RIT and MAC Source Communications collaborate to enhance VOIP/IP Telephony Courses




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As industry moves from traditional telephony toward Internet provider telephony, Rochester Institute of Technology has partnered with MAC Source Communications, an Avaya Inc. Gold Business Partner, headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y., to offer students a state-of-the-art facility for the study of voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) and IP Telephony technologies. Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than one million businesses worldwide, including 90 percent of the Fortune 500.

VOIP and IP Telephony courses will be offered through RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences’ new department, Networking, Security and Systems Administration (NSSA). Courses will be available to students this fall as part of NSSA’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The new facility will be located in the Golisano College on the RIT campus.

“Many businesses of all sizes are rapidly transitioning their public switched telephone networks (POTS) to voice over Internet protocol,” says Luther Troell, Ph.D., NSSA’s chair at RIT. “In order to provide our students with the skills needed to meet the increasing demand in this job market, NSSA has developed curriculum to meet the increasing demand in VoIP related jobs. The deployment of this curriculum is made possible by a loan of Avaya equipment worth over $300,000 provided by MAC Source.”

The facility will provide RIT students with hands-on experience with the market leader in VoIP technologies. Don Norkett, vice president of operations for MAC Source Communications says, “The partnership between MAC Source and RIT will help develop cutting edge skills to prepare future engineers that are looking to work in the fast paced IP Telephony field.”

About RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
The B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, the largest comprehensive computing college in the nation, was created with a $14 million gift from B. Thomas Golisano, founder and chairman of Paychex Inc.

The college offers undergraduate programs in computer science, information technology, applied network and system administration, new media, and software engineering, as well as graduate programs in computer science, information technology, software development and management, computer security and information assurance, and learning and knowledge management systems.

The college is home to the Center for Advancing the Study of Cyberinfrastructure, located in the university’s Laboratory for Applied Computing building, which partners with industry and other research organizations in the advancement of computing technology in support of scientific discovery and product development, and to foster technology commercialization.

Founded in 1829, RIT is internationally recognized as a leader in computing, engineering, imaging technology, fine and applied arts, and education for the deaf. RIT enrolls 15,300 students in more than 340 undergraduate and graduate programs.

About MAC Source Communications
MAC Source Communications offers expert business communication consulting and telecommunications system design, installation, and management services. With offices across New York state and Chicago, Ill., MAC Source serves over 5,000 customers with solutions ranging from small business applications to fully integrated Contact Centers. For more information go to www.macsourceinc.com

About Avaya
Ayaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than 1 million businesses worldwide, including 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP) telephony systems and communications software applications and services. Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business applications – and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services – Avaya helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior business results.

For more information visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com.