The Computing, Electronics, and Networking Technology program’s mission is to serve the community as a learning-centered, open door program that provides technical training to meet the demands of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry and the needs of the individual. The program is designed to provide the student with a mixture of knowledge and hands-on training with an emphasis on preparing students for entry-level employment in the ICT industry.
The Honolulu Community College CENT program has established an articulation with the University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu that includes the option of a Bachelor of Applied Science in CENT or the option of a Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Security and Assurance (ISA). There is also an articulation leading to a Bachelor of Arts in System Administration with Hawaiʻi Pacific University. Students who complete either the Associate of Science degree or the Advanced Professional Certificate in CENT may apply to transfer to these institutions to complete a baccalaureate degree in these programs. Students may be concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science programs at UH West O?ahu and the CENT AS or APC program at Honolulu CC. The CENT program counselor at Honolulu CC and the counselors at these institutions can provide more detailed information about courses specifically required or recommended for these programs.
Information Assurance Courseware Certification
The Committee on National Security Systems and the National Security Agency have certified that both the University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu and Honolulu Community College offer a set of courseware that has been reviewed by national level Information Assurance Subject Matter Experts and determined to meet National Training Standards for Information Systems Security Professionals NSTISSI 4011, and CNSS 4012 for academic years 2013-2018. Honolulu Community College has also been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence - 2 Year for training in Information Assurance.
Associate In Science (AS) Degree
The Associate in Science (AS) Degree in the Computing, Electronics, and Networking Technology program is a five semester course of study that prepares the student for entry-level employment in the field of Information and Communications Technology. Core classes are designed to give students a firm foundation in the basics of computers, networking, system administration and information security. The AS Degree also provides options for a Certificate of Achievement in Networking and Telecommunications and a Certificate of Achievement Information Assurance.
Elective courses allow students to further specialize in a field of study. Students are required to participate in an internship or cooperative education experience before completing the program. Certain CENT courses also prepare the student to take the following Information and Communications Technology industry certification exams: Computer Technician A+, Cisco Certified Network Associate, Microsoft Certified Professional, Security+, Linux+, and VMware Certified Professional. The CENT program is a Cisco Academy, a CompTIA Training Center, a Microsoft Regional Academy, and a VMware Academy.
Certificate of Achievement in Information Assurance
Courses selected for this certificate, meet the two year core knowledge unit requirements for a college to become recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education Two-Year (CAE2Y). This program, which is sponsored by the NSA and DHS, recognizes colleges which have met their standard of academic excellence in Information Assurance education. Honolulu Community College is currently recognized as a CAE2Y.
Certificate of Achievement in Networking and Telecommunications
Courses within this certificate provide the student with a solid foundation in networking and telecommunications. This certificate is built upon industry standards and provides support for the following industry certifications: A+, Security +, Linux +, CCNA
Advanced Professional Certificate (APC) in CENT
The Advanced Professional Certificate in CENT is designed to provide the student with advanced technical training in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) with a core emphasis on Information Assurance. This program also features training in the soft technical skills required to become an ICT professional. The student will have the opportunity to pursue advanced industry certifications.
Associate in Science:
- Placement in ENG 100
- "C" or higher in MATH 25 OR Placement in MATH 103 or MATH 135 or Higher
- ICS 100 or ICS 101
Advanced Professional Certificate (APC):
Graduation from the Associate of Science Program in CENT or a Program in Information Technology that included equivalent course work in Basic Networking (such as CENT 140, 240), Network Operating Systems (such as CENT 270), UNIX (such as CENT 253 or CENT 228), Introduction to Databases (such as CENT 280), Introduction to Computer Science (such as ICS 111) and MATH 103 or MATH 135 or Higher.
Degrees That Can Be Earned
- Associate in Science (AS)
- Certificate of Achievememnt (CA)
- Advanced Professional Certificate (APC) in CENT
- Bachelor of Applied Science in CENT or Information Security and Assurance (ISA) from UH West Oʻahu
Cost of Textbooks/Supplies
- Tuition based on total credits taken.
- Books/Supplies approximately $1,000- $2,000 for entire program.
- It is recommended that students have their own computers and have access to the internet.
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Upon successful completion of the CENT program, students will be able to:
- Apply current industry standards, protocols, and techniques; and keep up with evolving technology to maintain professional proficiency.
- Identify, analyze and improvise solutions to resolve problems using a systematic method.
- Use appropriate industry tools and testing equipment to analyze, troubleshoot, and install systems.
- Install, configure, operate, and maintain systems.
- Apply current standards for safety and security.
- Communicate clearly and effectively through written reports and oral presentations.
- Work effectively, independently, and interdependently, in diverse situations involving stress, teams, co-workers, customers, vendors, organizational partners and supervisors.
- Demonstrate professionalism and integrity in supporting the mission of the organization.
Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.
Apply fundamentals of networking, mathematics, and computer programming to manage computer software and hardware.
- Read textbooks and handouts.
- Replicate procedures and input commands in proper sequence.
- Use programming language and syntax.
- Explain the operation of computer components.
- Describe a computer operating system.
- Design network addressing schemes.
- Assemble and configure networks.
