An elite group from Cisco Networking Academy, consisting of 6 students and 1 instructor, were recently selected from dozens of applicants across the United States to participate at Cisco Live in Las Vegas, Nevada from July 6-14, 2011. As Cisco’s largest customer appreciation event, the team worked alongside Cisco engineers to help build and troubleshoot the massive Network Operations Center (NOC) which supported nearly 15,000 attendees at the event. Dubbed the “Dream Team,” these student ambassadors engaged with customers, provided networking support as needed, attended technical sessions, and even got to enjoy some tourist attractions.
This unique development experience was sponsored by Cisco and included an opportunity to take a free certification exam at the conference. None of the students were Cisco certified coming to the event, but 3 left CCNA Certified! The Dream Team will continue to learn from the experience with access to Networkers Virtual which provides industry insight into the latest technologies and solutions available to Cisco customers.
A personal visit from Cisco Senior Vice President, Carlos Dominguez, was an additional surprise for the Dream Team. He commended the value of the team’s efforts and encouraged them to continue to pursue their IT/Networking career paths (watch the video).
Local Las Vegas student, Chris Kordus, who is enrolled in the Networking Academy at College of Southern Nevada, was interviewed by a Las Vegas television station about his career change from the construction industry.
“This was the first time Cisco Networking Academy students have been invited to attend Cisco Live to support the NOC. We were pleased to provide them with this hands-on learning opportunity to enhance their technical skills, work in a dynamic environment with network engineers, and further expose them to Cisco,” said Joni Blakeslee, Senior Manager, Cisco Networking Academy.
Meet the Dream Team
See who they are below and check out their posts and pictures from the event on the Cisco Networking Academy Facebook page.
Jeff Mason from Newport High School in Bellevue, WA. Jeff teaches ITE, CCNA1-4, CCNAS and CCNP, and encourages his students to use technology to participate and give back not only in their community, but in other countries as well.
Angel Gavida, Community College of Rhode Island with instructor John Mowry, has completed CCNA 1-4, CCNAS and VoIP and is currently enrolled in CCNP. He looked forward to getting valuable experience with the many technologies that will be available at Cisco Live. He’s now CCNA Certified!
Chris Kordus, College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, NV with instructor Thomas Lisa, has completed CCNA 1-4 and is currently enrolled in CCNP. He wanted to work with the experts and attend the technical sessions at Cisco Live.
Stephanie Wilks, Focus:Hope Information Technology Center in Detroit, MI with instructor Kimberly Wilson, has completed CCNA 1-4. She was eager to work with others who are passionate about technology and learning.
Brad Thresher, New Hampshire Technical Institute in Claremont NH with instructor Fred Lance, has completed CCNA 1-3 and Voice, and is currently enrolled in CCNA4. He saw this as an opportunity to build his resume and start his career. He’s now CCNA Certified!
Daniel Bey, Davenport University in Perry, MI with instructor Tou Vue, has completed CCNA 1-4, is A+ certified, and was preparing for the CCNA exam prior to the event. He wanted to get hands-on with the equipment and learn about paths for his career. He’s now CCNA Certified!
To learn more about Cisco Live visit the web site.