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May 22, 2007 > Ohlone College designated a Cisco Regional Academy

Ohlone College designated a Cisco Regional Academy

Submitted By Office of College Relations

Ohlone College computer networking faculty member Richard Grotegut has been named as the sole California representative to the Cisco Networking Academy 10th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, DC in October 2007. The celebration will honor Grotegut and others for their extraordinary impact in "educating the architects of the networked economy" through the Cisco Networking Academy over the past decade.

Ohlone has been a teaching outlet for the Cisco Academy for ten years as of this fall, nearly as long as the program has been in existence, training over 1700 students in the region. Because of the quality and longevity of the training program, Ohlone was recently named a Regional Academy by Cisco, training faculty at other schools to become Cisco Academies under Ohlone's direction.

The Cisco Networking Academy is a comprehensive e-learning program, the largest in the world, which provides students with the Internet technology skills essential in a global economy. The Networking Academy program delivers Web-based content, online assessment, student performance tracking, hands-on-labs, instructor training and support, and preparation for industry standard certifications.

The Regional Academy trains Local Academy instructors who then educate students. Irvington High School, Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program (MVROP), Las Positas College, and Diablo Valley College have become Local Academies under Ohlone. The East Palo Alto Academy High School (a Stanford charter school) is scheduled to become a Local Academy. East Palo Alto Academy is a "Stanford New School". The San Jose Conservation Corps (also a charter school) is considering joining as well.

Ohlone, Irvington High School and MVROP are partnering in the establishment of a Career Pathway in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The ICT Pathway leads high school students through courses that prepare students to transfer to community college and then on to a university for baccalaureate degrees with a computer science or engineering focus. The Cisco Academy program will play a large role in this pathway.

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