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Two Joliet Junior College Cisco professors earn industry's top honor

Two professors in Joliet Junior College’s Cisco program, Joseph Sullivan and William Martin, have received the Cisco Networking Academy’s Expert Level Instructor Excellence Award for their contributions to the field and in the classroom.
Two professors in Joliet Junior College’s Cisco program, Joseph Sullivan and William Martin, have received the Cisco Networking Academy’s Expert Level Instructor Excellence Award for their contributions to the field and in the classroom.

Two professors in Joliet Junior College’s Cisco program have received the Cisco Networking Academy’s Expert Level Instructor Excellence Award for their contributions to the field and in the classroom.

With the award, instructors Joseph Sullivan and William Martin are now among the top 10 percent of all Cisco Networking Academy instructors worldwide. 

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

JJC’s Cisco program teaches students the technology from the ground-up, meaning no experience or prerequisites are required.

Students can earn an Associate 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 cyber security and networking company. It allows students to develop their skills in the following areas: cloud, security, wireless, cyber operations, collaboration voice and video, routing and switching and advanced protocols. 

The program also offers simulations and hands-on experience using the latest industry equipment.

Sullivan noted they’ve seen an increasing number of women in IT which is very encouraging. For women considering this field, it is a very viable pathway and a gateway to the industry.

According to Cisco Networking Academy Midwest Manager Clydene Stangvik, more than 22,000 professors, teachers and counselors deliver Cisco curriculum to inspire and motivate students worldwide. 

For more information, email Martin wmartin@jjc.edu or Sullivan at jsulliva@jjc.edu.   

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