TSTC students receive 100% passing rate on industry certification test

TSTC students receive 100% passing rate on industry certification test
The School Yard
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 1:26pm

(Marshall) Texas State Technical College Marshall Information Technology students received a 100% pass rate on their CCNA Industry Certification Test. The Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching certification is a second (associate) level Cisco Career certification. CCNA Routing and Switching certification validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-sized routed and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sides in a Wide Area Network.

Fifteen students took the test and all fifteen passed the industry certification exam.

According to Rick Phillips, Cyber Security Instructor, “(students gaining the certification) means their resume rises to the top of the stack because employers know the intelligence and determination required to get the certification.”

Additionally, holding the certification means that students can demand a better starting salary.
“It is a valuable certification for our students,” added Phillips.

Randy Haley, Information Technology Division Director added that the TSTC IT Studies program added four things to help TSTC students pass the certification. “We added prerequisites before students could take the Cisco course. We built our own classes and labs and teach the skills, rather than teach to the test. Finally, The Cisco instructor also holds a CCNA.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, starting pay rates for Information Security Analysts $50,430 per year in the State of Texas. For Computer Network Support Specialists, starting pay rates in Texas are $35,330 per year.

Texas State Technical College is the only college in the state of Texas to receive state funding based on placing our students in jobs upon graduation. If you are interested in getting started in your Information Technology career, please contact TSTC Marshall at (903) 935-1010 or visit our website at www.tstc.edu.


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