The ACT government has included courseware developed by Cisco Systems for its Networking Academy program in its senior secondary college curriculum.
From the first term next year seven senior secondary colleges and one private school in the ACT will establish Networking Academies and teach advanced computer networking to years 11 and 12 using Cisco's Web-enabled study materials.
As skills in the courseware are generic to computer networking, ACT students completing the course will be able to gain credits for their tertiary entrance score.
Cisco spokesman Peter Scope said 550 people have already graduated from Cisco's Networking Academy course conducted at high schools, TAFE colleges, and universities. "CCNA graduates work for a diverse range of organisations, such as Telstra," Scope said.
The Canberra Institute of Technology will also be introducing the program to its students.
The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), a campus of the University of NSW and a teaching institution for nonmilitary people at a post-graduate level, will serve as the ACT's central Cisco Regional Networking Academy. ADFA will teach the teachers delivering the new courseware.www.cisco.com