education systems in the nation. For more information, please visit www.columbiastate.edu.

Tennessee’s Community Colleges is a system of 13 colleges offering a high-quality, affordable, convenient and personal education to prepare students to achieve their educational and career goals in two years or less. We offer associate degree and certificate programs, workforce development programs and transfer pathways to four-year degrees. For more information, please visit us online at tncommunitycolleges.org.

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