CFCC’s Computer Networking Program Earns Recognition from Cisco Systems

Cape Fear Community College Cisco Networking Academy

CFCC’s Cisco Networking Academy students and staff receive a plaque from Cisco Systems for ten years of service.
Front Row: CFCC Dean of Technical and Vocational Programs Pat Hogan, Chair of Business Technologies Department Melissa Watson, Cisco Networking Academy instructors Mark Grove and Sohail Sukhera.
Middle Row: Jeremy White, Wesley Green, Liz Douglas, Jill Bruno
Back Row: Clint Bullock, Michael Daniel, John Kenison, Bill Jones, William Holovnia, Nakia Brown

Cape Fear Community College was recently recognized by Cisco Systems, a multinational corporation that designs, manufactures and sells computer networking equipment.

The college received special recognition for serving as a certified Cisco Networking Academy for ten years.

Courses in the Cisco training are incorporated into CFCC’s two-year computer information technology program, located at the college’s North Campus. When all academy courses are completed, students are eligible to sit for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification exam.

According to Melissa Watson, chair of CFCC’s business technology department, most graduates of the college’s computer information technology program choose to obtain this highly-regarded international networking certification, which greatly increases their chances of getting a job once they graduate.

“The CCNA certification gives Cape Fear graduates an extra edge in the pursuit of their career goals after leaving the college, since many area industries rely on Cisco networking systems within their organizations,” Watson said.

With the CCNA certification Cape Fear graduates can go on to careers in fields such as network administrator, network engineer, or network specialist. These roles take advantage of the students’ hands on knowledge and skills based on the installation of and maintenance of Cisco networking systems.