What is Computer Networking?

The Computer Networking program is an instructional program that focuses on the design, implementation, and management of linked systems of computers and peripherals. The study of computer repair, networking, and the internet and intranet systems. This program is based on the Cisco Networking Academy Curriculum. Cisco is one of the leading hardware manufacturers of Network equipment and offers one of the most vigorous certification programs. The curriculum is compliant with the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications requirements. Students will be prepared to take: A+, Network +, Security +, and CCNA Certifications.  Completion of the program may lead to industry certification in multiple areas and post-secondary credits at a number of local institutions.  Computer technology is one of the fastest growing occupations in the State and Nationally according to the US Department of Labor.


For more information on the opportunities available through this program, please refer to the "College Credits" and "Industry Certifications" links to the left. Watch this video to find out what a CPAVTS education means for you! 


Is it for You?

Much of the work performed by professionals in this field is repetitive and routine-based. Additionally, students seeking to apply for this program should like working with computers and solving problems. Employees in this field usually work full time (five days, forty hours a week), though some overtime may be required in certain situations. The workplace typically consists of a mixture of independent and cooperative work, usually in cool, air-conditioned spaces; depending on the type of work, some interaction with the general public may be required. Additionally, successful students will possess the following skills:

  • Manual dexterity.
  • A logical mind to be able to analyze problems.
  • Ability to concentrate on tasks at hand.
  • Good eyesight, either naturally or with correction.
  • Above average math skills
  • Clerical speed and accuracy.

For more information on this program's objectives, please visit the "Task List" link to the left.


Program Objectives 

  1. Complete PA Dept. of Ed. POS (Program of Study)
  2. Complete NOCTI Competencies
  3. Obtain Industry Certifications (A+, Network+, Security+, CCNA)
  4. Earn College in the High School (CHS) Credits Through HACC
  5. Complete Internship (3-Week Minimum)
  6. Complete Employability Skills Training

Level 1 

Certification: CompTIA A+ (220-801 and 220-802)

  • PC Hardware (40%)
  • Networking (27%)
  • Laptops (11%)
  • Printers (11%)
  • Operational Procedures (11%)


  • 100s: Personal and Environmental Safety
  • 200s: Computer Hardware
  • 300s: Troubleshooting, Repair, and Maintenance
  • 400s: Operating Systems and Software
  • 500s: Network Technologies

Level 2

Certification: CompTIA Network+ (N10-005)

  • Network Concepts (21%)
  • Network Installation and Configuration (23%)
  • Network Media and Topologies (17%)
  • Network Management (20%)
  • Network Security (19%)


  • 500s: Network Technologies
  • 600s: Network Media and Topologies
  • 700s: Network Devices
  • 800s: Network Management
  • 900s: Network Tools and Troubleshooting
  • 1000s: Security Fundamentals

Internship (3-Day Minimum)

Employability Skills Training

Level 3 

Certification: CompTIA Security+ (SYO-201)

  • Systems Security
  • Network Infrastructure
  • Access Control
  • Assessment and Audits
  • Cryptography
  • Organization Security

OPTION 1: CCNA (200-120) Certification

  • Operation of IP Data Networks
  • LAN Switching Technologies
  • IP Addressing
  • IP Routing Technologies
  • IP Services
  • Network Device Security
  • Troubleshooting
  • WAN Technologies






































What's Next?

Potential Career Pathways 

* Salaries listed are PA state averages taken from www.onetonline.com and are accurate as of 2020.

Information Security Analyst ($101,390)

Network & Computer Systems Admin. ($80,250)

Computer Network Architect ($98,220)

Computer Network Support Specialist ($53,530)

Web Developer ($72,190)

...and many more

Post-Secondary Studies

*Many employment options in this field require additional study.

HACC: Computer Networking Technology

Thaddeus Stevens: Computer & Network Systems Administration

Temple: Computer & Systems Security