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06/30/2004
Hudson Valley Community College to Offer Cisco Systems Training in Fall 2004

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, June 30, 2004

New courses to prepare students for Cisco Certification Exams

Responding to the growing demand for system and network administrators who are versed in cutting-edge technology and trained on the most up-to-date equipment, Hudson Valley Community College this fall will offer training in Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet.

The Cisco Network Academy will offer four courses that will provide students with comprehensive preparation for two Cisco certification exams – the Cisco Certified Network Associate exam and Cisco Certified Network Professional exam.

Students will learn how to design, build and maintain computer networks in a state-of-the-art Cisco Network Academy Lab, which will contain sophisticated networking equipment that, in the business world, would support the operations of an organization with nearly 10,000 employees spread out among eight or nine buildings.

The Cisco Network Academy is part of the System and Network Administration option in the college's Computer Information Systems (CIS) program.

"Networking is the core of computing today, and the foundation of any organization's growth," said Dr. James Looby, chairman of the college's CIS Department. "It is one of the few areas in business that can't be outsourced."

According to the New York State Department of Labor, the job of network and computer systems administrator is projected to be the third-fastest growing occupation in the state during the 10-year period from 2000-2010. The number of jobs is projected to increase by nearly 60 percent in that decade – from 14,120 jobs in 2000 to 22,270 jobs in 2010, according to the state.

The four courses that comprise the Cisco Network Academy are: Introduction to Data Communications, Introduction to Network Administration, Network Infrastructure, and Network Management. The courses also include a special emphasis on computer and network security.

Students may enroll in the two-year CIS associate's degree program and take the Cisco Network Academy courses through the System and Network Administration option, or choose to take just the four-course sequence. The first two courses – Introduction to Data Communications and Introduction to Network Administration – will prepare students to take the Cisco Certified Network Associate exam. Those two courses are required before students can take Network Infrastructure and Network Management, which will prepare them to take the Cisco Certified Network Professional exam.

In addition to System and Network Administration, the college's CIS associate's degree program offers specialized training and education in Business Applications Programming; E-Commerce; Internet and Web Programming; and Web Design. For more information about CIS at Hudson Valley, visit www.hvcc.edu/cis.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.