West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive Parkersburg WV 26104
Phone: 304-424-8203 | Fax: 304-424-8315
WVU Parkersburg Cisco Academy is one of three training academies to receive national honors.
CONTACT: Doug Weaver, assistant professor of computer science, 304-424-8330.
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West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Cisco Academy is one of three U.S. training academies recognized for its ability to create academic reach and build bridges for students to pursue degrees in information technology.
The award was announced recently at the 2006 Cisco Academy Conference in Nashville, TN.WVU Parkersburg was honored in the "Rigor" category which recognizes the extent that students use the networking academy as an opportunity to build success in pursuing a college degree.
In addition to WVU Parkersburg, the other category winners werethe Department of Defense Education Activity, a civilian agency of the U.S. Department of Defense in Arlington, Va., and Miami Lakes Educational Center, in Miami Lakes, FL.
An example of WVU Parkersburg academy’s reach is the hands-on experience it makes available to information technology students, noted Doug Weaver, assistant professor of computer science. WVU Parkersburg’s computer network engineering students and faculty were involved in the past year in assisting with helping to re-locate the Joint Military Operations Center in New Orleans as part of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
The Parkersburg campus is a Cisco certified local and regional networking academy. Local academy courses prepare students for both Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) national certifications. As a Cisco regional academy, WVU Parkersburg also trains and certifies Cisco Certified Academy Instructors (CCAI) both locally and worldwide.
The Cisco Academy Conference Recognition 3-R Awards were launched this year with 37 awards announced at Academy Conference 2006 events. More than 150 nominations were received in the categories of Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships.