STLCC Expands Cisco Networking Academy to Wildwood
Friday, June 5, 2020
St. Louis Community College is expanding its Cisco Networking Academy program to the Wildwood campus in August 2020. Students who complete this certificate of specialization will be prepared to earn a globally recognized credential - the Cisco Certified Network Associate, or CCNA®.
“We’re excited to bring the Cisco Networking Academy to STLCC-Wildwood,” said S. Carol Lupardus, Ph.D., campus president and chief academic officer. “The decision to expand the CCNA® certification program to Wildwood reflects our ongoing efforts to provide our students with accessible and affordable pathways to high-demand careers.”
STLCC is an experienced partner of the Cisco Networking Academy and has been for nearly two decades. Over the years, more than 6,000 students have completed courses taught by STLCC faculty who bring both their knowledge of Cisco products and real-world, practical applications for networking technology to the classroom.
According to Will Hocker, assistant professor and program coordinator, the CCNA® certification is highly sought-after by employers because companies of all sizes need professionals with this expertise to support their operations. It also provides students with a credential that can be leveraged for academic and career success.
“We’re proud to offer this program at STLCC because it provides students with relevant computer and networking technology training, as well as entrepreneurial and digital problem-solving skills,” Hocker said. “This robust combination not only prepares graduates to enter the IT field, but it can also benefit professionals who are seeking a promotion or who have aspirations of starting their own business.”
In addition to earning STLCC’s certificate of specialization, students who complete the Cisco Networking Academy program are prepared to test for the industry-recognized CCNA® certification. Students may also leverage the credits earned in this program toward an associate degree.
“One of the biggest benefits of this program is that it not only leads to an industry-recognized credential, but it seamlessly connects to STLCC’s associate degree in network engineering,” Hocker explained. “If students wish to complete the full program, they have a clear-cut path to follow.”
The program is offered at both Forest Park and Wildwood (beginning August 2020). Students can complete the program by following the College’s recommended academic plan. Topics range from computers and basic networking to complex enterprise and theoretical networking models. In each course, students learn technical concepts through a series of hands-on and simulated activities.
Learn more about the Cisco Networking Academy at STLCC.