HAYS, KS -- A proposal by Fort Hays State University was selected by a consortium of leading information technology companies to serve as a national training center.
Cisco Systems, Adobe, and Sun Microsystems chose FHSU and 20 others nationwide from a field of more than 110 applicants. FHSU was selected to serve the Great Plains and Mountain Front Range region. The next closest regional entities are in Texas, Minnesota and Utah.
As a result, Fort Hays State University will train university, community college, and high school faculty on the Adobe Web Development Curriculum. FHSU can also teach this technological curriculum directly to on-campus students and can provide customized training for businesses.
"This is a great opportunity for Kansas," said Mark Bannister, chair of the FHSU Department of Information Networking and Telecommunications. "This center is a means of technology transfer and IT diffusion. While we will be serving a significant geographic region, it will be particularly valuable for the Kansas work force and Kansas employers. Community colleges and high schools will have a very affordable means of preparing instructors and having access to world-class interactive curriculum. This will also be a powerful tool for assisting business with training in specialized IT skills."
"This partnership is an excellent example of higher education cooperation in the state of Kansas," said FHSU's President Hammond. "This provides students an excellent opportunity to learn unique technology skills at several levels. Importantly, the courses build upon each other so that a student can work seamlessly through each educational level and take the skills and certifications to the next level. At any point that a student stops -- after high school, community college, university or graduate school -- he or she is employable in the Kansas economy. Each step adds to the student's skill level and employability."
This training partnership is building on the Cisco Networking Academy System already in place under the leadership of FHSU.
"This effort will bolster the current Cisco Certified Network Associate and Professional courses," said Hammond. "FHSU is one of only four institutions in the nation to be approved to offer the Cisco Certified Network Associate preparation training online. It has been selected to provide a special version of this preparation to the U.S. military."