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Ohlone College designated Cisco regional academy

By Milpitas Post Staff.

Thursday, May 31, 2007—Reprinted from Fremont Bulletin.

Richard Grotegut, an Ohlone Community College computer networking faculty member, has been named as the sole California representative to the Cisco Networking Academy 10th anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C. in October. The celebration will honor Grotegut and others for their 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 10 years as of this fall, nearly as long as the program has been in existence, training more than 1,700 students in the region.

In addition, 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 Internet technology skills.

The networking academy program delivers Web-based content, online assessment, student performance tracking, hands-on-lab work, instructor training and support, and preparation for industry standard certifications.

The regional academy trains local academy instructors who later educate students.

Irvington High School, Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program, Las Positas College, and Diablo Valley College have become local academies under Ohlone.

Ohlone, Irvington High School and Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program are partnering in the establishment of a career pathway in Information and Communication Technology.

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.

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