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Fact Sheet

© 2003 Cisco Systems, Inc. page 1
Cisco Networking Academy Program
Cisco Systems, Inc., Boxborough, MA
As of June 9, 2003
 Number of Massachusetts CCNA academies .............................................................83
 Number of Massachusetts counties with CCNA Academies.........................................11
 Number of Massachusetts graduates (CCNA / all curricula) .........................3,743 / 3,800
 Number of Massachusetts current enrollees (CCNA / all curricula) .................810 / 1,045
 Massachusetts CCNA Academies broken down by education level
o High school................................61
o Community college.....................12
o 4-year college/university................1
o Non-traditional..............................9

The Cisco Networking Academy Program is a comprehensive e-learning (all instruction is delivered and
updated over the Internet) program that provides students with the Internet technology skills essential in a
global economy. The Networking Academy delivers web-based content, online assessment, student
performance tracking, hands-on labs, instructor training and support, and preparation for industry
standard certifications.
Launched in October 1997 with 64 educational institutions in seven states – including Massachusetts- the
Networking Academy has spread to 151 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Nearly 440,000 students have
enrolled at more than 10,000 Academies located in high schools, technical schools, colleges, universities,
and community-based organizations.
Fact Sheet: Cisco Networking Academy Program, Cisco Systems, Inc., Boxborough, MA
© 2003 Cisco Systems, Inc. page 2
Note: Cisco began this program in 1997 to deliver the Cisco Certified Network Associate curriculum to
students in secondary and post-secondary classes. In the last two years Cisco has invited partners such
as Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard Company, Panduit and Adobe Systems to deliver their
certification preparatory curriculum. These curricula are offered over the same Internet infrastructure
Cisco established to deliver the Cisco Academy course of instruction.
1) Cisco Certified Network Associate (280 hours, 4 courses)
Taught over four courses, this curriculum provides students with a basic foundation in communications
networking. Students who successfully complete this portion of the program are eligible to earn Cisco
Certified Network Associate (CCNA™) certification. This Academy course is taught at both the secondary
and post-secondary level.
2) Cisco Certified Network Professional (280 hours, 4 courses)
A more advanced communications networking curriculum. Students learn about complex network
configurations and how to diagnose and troubleshoot network problems. Students who successfully
complete the advanced curriculum are eligible to earn Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP™)
certifications (one per CCNP course). The CCNP curriculum is taught primarily at the post-secondary
3) IT Essentials I: PC Hardware and Software (70 hours, 1 course)
Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company. Presents an in-depth exposure to computer hardware and
operating systems. Students learn the functionality of hardware and software components as well as
suggested best practices in maintenance, and safety issues. This course helps students prepare for
CompTIA's A+ certification.
4) IT Essentials II: Network Operating Systems (70 hours)
Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company. An intensive introduction to multi-user, multi-tasking network
operating systems. Characteristics of the Linux, Windows 2000, NT, and XP network operating systems
are discussed. Students explore a variety of topics including installation procedures, security issues,
back-up procedures and remote access
5) Fundamentals of Java Programming (70 hours)
Sponsored by Sun Microsystems. Provides a conceptual understanding of Object Oriented programming.
Also teaches students how to use the Java language's object oriented technologies to solve business
6) Fundamentals of Network Security (70 hours)
Teaches students to design and implement security solutions that will reduce the risk of revenue loss and
7) Fundamentals of UNIX (70 hours)
Sponsored by Sun Microsystems. Teaches students how to use UNIX operating system commands and,
in the hands-on exercises, basic Sun Microsystems' Solaris™ operating environment commands.
Fundamentals of UNIX also introduces students to the Common Desktop Environment (CDE - graphical
interface between different environments).
8) Fundamentals of Voice and Data Cabling (70 hours)
Sponsored by Panduit. Designed for students interested in the physical aspects of voice and data
network cabling and installation. The course focuses on cabling issues related to data and voice
9) Fundamentals of Web Design (70 hours)
Sponsored by Adobe Systems. Focused on the overall production processes surrounding Web site
design with particular emphasis on design elements involving layout, navigation and interactivity. Cisco
Networking Academy students will learn Web Design in preparation for higher education or jobs in the
Internet Economy.
Fact Sheet: Cisco Networking Academy Program, Cisco Systems, Inc., Boxborough, MA
© 2003 Cisco Systems, Inc. page 3
10) Fundamentals of Wireless LANs (70 hours)
An introductory course that will focus on the design, planning, implementation, operation and
troubleshooting of wireless networks.
Instructor Leo Carey, Charlestown High School
Charlestown High School adopted the Cisco Networking Academy Program in September of 1998, thus
becoming the first Cisco Networking Academy in Massachusetts. CHS, located in Boston, is an urban
public school with a minority population greater than 90%. The majority of students are bilingual. Many
have been in the United States less than five years.
The purpose of adopting the Networking Academy program was to create a small learning community
that provided authentic learning experiences and connected students to a range of career choices they
would not have otherwise been exposed to. Our initial expectations were not very high given the rigor of
the curriculum and difficulty of the vocabulary for non-native English speakers. The original group of 25
students was randomly selected and only one had any prior experience with technology. To my surprise,
after the first two months only two students dropped out of the course. The students engaged in the
curriculum with enthusiasm. Of the original 25, 22 completed all four CCNA courses and 18 went on to
pursue careers in technology at the post-secondary level.
