man plugging cable in to a rack of Cisco switches.

CISCO Network Security Certificate

This CISCO Network Security Certificate provides students with all the skills needed to implement, configure, manage and troubleshoot cutting-edge networking technologies. 

The Cisco Network Associate certificate program provides the foundational knowledge needed to prepare for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam as well as other Cisco certifications and professional exams: Cisco Certified Technician (CCT), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP).

Pathways to other programs

This certificate is earned upon the completion of the three stackable Information & Communication Technology (ICT) certificates. Students may enroll in the fourth semester Cyber Security Specialist to earn all four ICT certificates.

  1. Computer Support Certificate
  2. Computer Technician
  3. Network Security Certificate
  4. CISCO Network Security Certificate


Admission requirements

The CISCO Network Security Certificate is an open-enrollment program, meaning there are no criteria students must meet to be admitted. Students who are interested in enrolling in this program should complete our steps to enroll, which includes completing the free application for admission.

We encourage all prospective students to visit campus. We have several Explore Sandburg open houses throughout the year, or you can schedule a campus visit at your convenience.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. For more information, contact the Title IX Coordinator at 309.341.5258 or the ADA/504 coordinator at 309.341.5262.

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Sample course schedule for the CISCO Network Security Certificate program

View the sample Schedule for the CISCO Network Security Certificate

This certificate is earned upon the completion of the three ICT certificates: Computer Support Certificate, Computer Technician and Network Security Certificate.


Program format

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) courses are available online or in a multiple-modality format. Multiple-modality courses provide students with the option to sit in a traditional classroom, attend online or attend a scheduled class using Microsoft Teams.

Class formats

Sandburg offers courses in a variety of formats to best fit the needs of our students. 

Regardless of the course format, you should have access to a reliable computer with broadband (high-speed) internet. All courses use online resources and require students to access course information through mySandburg. Accessing courses through a phone is discouraged. Both campuses have open computer labs for student use.

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CISCO Network Security Certificate cost sheet


To apply for financial aid, visit our   financial aid page  for more information.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) helps job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to see if you qualify for financial support. 

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Meet the instructors

Dr. Suvineetha Herath, Ph.D.
Information and Communication Technology Instructor

Andrea Jenkins
Information and Communication Technology Adjunct Instructor

Cynthia Johnson
Information and Communication Technology Adjunct Instructor

Linda Lee
Information and Communication Technology Adjunct Instructor

Jena Linkin
Information and Communication Technology Adjunct Instructor


Department of Career and Technical Education
2400 Tom L Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401



Sandburg Tech Squad

The Sandburg Tech Squad's mission is to actively participate and promote knowledge and skills within the information communication technology field throughout our club activities. Members work to become leaders and set examples for the community as professionals in valuing our lifelong learning process while helping and providing services to the whole campus community.

Advisor: Dr. Suvineetha Herath: 309.341.5269 |

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Please reference the Carl Sandburg College Academic Catalog for additional information.