Short-Term Vocational

http://www.miracosta.edu/instruction/continuingeducation/shorttermvocational.html

Noncredit Short-Term Vocational Instruction

The goal of adult education in California is to provide citizens of every age and educational level the opportunity to develop civic responsibility, a realization of the human potential, effective human relationships, and economic self-sufficiency. This broad goal forms the basis for the courses and programs MiraCosta College offers in each of the authorized categories of tuition-free noncredit instruction, including Short-Term Vocational.

Noncredit Short-Term Vocational instruction includes computer application and Cisco Networking Academy courses that prepare students for information and communications technology (ICT) employment and industry certifications. Specific information about the academy and other short-term vocational education opportunities is available on the Short-Term Vocational webpage. 

 

Contact Information

Chair: Steve Wezniak

Dean: Kate Alder

http://www.miracosta.edu/instruction/continuingeducation/shorttermvocational.html

Department: Short-Term Vocational

Office: Community Learning Center, 1831 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92058, 760.795.8710

Certificates

Certificate of Completion

Entry Cisco

This entry-level certificate prepares students for jobs as network, help desk, and support technicians. The curriculum provides a basic overview of routing and switching, addressing, and security. It also familiarizes students with servers that provide email services, web space, and authenticated access. Students learn about the soft skills required for help desk and customer service positions as they prepare for the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) exam.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Upon completion of this program students will have the skills to assemble, cable and configure a basic network. The student will have the knowledge required to obtain Cisco CCENT certification.
Required courses: 
NCVOC 11Computer Networking Basics4.5
NCVOC 13Intermediate Routing and Switching5.5
Total Hours10

Certificate of Completion

Entry Word Processing

This certificate prepares students for basic word processing as might be used in an office setting. The curriculum discusses the use of basic formatting tools and features of word processing software to create various documents, such as business letters, resumes, and beginning desktop publishing. Students explore the many shortcuts and document formatting tools of word processing, including templates, tables, and importing information from other applications.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Upon completion of this program, students will have the basic word processing skills needed to work in an office. Students will know word processing shortcuts, document formatting, templates, tables and be able to import information from other applications.
Required courses: 
NCVOC 31Basic Word Processing1.50
NCVOC 32 Intermediate Word Processing1.50
Total Hours3

Certificate of Completion

Intermediate Cisco

This intermediate-level certificate prepares students for jobs as network engineers and support technicians in medium-sized networks. The curriculum describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in complex networks. Students learn to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP in both IPV4 and IPV6 networks. The curriculum discusses WLANs, WAN technologies, and VPN operations and provides preparation for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Upon completion of this program, students will have the skills to assemble, cable and configure a moderately complex network. The student will have the knowledge required to obtain Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification.​
Required courses: 
NCVOC 11Computer Networking Basics4.5
NCVOC 12Routing and Switching Basics5.5
NCVOC 13Intermediate Routing and Switching4.5
NCVOC 14Connecting Networks4.50
Total Hours19

Certificate of Completion

Intermediate Cisco Security

This program prepares students for the Cisco CCNA Security certification exam. CCNA Security certification is a significant achievement and an important industry certification.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Upon successful completion of this program, students will be prepared to sit for the Cisco CCNA Security industry certification exam.
Required courses: 
NCVOC 11Computer Networking Basics4.5
NCVOC 12Routing and Switching Basics5.5
NCVOC 60Securing the Network6
Total Hours16

Short-Term Vocational Courses

NCVOC 10: IT Basics

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

This course introduces the computer hardware and software skills needed to help meet the growing demand for entry-level information and communications technology (ICT) professionals. Topics include the fundamentals of computer hardware and software as well as advanced concepts such as security, networking, and the responsibilities of and ICT professional. This course prepares students for CompTIA's A+ certification exam. The course is also a pathway to Cisco program courses.

NCVOC 11: Computer Networking Basics

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course provides a hands-on introduction to networking and the Internet using tools and hardware commonly found in home and small business environments. It teaches students the skills needed to obtain entry-level networking jobs. Students develop some of the skills needed to become computer and network technicians, cable installers, and help desk technicians. This is the first in a two-course sequence that prepares students for the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) exam.

NCVOC 12: Routing and Switching Basics

Prerequisites: NCVOC11 or equivalent to ensure students have the knowledge and skills required to succeed in NCVOC12. CCENT or higher Cisco certification, current or expired.
Lecture 4 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course prepares students for jobs as network, help desk, and support technicians. The course provides a basic overview of routing and switching, addressing, and security. It also familiarizes students with servers that provide email services, web space, and authenticated access. The course prepares students for the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) exam. The course also covers network monitoring and basic troubleshooting skills in context.

