Course for locals in data centers for High-tech jobs

The course in Networking Basics a four-semester programme is being introduced in Cisco Academy. Data centers prepare workers in networking, information security and other high-tech skills. Cleveland Community College is hoping to fill that need through its Cisco Academy.

The school’s first Cisco Academy students graduated in May with a more than 90 percent job-placement rate, said instructor Jonathan Davis. New workers in growing industry can expect to earn a minimum of $32,000, he said.

Davis said the program gives students 300 hours of direct contact with the equipment they would use in a networking job. At the end of the program, the students are prepared to take a Cisco Certified Network Associate certification test giving them an industry-recognized credential.

With the help of a contribution from the National Science Foundation designed to promote work force development the Cisco Academy started in 2010. Davis said that they were right in predicting the future growth in networking sector and the CCC officials showed interest in the growth of that field.

Data centers traditionally offer a small number of high-paying jobs and a high-dollar community investment. Now, people from Cleveland County can work with those data centers, instead of the centers outsourcing their employee needs, Davis said.

“I think now is the time to get into this,” Davis said. “A lot of the data centers haven’t opened yet. They’re going to be looking to hire in the next year or two.”

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