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UAS Ketchikan Faculty & Student Honored at Cisco Networking Academy 10-Year Anniversary Salute

102 Instructors and Alumni from 50 U.S. States and District of Columbia Help Mark Milestone in Model for Public and Private Partnership

Cisco® Networking Academy® honored UAS Ketchikan Assistant Professor of Computer Networking Richard McDonald and UAS Ketchikan student Sarah Strickling at an event marking the 10th anniversary of the Cisco Networking Academy.

Over the past decade, the Networking Academy has demonstrated success in providing students with valuable skills and knowledge in networking and information technology (IT), leading to advanced academic exploration and career development. Students and graduates benefit from gaining in-demand skills, increasing their earning power and often advancing their education to aid in the development of their countries and local economies.

“We are pleased to acknowledge a select group of Cisco Networking Academy alumni and instructors at the 10-year anniversary salute,” said Gene Longo, senior manager of the Cisco Networking Academy U.S. Field Operations. “According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, five of the fastest-growing occupations for college-educated job seekers through 2014 will be in information technology. We applaud these individuals for their contributions in helping to raise awareness of the opportunities in this industry and the benefits to students and our nation.”

Attendees of the salute include Networking Academy alumni and instructors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, government officials, education-focused associations, and Cisco employees. Held over the course of two days, the event features a number of activities, guest speakers and community-building sessions.

The Networking Academy has provided more than 1.6 million students in more than 160 countries with IT and networking skills essential to succeed in the global economy.  Since 1997, in the United States alone, more than 500,000 Networking Academy students have completed a course and been equipped with the Internet technology skills required to help ensure U.S. competitiveness and innovation in the 21st century.

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