NCVOC 13: Intermediate Routing and Switching

Prerequisites: NCVOC12 or CCENT or higher Cisco Certification to ensure students have the knowledge and skills that are necessary for success.
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall or Spring

This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in larger and more complex networks. Students learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of this course, students are able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Students also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement a WLAN in a small-to-medium network.

NCVOC 14: Connecting Networks

Prerequisites: NCVOC12 or CCENT or higher Cisco certification to ensure students have the knowledge and skills that are necessary for success.
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall or Spring

This course discusses wide area network (WAN) technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course enables students to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Students also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network.

NCVOC 31: Basic Word Processing

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course introduces students to word processing using basic formatting tools and features of word processing software to create various documents, such as business letters, flyers, and beginning desktop publishing.

NCVOC 32: Intermediate Word Processing

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

In this sequel to Basic Word Processing, students explore the many shortcuts and document formatting tools of word processing, including mail merge, templates, tables, and importing information from other applications.

NCVOC 35: Internet, Intermediate

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course introduces students to Internet usage skills and safety considerations. Students learn to locate webpages, search for information, bookmark favorite locations, set up/manage an email account and homepage, and develop an awareness of online etiquette, ethics, software update processes, and cautionary issues within the Internet environment.

NCVOC 37: Beginning Presentation Software

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course introduces students to PowerPoint. Students develop an understanding of how to create an effective PowerPoint presentation. The course emphasizes developing a presentation that includes title slide, table of contents, sound, animation, graphics, and transitions.

NCVOC 38: Computer Basics/Keyboarding

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course introduces students to the Windows environment as well as to computer terminology, hardware, and software. Students use the Internet utilizing a web browser and conduct basic searches using a variety of search engines. Students also learn fundamental keyboarding skills, including Home Row keyboarding skills, in order to develop some level of speed and accuracy using typing programs (local or online).

NCVOC 39: Beginning Spreadsheets

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course introduces students to spreadsheets and the ability to create, format, and modify data using formulas and graph tools to create professional looking business worksheets or reports that can be updated efficiently.

NCVOC 42: Introduction to Architecture

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 2 hours.
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

This course provides students with an introduction to the field of architecture. Students learn about the courses, certifications, and programs in architecture at MiraCosta College as they are introduced to career pathways in the field. This noncredit course allows students to learn about options and pathways before embarking on a credit course of study.

NCVOC 43: Introduction to Career Education

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

This noncredit course provides students with an overview of pathways to high demand, high wage careers. Students explore career education courses, certificates, and degree programs at MiraCosta College that will enhance their career opportunities and/or transfer to four-year college and university programs in their career pathways.

NCVOC 50: Basic Auto Tune Up

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course covers the basic theory and operation of the internal combustion engine, including carburation, fuel injection, and ignition systems. It also introduces students to the fundamentals of emissions and emission controls as well as minor diagnoses and repair. The course emphasizes safety and the proper use of automotive testing equipment and hand tools and includes the inspection, maintenance, and minor servicing of the brake system and tires. At the end of this course, students will be able to perform an oil change, tune-up, and basic service on their own vehicles.

NCVOC 60: Securing the Network

Prerequisites: Completion of NCVOC12 or equivalent, or CCENT or equivalent certification.
Lecture 4 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring

This course aims to develop an in-depth understanding of network security principles as well as the tools and techniques available. The course covers protocol sniffers/analyzers, TCP/IP and common desktop utilities, Cisco IOS software, and VPN clients. The course prepares students for Cisco CCNA Security certification.

Workforce Preparation Courses

NCWFP 11: Essential Computer Skills 1

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

In this course, students develop essential computer and information technology skills for workplace and educational success. They develop some proficiency in using word processing software; access, evaluate, and utilize information resources using the Internet and Web browsers; and get familiar with a course management system. Previous experience using computers is recommended.

NCWFP 21: Employability Skills

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course provides students with fundamental job exploration and workplace readiness skills. It prepares students for successful employment by engaging them in job exploration and job-seeking, workplace, and life skills. This noncredit course is designed to support the educational program for persons seeking employment.

NCWFP 70: Job Readiness for Workplace Success

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course is designed for students who are entering or re-entering the workforce, who need workforce-related professional development, or who have an interest in maintaining meaningful employment. The course emphasizes workplace diversity and essential skills for searching and finding a new job or for keeping and succeeding in a current job.