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CCCC Designated Cisco Regional Training Center

CCCC Designated Cisco Regional Training Center

Collin County Community College has been chosen to become one of six CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) Training Centers in the United States.

CCCC, which for more than a year has been a Cisco Regional Academy, will be the only college teaching courses required for CCNP certification to Cisco-certified networking associates in the eight-state Southwest Region. CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associates) certified teachers will come to CCCC for this training from Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.

“Nearly 500 colleges in the U.S. responded to Cisco's invitation to apply, and we were one of only six that were chosen,” said John Baltzer, dean of engineering technology at CCCC. “I think we were chosen because of the success and the size of our Cisco program. We were among the first to get such a program going, and in a little more than a year we have seated 1,445 students in one or more Cisco networking classes.”

“We will be training the trainers,” said Peter Brierley, CCCC professor of technology and the coordinator of the college's Cisco Academy program. “CCNA graduates are in very high demand, and high-tech companies such as Nortel Networks cannot find enough qualified people for the jobs they have available. Every high-tech company has some connection to the technology that Cisco provides. Eighty percent of the Internet worldwide goes through Cisco Systems.”

Gene Longo, manager of U.S. field operations for the Cisco networking academy program, said that CCCC was an obvious choice. “It had the strongest proposal in the Southwest territory,” Longo said. “We felt that CCCC represented the best practices with Cisco and is a good partner to expand our training centers.”

CCCC will begin its first CCNP class, called Semester 5 (the first of the four required for the CCNP designation) on June 1. CCCC has two instructors who are CCNP-certified and two more who are about to receive that certification, Brierley said.

“Being a CCNP center means that we have gone beyond the boundaries of Collin County with our program,” Brierley said. “We will get national recognition. Those who come from the training will know who we are and what we do.”

“This is a real boost for the college in the area of technology,” said CCCCD trustee Sam Roach of Frisco. “This is what we're all here for. It is one of the specific areas we feel strongly about, and to be involved at this level with a quality company like Cisco is great.”

Since 1998-99, CCCC has been a CCNA regional academy, teaching Cisco's semester one through four courses to high school teachers who in turn teach the courses to their junior and senior students. The CCNA regional academy includes high schools in Allen, Collinsville, Farmersville, McKinney, Prosper, Rockwall, Royse City, Tom Bean and Wylie. 

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.