High School Teachers Study Computer Networking at RIT

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Instructors in Rochester and Hilton are prepared to develop curricula in networking

Two area school districts can begin offering studies in computer networking - thanks to new teacher training in course, lab and program development.

Four teachers, from the Rochester City School District and the Hilton Central School District, recently completed the first-ever courses in computer networking offered by Rochester Institute of Technologyís National Technology Training Center. RIT became a regional Cisco Networking Academy last year. High schools are local academies.

Teacher-training courses, offered each summer, are instructed by RIT telecommunications engineering technology faculty members William Johnson and Michael Eastman.

The Cisco Networking Academy program was established in 1997 by Cisco Systems Inc. in partnership with Sun Microsystems Inc. and Adobe Systems Inc. As part of RITís designation as a regional academy, Cisco awarded $9,000 worth of laboratory equipment to the university.

RITís National Technology Training Center was established in 1999 to inspire students to pursue studies and careers in engineering and technology. The center is part of the universityís College of Applied Science and Technology.

Note: For more information, visit http://www.rit.edu/~nttc/cisco/.