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2 Joliet Junior College professors receive top industry award

Joe Sullivan (left) and William Martin earned the Cisco Networking Academy's Expert Level Instructor Excellence Award for their contributions to the field and in the classroom. The Cisco program teaches students about a broad cross section of computer and network security. The Cisco certifications are recognized globally.
Joe Sullivan (left) and William Martin earned the Cisco Networking Academy's Expert Level Instructor Excellence Award for their contributions to the field and in the classroom. The Cisco program teaches students about a broad cross section of computer and network security. The Cisco certifications are recognized globally.

Two professors in Joliet Junior College’s Cisco program have received their industry’s top award.

Joseph Sullivan and William Martin earned the Cisco Networking Academy’s Expert Level Instructor Excellence Award for their contributions to the field and in the classroom. The Cisco program teaches students about a broad cross section of computer and network security. They are now considered among the top 10% of all Cisco Networking Academy instructors worldwide, according to a news release. The Cisco certifications are recognized globally, and they offer JJC students opportunities in the field.

“Having received this award is a great achievement, especially on a global level, but we couldn’t do it alone,” Sullivan said. “We recognize that this is a team effort and, thanks to the support we receive from the JJC administration, we have the resources to provide our students with an immersive experience with both networking and security.”

This is the ninth time JJC instructors have earned this honor. Sullivan and Martin are also the only Illinois college professors to receive the award this year.

“For any working professional to be recognized in the top 10% in your field is an honor,” Martin said. “To have two professors achieve that recognition is a great coup for our academy.”

Students in the Cisco program learn about the technology from the ground up, meaning no experience or prerequisites are required. They can earn an associate degree in applied science as a computer networking technologist or choose between two certificate options, Cisco Networking Security and Cisco voice/wireless/security.

JJC’s program is backed by training resources from Cisco, the world’s largest cybersecurity and networking company. It allows students to develop their skills in cloud, security, wireless, cyber operations, collaboration voice and video, routing and switching, and advanced protocols. The programs offer simulations and hands-on experience using the latest industry equipment and boasts graduates getting gainfully employed.

“The success of our networking academy is due to a lot of hard work from Mr. Sullivan and my predecessors who founded the academy at JJC,” Martin said. “In order for the academy to be successful, we must have three parts – a great curriculum, great instructors and great students.”

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