RIT Named Regional Cisco Networking Academy




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University’s technology training center will train teachers to instruct computer networking

An estimated 850,000 information technology-related positions worldwide go unfilled each year due to a shortage of qualified workers. Beginning next year, Rochester Institute of Technology will begin training teachers and others in an effort to help alleviate that shortage.

The university’s National Technology Training Center has been designated a regional Cisco Networking Academy by Cisco Systems Inc. The designation means RIT will be a training center for the instruction of computer-networking curriculum to teachers and future network administrators.

Faculty from RIT’s telecommunications engineering technology program will serve as instructors. Guy Johnson, center director and RIT professor of manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, estimates that 20 trainees from the Rochester area will attend inaugural workshops in summer 2002. They’ll learn principles, design, construction and maintenance of computer networks and, in turn, be trained to teach others, such as high school students, about computer networking.

In the Rochester area, East Rochester and Greece school districts, Edison Technical and Occupational Education Center and Monroe Community College are local Cisco Networking Academies that teach computer networking curriculum to students. Johnson anticipates additional school districts and organizations to participate as local academies whose instructors will train at RIT.

"We look forward to working with local school districts and community organizations to help build the technical expertise needed for a thriving local economy," Johnson says.

The Cisco Networking Academy program was established in 1997 by Cisco in partnership with Sun Microsystems Inc. and Adobe Systems Inc. More than 135,000 students are enrolled in academy courses in all 50 states and 128 countries.