JOLIET – Joseph Sullivan, Cisco Networking Academy program coordinator, Netacad Success Lead, and central point of contact for the new partnership with Amazon Web Service Educate at Joliet Junior College, has been recognized by Cisco Networking Academy with an Expert Level Instructor Excellence Award for the fourth year in a row.
The Expert Level Instructor Excellence Award recognizes instructors for their dedication and passion in the field of information and communications technology as well as their contributions and instructional excellence.
In the past five years, Sullivan has received the Expert Level Instructor Excellence Award four times and the Advanced Award one time, which placed him in the top 25 percent of instructors globally. The Expert Level Instructor Award places him among the top 10 percent of all Cisco Networking Academy instructors worldwide.
Sullivan previously worked as a system architect senior engineer for Motorola Inc. During that time, Sullivan designed authentication systems for KDDI, the Japanese cellular company, E911 public safety access point number portability, and enhanced push-to-talk services. His engineering expertise enabled him to be the principal innovator of two international patents in the area.
Although he was a successful engineer at Motorola, Sullivan had little knowledge of network engineering. That is when he decided to take a Cisco class at JJC.
While working as a full-time engineer, Sullivan took his first course with the Cisco Networking Academy at the JJC Romeoville Campus, about 14 years ago. He said it was challenging at first, but rewarding.
Since then, Sullivan was hired at JJC and has been a coordinator for the Cisco Networking Academy. Over the past decade, he has educated hundreds of JJC students.
Sullivan also pursues industry certifications to advance his knowledge and introduce new technologies into the classroom. Sullivan points students to fast-growing fields of social media development and cloud infrastructure as pathways to great careers.
Currently he is working on additional cloud certifications that will be introduced as a new course to JJC’s computer information and office systems degree programs. He notes that JJC’s web design and social media technologies associate degree is also a fast-growing career pathway and an integral part of corporate presence.
A native of Oak Lawn, Sullivan earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Illinois State University in 1995 and his master’s of computer science degree in 1999.
He has received numerous certifications during his career, including Cisco Certified Network Professional, Palo Alto Accredited Configuration Engineer, Cisco Certified Network Associate Video, Cisco Certified Network Associate Collaboration, Cisco Certified Network Associate Voice, Cisco Certified Network Associate Security, Certified Wireless Technology Specialist, Cisco Certified Academy Instructor, Express Collaboration Systems Engineer Representative v2, Hurricane Electric IPv6 Sage, Cloud Essentials, Rackspace CloudU, Linux Essentials, Cisco Video Network Specialist and Cisco Video Network Representative.