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January 23, 2012

RPCC to become Cisco Academy

     RPCC will soon add another certification program to the list of programs it offers. RPCC will soon become a Cisco Networking Academy. Designation as a Cisco Networking Academy means a school offers a program, in this case a computer networking program, that prepares students for Cisco certifications and ultimately for the workforce.

     RPCC will become a local Cisco Networking Academy through its collaboration with Capital Area Technical College-Baton Rouge Campus, which is a current Cisco Networking Academy in Baton Rouge. Capital Area Technical College (CATC) is what is referred to as a regional academy because CATC representatives will facilitate the implementation of the program at RPCC in addition to teaching computer networking to CATC students. RPCC is a local academy because RPCC representatives teach students exclusively.

     Initially, the computer networking specialist program will be a non-credit program, with the eventual goal of offering an Associate of Applied Science degree.

     The day the Cisco programming begins has not yet been determined but the College hopes that it will be some time in February 2012.

     Dr. Lisa Watson, Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Advancement and Effectiveness at RPCC, looks forward to the opportunity. “Becoming a Cisco Networking Academy is a great opportunity for RPCC, our students and area businesses,” said Dr. Watson. “Graduates with this certification can find great networking careers in telecommunications, hospital and banking, to name a few industries that employ these workers.”

     RPCC is working with CATC to address the needs of the surrounding business communities by increasing the supply of Information Computer Technology (ICT) graduates in the workforce. The ICT field, a part of which is computer networking, is expanding so quickly that the number of graduates in this field has not kept pace with the needs of business and industry.

     The program is funded by a Rapid Response grant, which is a Louisiana state grant. RPCC looks forward to continuing the ICT program beyond the Rapid Response grant.

     Please call 225-675-5397 for more information about RPCC’s networking program.




River Parishes Community College in Sorrento, La., is an open-admission, two-year, postsecondary public institution dedicated to developing and assisting students in achieving personal, professional and academic success. A component of the Louisiana Community and Technical College system and its board of supervisors, RPCC serves the Louisiana river parishes by providing transferable courses and curricula through certificates and associate's degrees. Please visit www.rpcc.edu or call (225) 675-8270 for more information.