Best IT certifications for 2017


So Many Certifications…So Little Time

Over the past year, the Networking and Security Professors in the CIS department (primarily myself, Professor Rozema, and Dr. Pavlov who joined us last semester), have been pushing hard for GRCC students to get certified in their field. We began seeing students take their certification exams and PASS in Winter 2016. During the summer, a few more gave it a try. And PASSED. And in Fall 2016, more students than ever PASSED a certification. But what cert is best for you? Many factors ride on that decision and any three of us would be happy to mentor you in helping to focus your studies.

The CIS department at GRCC, has the following networking/security certifications courses:

  1. CIS 135 Micro Operating Systems MTA Certification 70-680
  2. CIS 177 EC Council Certified Ethical Hacking I 312-50
  3. CIS 277 EC Council Certified Ethical Hacking II 312-50
  4. CIS 178 Comptia Security+ Sy0-401
  5. CIS 132  Comptia Linux+ Certification LX0-103
  6. CIS 232 Comptia Linux+ Certification LX0-104 (both exams needed for Linux+)
  7. CIS 233 Comptia Network+ N10-006
  8. CIS 234 Microsoft Windows Server I MCSA Certification 70-410
  9. CIS 235 Microsoft Windows Server II MCSA Certification 70-411 (2 of 3 required exams for MCSA)
  10. CIS 265 Comptia A+ 220-901
  11. CIS 266 Comptia A+ 220-902 (both exams needed for A+ certification)
  12. CIS 175 Cisco CCNA I
  13. CIS 176 Cisco CCNA II (ICND1 100-105)
  14. CIS 271 Cisco CCNA III
  15. CIS 272 Cisco CCNA IV (ICND2 200-105) (both exams needed for CCNA Routing and Switching certification)
  16. CIS 273 Implementing Cisco Security 640-554 IINS

(note: we have other certification courses such as database and web design too)

So, which one to focus on this semester? Email your academic adviser and we can talk.

Code 147 Network Administration: Professor Vander Meer at

Code 150 Pre-Information Security: Professor Rozema at

A+, Security+, and Microsoft Operating Systems questions: Professor Pavlov at

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