Cisco Honors Inver Hills for 'Creating the Model' for IT Training

Inver Hills received an award for curriculum excellence and instructors Dale Henninger and Ben Franske were recognized for their individual contributions.

Inver Hills Community College was recognized by Cisco Systems last month for the college’s Cisco Networking Academy course offerings in its youth, degree and non-credit programs.

The college received the Award of Academy Excellence in Curriculum Quality for its CCNA Security programming, which prepares students to secure Cisco routers, switches and associated networks, with an emphasis on maintaining the integrity, confidentiality and availability of data in the face of modern threats to network security.

Dale Henninger, an adjunct instructor with the college’s Network Technology and Security program, is one of two individuals nationwide to receive Cisco’s Stand Out Instructor Award. Henninger also was recognized for passing the Cisco Instructor Trainer Qualification (ITQ) process.

Ben Franske, full-time faculty in the Network Technology and Security program, was awarded the Outstanding Community Contribution Award for his leadership in developing a course that can be integrated into existing Cisco CCNA classes. Franske also was recognized for passing the ITQ process.

The awards were announced as part of the annual Cisco Networking Academy Conference held at the company’s San Jose, Calif., campus.

"These awards provide international recognition of the hard work and dedication of Inver Hills faculty and staff in creating an elite program, and recognize the important role the college plays in the Cisco Networking Academy," Inver Hills dean of science technology, engineering & mathematics Kevin Gyolai said in a press statement. "Together, Inver Hills and the Cisco Networking Academy are creating the model for 21st Century I.T. training."

Henninger and Franske were on hand at the June conference to accept their awards, as were Gyolai and Tim Flug, who represents business development and technology for the Center for Professional and Workforce Development.

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