The Cisco Academy Support and Training Center at Towson University manages the Cisco academy training for high school and college students across the state. And, with the new school semester in progress, we are busy prepping for the remainder of the new school year
About Cisco Networking Academy
Cisco is a global corporation that provides solutions for networking, telecommunications, and advanced technology. One of Cisco’s main corporate social responsibility initiatives is to provide free education and training to instructors around the globe about their products. The Cisco Networking Academy learning management system is the online delivery system for the Cisco curriculum.
There is a shortage of trained and qualified IT professionals and the demand has surpassed the resources currently available. The Cisco Networking Academy provides a pathway to the top professional IT careers and jobs. The Cisco curriculum can provide training for some of the most sought after careers including Network Administration, System Administration, Software Development and Homeland Security. The Cisco curriculum also provides the knowledge required to pass world-wide industry certifications such as Cisco CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Security, Comp TIA A+ and Linux+, and C Programming (CLA) and C++ (CPA).
Academy Support Center
As an Academy Support Center, Towson University assists academies by keeping them informed of the newest and best technologies. It provides a network of trained instructors for collaboration of best practices and study materials. An annual conference is held to invite all the Cisco academies in Maryland and surrounding states to network, bound and support each other. The 2017 conference will be held on November 8 in the University Union Chesapeake Rooms on the TU campus.
Instructor Training Center
As an Instructor Training Center, Towson University provides training and support to the instructors. Each Cisco training course that prepares students for certification must be conducted by certified Cisco instructors. Instructors are certified by taking an in depth look at the curriculum in Cisco Networking Academy. This prepares them to present the material and provide hands-on experiences for their students. Towson University just completed the summer session for new instructor training and is preparing for fall training to start in a few weeks. Training is only required once for instructors that are new to the curriculum. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits are available for the instructors of these courses. Students that pass these courses also earn college credits if the school has an articulation agreement with the local community college.
As the Towson University Cisco Support Manager, I work with each academy to ensure the instructors are well prepared, the classrooms have adequate equipment to provide real-world experiences, and the curriculum to deliver the training is ready and available to all students. I have visited the Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Prince George’s County school districts that run Cisco academies, to extend support and provide information and ideas to keep the lessons relevant and engaging.
As we begin a new academic year I want to wish all of my academies great success. Trying to impress upon young students the vast opportunities in the technology field is wide open—the sky is the limit. Take advantage of all the free education and training that is offered and use it to demand the salary you are worth.