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Dean Technical High School Introduces New Cisco Training Academy

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB)- It’s a new program to enhance technology education and careers in the city of Holyoke, called Cisco Training Academy. It’s offered to students who want a head start on their future.

Uploading, texting, tweeting are all too familiar concepts amongst students. However Dean Technical High School is taking it one step further, inside the world of digital networks.

“Cisco is the leader in the world of networking; they are the people who created routing, the device that enables networks to connect around the world,” says class instructor, Dalip Singh.

The right skills will provide options for students when entering the work force. In the computer lab they build, design, and maintain connections through a simulated computer program.

“We’re trying to imitate a real world situation,” says Singh.

A ribbon cutting this afternoon marks the select few who are the first to have the opportunity. The courses are offered to 11th and 12th grade students who have high academic standing and who also have recommendations from guidance counselors and the principal. They know that this program will help to better their future.

“I plan on going into computer science as well and informational technology and networking is a base of this,” says High School Senior, Hector Luis.

And probably the best part of it all, the students who fulfill the requirements do not leave empty-handed.

“Students achieve the goal of getting Cisco certified at the associate level which is CCNA,” announces Singh.

It stands for Cisco Certified Networking Associate; a highly respected industry level certification.

These students are setting themselves apart, learning skills that are in high demand and useful to the world.
The Academy was obtained through funds obtained from the Cisco Urban Research Grant.

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