Tuesday, December 05, 2000

Cisco's CEO to bring his talk here




By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The chief executive officer of Cisco Systems Inc., which teaches students to design and maintain computer networks, visits Mariemont today to talk about the future of e-learning.

        John Morgridge will speak to 250 educators this afternoon. He'll visit with parents, business leaders and the community at 7:30 p.m. at the Mariemont High School auditorium, 3812 Pocahontas Ave.

        Cisco Systems has spearheaded the Cisco Networking Academy program, which teaches high school and college students how to design, build and maintain computer networks.

        Mariemont is home to a Cisco Networking Academy. Twenty juniors are enrolled in the four-semester elective course. There are more than 100 schools in Ohio with an academy.

        “Last year, there were over 1.8 million networking jobs that became available,” said Jim Renner, assistant principal of Mariemont High School and regional director for the Cisco Academy.

        “Nearly 1 million of those jobs went unfilled. Students who take the four-semester course can qualify for a CNAC, a certified Cisco Network Associate Certificate. Basically, from there they can go into the field and make a very good living on these networks.”

        Bev and Chuck Kranitzky of Mariemont plan to hear Mr. Morgridge's talk. Their son, Alex, is taking the Cisco Academy course.

        “I want to hear his comments on how technology is going to affect our lives and the challenges of e-learning,” Mrs. Kranitzky said. “When you think about how we learned and the way kids are learning today, it's poles apart. I was just so impressed he was coming.“

       



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