Cisco Networking Academy has been changing worlds for 20 years. To celebrate this milestone, we are spotlighting some of the 7.8 million students worldwide who have benefited from this IT education and career building program.

Stephanie Krusch

  • Rochester, New York
  • Current occupation: Frontier Internet Help Desk Technician
  • Networking Academy coursework: CCNA 1-2, CCENT (September 2017)
  • One word to describe her Networking Academy experience: Inspiring

Stephanie started the Networking Academy at her parent’s urging, when she was 18 and a senior in high school. Though it involved extra time in the classroom, even after she’d been accepted to Rochester Institute of Technology, she took the course all the same.

The Networking Academy kept Stephanie “on her toes” and familiarized her with the kind of technology only available through the courses. Even though she was “the only girl” in her class, she kept at it, and now, she’s “extremely interested in networking.”

A distance runner, Stephanie says her career is just like running: “It’s about never giving up.”


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No Longer with Cisco