North Central Texas College has been recognized for 15 years of active participation and service in the Cisco Networking Academy program.
Then NCTC computer science instructors Gary Bush and Ron Cowart started the Cisco program in Gainesville in 1999. It moved to Corinth and is currently also taught on the Flower Mound campus.
Doug Akin, who coordinates the program, has been instrumental in its continued success for more than 10 years.
“My first class had seven students and we had two switches and two routers,” Akin said. “Today, we are currently teaching multiple sections on both the Flower Mound and Corinth campuses with four Cisco Certified Academy instructors teaching for NCTC.”
Thanks to a new grant, the Cisco lab in Corinth is moving to a larger room and should have new equipment added this summer, according to Akin.
“I am using our students in our Co-op programs to help design and build the Cisco lab,” he said. “This gives them experience and a sense of student ownership of the program.”