- Describe the operation of wireless electronic communication systems.
- Analyze a computer or network system for vulnerabilities.
Assess computer software and hardware for proper functioning.
- Recognize command line input/output and computer codes.
- Scan physical spaces including rooms and ceilings to set up computers and lay wiring.
- Judge distance and space relationships of objects.
- Examine computer/network hardware.
- Observe and replicate teacher-demonstrated procedures.
Possess sufficient mobility and dexterity to do computer installations, wiring, and repairs.
- Manually lay computer lines.
- Lift and transport equipment and materials as necessary.
- Execute computer commands.
- Operate necessary tools and equipment.
- Remove and replace failed components and small parts.
- Position and maneuver in confined spaces.
- Work at varying heights.
Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.
- Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
- Express information coherently.
- Document work accurately.
Behave appropriately in both self-directed and cooperative learning environments.
- Work independently with minimal supervision.
- Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
- Follow through with responsibilities.
- Work diligently and put in necessary time to complete tasks.
- Persist on difficult tasks.
- Exercise good judgment.
- Maintain positive attitude and work ethic during internship.
Function safely in a networking computer center environment.
- Work for prolonged periods amidst: Electrical equipment, Dust and heat, Variations in lighting
What part of computers does this program focus on?
It will teach you to connect computers and databases together; to design, install and support a computer system and to maintain and service network hardware and software. You will not learn how to be a computer programmer although we do offer a few classes in programming, which are not required but can be used as an elective.
Will I be able to get certified for CISCO, A+ and Microsoft after completing your program?
Yes. The core courses for the program will prepare you to take the industry exams. However, you will have to pay separately to take those exams since they are not required for your course work.
Can I transfer these credits to earn a Bachelors Degree?
Yes. After completing your AS degree from Honolulu CC, you can transfer to UH West Oahu and earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computing, Electronics and Networking Technologies or a Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Security Assurance. You can also earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Systems Administrations at Hawaii Pacific University. Both Bachelor degrees require that a minimum of 30 credits be completed at that campus.
Can I get credits toward my degree if I have CISCO, A+ Certification or other industry certifications?
Yes. Please see the program counselor and you may be able to get credits for the CENT program.
Are there any classes offered in the evening or through distance education?
No- not at this time. All classes are offered on campus during the day.
Are all of the classes taught in lecture format?
No. Most of the classes include lab so there is a lot of hands-on instruction. Some classes may also be offered as hybrid courses including a combination of classroom training and remote access assignments.
What is the difference between the internship and cooperative education class?
An internship is where you are performing some kind of work activity related to computer hardware or networking without getting paid, whereas cooperative education is performing some kind of work activity related to computer hardware or networking but you are getting monetary compensation.
Do I need to find my own internship or cooperative education activity?
Yes, if you are not presently employed in the field, the coordinator for the internship program will provide you with referrals for possible internship position. It will then be your responsibility to follow up with the contact. If you are presently working in the field, you may be able to use that work activity for the cooperative education requirement.
How many work hours are needed for the internship or cooperative education elective?
One credit hour is equal to 75 hours of work activity so to complete 3 credits, you will need to complete a total of 225 hours. These 3 credits can be taken during separate semesters if you cannot complete all of the hours in one semester.
What kind of job can I get with an Associate of Science Degree?
An Associate degree will prepare you to work in a variety of industries such as networking, telecommunications, cabling, security, repair and maintenance in addition to entry level positions such as help desk technician or network technician.
What kind of job can I get with a Bachelor’s degree?
A Bachelor’s degree will prepare you to work as a systems administrator. You will be equipped to use your technical knowledge in an administrative environment since most of the upper division classes you will be taking are in business and public administration. Other employment opportunities include entry level positions as a system or network administrator, help desk specialist, telecommunications administrator or security analyst.
What is the Certificate of Achievement in Basic Networking?
This certificate is built upon industry established certifications involving specialized training in basic networking (A+ sponsored by COMPTIA and CCNA (CISCO) certified network),
Linux +, MCP, Security +
What is the Certificate of Achievement in Information Assurance?
This certificate is built around courses that conform to program criteria for our campus to be designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence for training in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense- (CAEIA/CD- a program sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Dept of Homeland Security (NHS). CAE IA/CD institutions receive formal recognition from the U.S. Government as well as opportunities for prestige and publicity for their role in securing our Nation’s information systems.
If I am interested in earning a BAS from UHWO, should I put in an application there or at Honolulu CC?
It does not make a difference. The only thing to remember is that the majority of the lower and upper division CENT classes are offered at Honolulu CC. You will only be taking a minimum of 30 credits at UHWO. If you apply to Honolulu CC, there is no application fee, whereas UHWO charges an application fee.
If I am a UHWO student, can I take classes at Honolulu CC and UHWO?
Yes, if you have been accepted at UHWO, you can take classes at Honolulu CC. However, if you are receiving Federal financial aid, you may be required to take a minimum number of credits at UHWO so you will be dual enrolled at both campuses.
If I am an Honolulu CC student, can I take classes at Honolulu CC and UHWO?
Unless you have been accepted at UHWO, you will not be able to take classes on that campus while enrolled at Honolulu CC.