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Published 8/13/2003
Owens Community College Findlay-Area Campus Offers Computer Networking Program

FINDLAY - Individuals interested in a career as a computer support specialist or systems administrator can pursue such an opportunity by enrolling in the Cisco Networking Academy Program at the Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus.

The creation of the Cisco Networking Academy Program at the Owens Findlay-area Campus is part of a collaborative effort with Cisco Systems Inc., a worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. The comprehensive program is designed to teach students Internet technology skills and is currently offered in over 145 countries, as well as high schools, technical schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States.

"Computers are an integral part of the economic future of business and industry, and the need for support specialists to enhance technological capabilities is greater than ever," said Glenn Rettig, Owens Chair of Industrial and Engineering Technologies for the Findlay-area Campus. "The Owens Findlay-area Campus Cisco Networking Academy Program offers students the necessary training and skills to enter such an emerging career field."

Rettig added, "Individuals within this profession play a vital role in a variety of work environments such as professional offices, small businesses, government and large corporations."

Students completing the Cisco certification will acquire the knowledge and skills to understand computer and network operations and communications, gateway information and Internet connections that support national and global organizations. They also will learn how to evaluate system requirements, as well as implement network security measures and maintain network hardware and software.

The Cisco Networking Academy Program requires 16 credit hours and provides students with hands-on experience working with state-of-the-art hardware consisting of routers, gateways, switches and hubs. Through a comprehensive E-Learning program, students also will obtain the Internet technology skills essential within today's global economy.

Currently, Owens certified Cisco instructors on the Findlay-area Campus offer the first four courses in the eight-course Cisco Networking Academy Program. During the Spring Semester, the College plans to add two additional Cisco courses. Owens' Toledo-area Campus offers all eight classes.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, computer support specialists and systems administrators will experience an explosive demand in employment opportunities during the next 10 years. Due to rapidly changing technologies, an array of corporations and businesses will increasingly depend on Cisco certificate holders to maintain, analyze and improve computer equipment.

To enroll in Owens' Cisco Networking Academy Program on the Findlay-area Campus for the Fall Semester, or for additional information about the program, call (567) 429-3561. Students currently enrolled in a Cisco Networking Academy Program at another college or university may transfer any credits earned toward Cisco certification at Owens. Students who complete the certificate program also are eligible to take the Cisco Certified Networking Associate and Professional examinations.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 25 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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