Cisco recognizes FHSU's INT Department as national success story for third consecutive year

Fort Hays State University's Information Networking and Telecommunications Department has been selected by Cisco World-Wide Education as a nationwide success story.

This is the third consecutive year that Fort Hays State University has been recognized as a national "success story" in this program.

"To be recognized in the Academy Success Showcase once is a major achievement," said INT Department Chair Mark Bannister.

"There are 10,371 Cisco Networking Academies in 149 countries worldwide. Only approximately two-dozen are recognized at the North American Academy Showcase. Fort Hays State University is the only academy to be recognized in this showcase three consecutive years."

The INT Department is being recognized for its highly successful implementation of the Cisco Academy Curriculum in a graduate program. The FHSU Department offers the Master of Liberal Studies in information networking and telecommunications both on-campus and online. Its students include IT professionals in business, government, the military, persons seeking career changes and high school and community college instructors.

The online component of the program includes students geographically located across America with students from Florida to Washington State. This graduate program includes almost 40 graduate students.

Faculty member Kevin Shaffer, assistant professor of information networking and telecommunications, instructs network architecture and data communications classes in the program. He said, "The graduate students participating in our program are excited and intensely interested. It is great to work with them and many of the graduate projects strengthen our already strong undergraduate program."

"The masters program is particularly attractive for Cisco local academy instructors who are seeking to add to their credentials," said Angela Walters, instructor of information networking and telecommunications.

FHSU INT faculty members will be presenters at the Academy Success Showcase at the Cisco Networking Conference in Orlando, FL, from June 20-24.

Bannister said that spring 2003 graduates of the MLS in INT include among their ranks a network consultant in Kansas City, an IT business analyst in Wichita who works for Excel (subsidiary of Cargill), a Florida community college instructor, a state-wide IT education coordinator, an international student who is now starting a business in Thailand, a school district IT coordinator and a geographic information systems/IT consultant working for cities.

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