Faculty members Dr. ViJay Bhuse, Mr. Larry Saccoia, and Mr. Al Portes have earned the highly-coveted Cisco Academy Instructor Trainer certification, and are now authorized to train Cisco Academy Instructors worldwide.
The role of Instructor Trainer is the top teaching and technical role in the Cisco Networking Academy. These trainers are responsible for promoting academic and instructional excellence among Academy Instructors. In order to be designated as an Instructor Trainer, Cisco created a new rigorous qualification process requiring instructors to:
- Be nominated from a Cisco Authorized Instructor Training Center
- Achieve and maintain industry certification associated with the Networking Academy curriculum they will be teaching
- Take and pass a pre-test
- Pass a two day face-to-face evaluation, scheduled and delivered by a member of the Cisco Technical Advocacy Team. (This evaluation includes hands-on configuration and troubleshooting, as well as preparing and presenting demo lectures.)
With these three Instructor Trainers, ECPI University is now designated a Cisco Academy Instructor Trainer Center (ITC) as well as a Cisco Academy Support Center (ASC), making it among just a few select locations on the east coast to have achieved this status.
As an ITC, ECPI can now provide training, technical support, and ongoing professional development for (and approve) new instructors. As an ASC, ECPI University is the provider of baseline support and partners with academies to promote a quality student experience, sustainability, and student success.