That first year success has been repeated each year since. Students without prior skills or experience in
technology are using the skills learned in the Cisco Networking Academy to pursue career choices from a
range of occupations that would otherwise never have been considered. In 2001 CHS adopted the
Sponsored Curricula through the Cisco Networking Academy Program. These new offerings include IT
Essentials (computer maintenance and repair), Web Design and Java. The new courses allow us to
provide technology courses to a greater percentage of students.
Beyond the classroom, students are providing help desk services to Charlestown High School teachers,
staff and fellow students. Students are engaged in a variety of part-time IT support jobs at businesses
and organizations such as Liberty Mutual, Fleet Bank, State Street Bank, Archdiocese of Boston, and The
Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. All students are required to participate in an annual review of the
technology infrastructure at CHS, creating logical and physical maps and evaluating all computers and
devices. Students are gaining high-tech skills in and out of the classroom.
The CCNA and related courses are designed to prepare students for industry-related certifications. We do
not emphasize pursuit of the certifications until students have entered and completed post-secondary
education. When I was first being trained to teach the Academy curriculum it was emphasized that Cisco
would not hire anyone without at least a Bachelor’s degree. If I can paraphrase the sentiment, with which
I agree, you can acquire the skills to be a good technician but you need a solid education to become a
professional. Evidence of a solid education is a degree program where you integrate technology skills
with communication skills. Then you are an engineer.
We are now working with Bunker Hill Community College to create a seamless transition from the high
school Academy into the Community College and beyond through articulation and cooperation.
City of Boston Schools through Tech Boston has adopted the Academy program. Charlestown High
School has trained more than 80 teachers from inside and outside the City of Boston who have adopted
the Cisco Networking Academy Program at their school districts. In addition, CHS has spun off an
additional Regional Academy.
Fact Sheet: Cisco Networking Academy Program, Cisco Systems, Inc., Boxborough, MA
© 2003 Cisco Systems, Inc. page 4
Ryan McGuire, Shawsheen Valley Technical High School
Background: Shawsheen became a Cisco Academy in September 2000. Shawsheen is a rural regional
school with students coming from the surrounding five cities: Billerica, Wilmington, Burlington, Bedford
and Tewksbury. The Internet technology shop at Shawsheen allows students to select either the
networking or Web and programming track. Networking track coursework includes Cisco CCNA, UNIX
(also through the Cisco Academy) and Microsoft administration. Of this year’s senior class, all but one
have opted to attend college, with the majority pursuing Computer Science degrees.
My name is Ryan McGuire. I am a 17-year-old student at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, and I
am currently enrolled in the Internet Technology shop. Since I got my first computer at the age of eight, I
knew a technical career in the computer industry was what I wanted. As a freshman exploring the
different shops, I heard of the Cisco program, which was apparently a very challenging and educational
course in networking. Even though many students disliked the course because of its extremely technical
nature, I was up for the challenge.
As a sophomore, I found myself fully devoted to the Cisco course. I had completed the first semester with
a nearly perfect record, and was starting the second semester. My academic and shop grades were all
As, with the occasional high B, and school had just become more interesting. The CCNA program gave
me exactly what I wanted: a challenging and motivating course in computer networking. Being at the top
of the shop, I was selected to compete in a competition called VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of
America) with two high-ranking juniors. Having just started CCNA 2, I was skeptical of my ability to medal
in a competition in which most people were well ahead of me. At the district competition for
internetworking, I walked away with the bronze medal. This surprised my teachers, and I stepped up the
learning curve to prepare for the statewide competition.
By the time state competition rolled around, I had learned a good amount more thanks to the CCNA
program, but was still behind. I had never physically touched a serial cable, let alone a router. At the
statewide competition, I found myself competing against 20 or so people, the majority of whom either had
their CCNA, or had almost completed CCNA 3 or 4. To my shock, I walked away with the bronze medal
for internetworking in a statewide competition as a sophomore nearly halfway into CCNA 2. It was at this
point that I was determined to advance to the national level, which meant acquiring a gold at the
statewide level.
At the beginning of my junior year, I started back in with the CCNA program. I completed CCNA 2 and
started working on CCNA 3. Shortly thereafter, the district competition once again rolled around. As I had
hoped, I walked away with the gold medal, which meant that once again I would be advancing to the
statewide level. During this time, I had been gaining valuable real-world experience working as a network
administrator and web designer for a company in Billerica, MA, and by doing many side jobs for other
companies. I called myself RDM Computer. I also started focusing on my academics. I was accepted into
the National Honors Society, and ranked third out of 302 students, with a 3.87 GPA. Thanks to the
invaluable help from my family, the CCNA program, and my instructors, Mr. Guarino, Mr. Warren, Mr.
Botte, Mr. Galante, and Mr. Meskie, I walked away with the gold metal in the statewide competition.
I am now studying for the national competition held in Kansas City, Missouri. I am determined to get my
CCNA before the start of my senior year, as it will undoubtedly be an invaluable aid in whatever co-op
opportunity I choose. Cisco has given me something to aim for, a great start in a technical career, and the
skills necessary for the demanding computer network industry.