Elizabeth City State University is proud to announce that its Technology Department
is now an authorized Cisco Networking Academy. The department will offer CISCO Networking
Academy program. This comprehensive, e-learning program provides students with the
Information Technology skills essential in the global economy. The Networking Academy
delivers web-based content, online assessment, student performance tracking, hands-on
labs, instructor training and support and preparation for industry standard computer
Under the direction of Dean Cynthia Warrick, Drs. Ellis Lawrence and Kuldeep Rawat,
faculty members in the ECSU's Technology Department started working in the beginning
of spring 2007 to establish CISCO Academy at ECSU. Dr. Lawrence is the liaison between
the academy and ECSU. He will manage the overall quality of the networking academy
offerings; maintain the list of course offerings; maintain a list of non-student users
and related staff and faculty. Dr. Rawat will serve as the lead instructor for the
Launched in 1997 with 64 participating educational institutions, the program has expanded
to over 150 countries. Educational institutions are given the designation of Networking
Academy at the level of training that they will be providing in the program. There
are currently three possible tiers of training. Industry experts at CISCO Systems
train the Instructor Trainers at the CISCO Academy Training Centers (CATCs), the CATC
Instructors train Regional Academy Instructors and the Regional Academy Instructors
train the Local Academy Instructors who then educate students. Utilizing this three-tier
training model helps to provide instructors the training they need in close proximity
to where they are located. Educational institutions may play a role at one or more
of these training levels.
Created by industry and education professionals, the curriculum prepares students
for the demands of the workplace and motivates them to continue their education and
learning. Delivered globally in multiple languages, the Academy program uses assessment
data to adapt and improve lessons, labs, and teacher training. The program recognizes
multiple learning styles of students with web-based, multimedia content; online assessment
and evaluation throughout the course; hands-on labs; and instructor training and support.
Upon completion, students have the opportunity to take a certification exam.
Participating organizations join a global community of learners including students,
instructors, and partners in academia, business, government, and community.
Drs. Lawrence and Rawat completed CISCO Certified Network Associate track; (networking
basics; Routing and Routing Basics, Switching Basics and Intermediate Routing, WAN
Technologies) at a Regional CISCO Academy before setting up the local academy at ECSU.
Dr. Lawrence and Dr. Rawat agree this program is an accomplishment for the ECSU Technology
Department. There is a great demand for IT workforce and a CISCO Academy at ECSU will
play an important role in attracting more students to the program. Moreover, the curriculum
will also be offered online, thereby tapping on to the wider student population.
For more information, call Dr. Ellis Lawrence, in the ECSU Technology Department 252-335-3439.