College Becomes an Official Cisco Computing Academy

Walsall College has joined forces with Cisco, a worldwide leader in IT, to become a Cisco Academy and offer a range of new computing qualifications.

The £75,000 academy based at the college’s Wisemore Campus is the first of its kind in the Black Country and will be officially launched at the college’s Open Day on Thursday 30th March. Equipped with a suite of Cisco computer stations and a dedicated network and server room, the academy will deliver a global education programme that helps students prepare for ICT careers such as network security and administration.

The academy will initially offer courses in Networking and Cyber Security from Level 2 through to HND Level 5, which include modules in Cisco IT Essentials and CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), to teach students how to design, build, secure and troubleshoot computer networks.

The college is also planning to launch degree level 6 courses in both Networking and Cyber Security, giving prospective students the opportunity to progress and achieve a degree at the fraction of the cost of going to university.

Curriculum Manager for Computing at Walsall College, Mina Katti said: “This is a very exciting development for the college as it puts us at the forefront of leading change and enriching the computing curriculum; bringing it in line with the skills needed by employers globally in this rapidly growing industry.

“Academy students will not only be gaining invaluable skills to use throughout their careers but also set themselves apart from their competitors, when applying for jobs.”

Mina added: “Online cyber-attacks are becoming one of the biggest threats facing the UK economy and cyber security jobs are expected to double over the next ten years. So now is a great time to train for a career in this sector.”

Prospective Computing students are invited to come and get a first look of the state-of-the-art Cisco Academy at the college’s Open Day on Thursday 30th March, from 4-7pm. Access to Higher Education Computing students will be available to show visitors around the academy and answer any questions about their course.

Visit www.walsallcollege.ac.uk/planmyvisit to pre-register for the event and beat the queues! For information and advice about studying at Walsall College, please call the College’s Customer Advice and Support Centre on 01922 657053.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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