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ECCA Instructor Doesn't Miss A Beat

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Early College Career Academy (ECCA) IT Networking students had a unique experience on October 17. They travelled to Cisco Corporation’s Albany office to watch their instructor Karen Woodard, a professor at SUNY Adirondack, appear on the Cisco Beat.

Cisco’s monthly broadcast, the Beat, is a forum where Cisco executives share real-time updates, answer questions and celebrate milestones with Cisco employees—streaming live over Cisco TV to locations around the globe. The October broadcast celebrated the 20th anniversary of Cisco’s largest corporate social responsibility program, the Cisco Networking Academy

During the celebration, Woodard sat down with Cisco Senior Vice President, Tae Yoo in San Jose, California. They spoke about Woodard’s experience and perspective of the program in her community. Woodard teaches security, CCENT, CCNA, and CCNP level IT networking courses at SUNY Adirondack as part of the college’s traditional and ECCA / PTECH IT Networking program. Since becoming a Networking Academy instructor Woodard has earned the privilege of leading four IT networking dream teams: two for Cisco Live and two for the NBA All Star games; achieved global instructor trainer status; represented the State of New York at the 10th anniversary of Cisco Networking Academy in Washington, DC; earned SUNY’s Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Teaching; developed as part of the ACM CCECC IT Project global IT A.A.S. degree outcomes; and co-authored and won a SUNY High Needs grant expanding new course offerings for the college and implementing a new Cyber Security, A.A.S. degree in Fall 2017. 

Woodard spoke about the importance of the Networking Academy to the local economy and how it has grown jobs in Upstate New York, especially in rural communities.

During the Beat, staff from Buenos Aires, Argentina; Johannesburg, South Africa; Krakow, Poland; Michigan and Albany were patched to the broadcast.

A former student of Woodard’s, Kevin Tucker, who is an adjunct instructor at SUNY Adirondack, brought some of his SUNY Adirondack college level students to the event. Tucker is also a Network Analyst at the Hudson Falls Central School District.

The Cisco Networking Academy “has opened a lot of opportunities,” said Tucker. “Seeing high school students here, along with my college students, it really does come full circle. It is really good to see.”

“The opportunity that these high school students have, being integrated with SUNY Adirondack and BOCES and bringing this collaboration together, opens up endless opportunities for these kids,” said Tucker. “I hope they realize that. They have one of the best instructors in the world.”

Myles LaPlant, a junior at Glens Falls High School said, “the Networking Academy is an awesome opportunity. Professor Woodard has taught us that anything is possible.”

Alexzandra Hockenberry, a junior at Hudson Falls High School said, “I am really happy that she got to do that, and that she is one of my instructors. I didn’t think any of my instructors would be on something that big. That’s just cool. You can’t really fathom it.

For over 20 years the Networking Academy has been adopted by education organizations in 170 countries, partnering with over 10,000 educators to touch the lives of 6.9 million students, while making over $2.6 billion of in-kind contributions in tools, resources, and support.

For more information about the Cisco Networking Academy, please click here.

The Early College Career Academy, a partnership with SUNY Adirondack and WSWHE BOCES is pleased to participate in the Networking Academy and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the program.

For more information about the Early College Career Academy’s IT Networking program, click here.