Computing, Electronics & Networking Technologies

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Program Mission

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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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.

Program Articulations

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 Oʻahu 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 two-year 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.

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.

Program Prerequisites

Associate in Science:

  • ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR 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 Achievement (CA)
  • Advanced Professional Certificate (APC)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

The cost of equipment and textbooks is between $1000-$2000 for the entire program. It is recommended that students have their own computers and have access to the Internet.

Faculty & Staff

  • Milica Barjaktarovic, Lecturer, Email, 844-2343
  • Zhixiong Chen, Educational Specialist, Email, 844-2332
  • Sally Dunan, Assoc. Professor, Email, 844-2352
  • Dale Nakasone, Lecturer, Email, 845-9295
  • Bradley Ramos, Lecturer, Email
  • Aaron Tanaka, Professor, Liaison , Email, 845-9109