CCENT – Cisco Certified Entry Level Technician
I found this to be an excellent path, for me to take. CCENT is a newer Cisco Certification which is the entry level to all certifications. Cisco being the leader in IT Certifications and it just happened to be the certification of choice by the CIT Department at the University.
You really need to study hard and use your time wisely! CCENT (two test method 640-822) only uses part of the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate, two test method 640-816; one test 640-802). I would suggest you take copious notes, highlight the heck out of the book, and pay attention to what you are doing!
If you plan to follow on with a CCNA certification I would suggest purchasing a Cisco CCNA Training Lab. I plan to purchase one after the New Year to prep and study.
You can obtain the Sybex study guide through John Wiley & Sons, which usually has a disk for studying; another resource is TestKing where you can obtain a study guide, mp3 downloads, computer software for testing and studying.