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VGCC To Offer Cisco Training Evenings at Franklin Campus

For those people in the Louisburg area who want or need advanced computer network training but are working days and cannot attend classes, Vance-Granville Community College will offer the Cisco Academy training two evenings a week at its Franklin County Campus, beginning in January.

Cisco Systems is the largest producer of routers, which control computer networks, connecting a series of computers in separate areas. Vance-Granville has been offering training to prepare persons to maintain and operate these networks for a year as part of its new Network Administration & Support concentration in the Information Systems curriculum program. Cisco training is being offered separately to those who need only that specialized knowledge.

The Cisco curriculum at VGCC consists of four courses spread over four semesters. Instruction at the Franklin Campus begins on Jan. 8, 2002, with NET 125 , the first course in the program. NET 126 will be offered during the summer, followed by NET 225 next fall and concluding with NET 226 in spring of 2003.

Classes will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “We chose this time because it will give people an opportunity to get off work, get something to eat and drive to the campus,” said Billie Evans, VGCC program head for Information Systems.

Kendra Faulkner, who currently teaches the Cisco course during the day at the Franklin County Campus, will instruct the evening session. Persons interested in the evening classes should contact Faulkner at (919) 496-1567.

Evans said the evening classes should be particularly attractive for persons who want to upgrade their computer skills and learn the new networking skills. It will be helpful for applicants to have some knowledge of networks and have some Internet skills, she added.

“This Cisco training will open the door for many job opportunities for those who complete the program,” she said. There are currently more than 300,000 unfilled information technology jobs in the United States, many of them in the local and Research Triangle areas, and persons completing the Cisco training will be eligible for many of them, Evans said.

Those who complete the four courses in the program will be prepared to take the Cisco Certified Network Administrator exam.