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College Receives CISCO Systems "Relevance Award"


Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services

(718) 997-5597

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593


-- Eighty-five Percent of QC’s CISCO Regional Training Academy Graduates
Are Placed in Well-Paid Computer Jobs --

FLUSHING, N.Y., July 19, 2006 -- Queens College (QC)’s CISCO Regional Training Academy, which consists of 21 local computer networking academies, recently won the CISCO Systems Relevance Award for helping students successfully make the transition from the classroom to careers in technology. The college’s regional academy beat out nearly 8,000 schools to win this prestigious national award.

Under its Continuing Education Program (CEP), the college has collaborated since July 2002 with CISCO Systems, the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, to train network specialists, IT technicians, engineers and professionals in the skills needed for these jobs. After successfully completing the CISCO course(s) and receiving certification, nearly 85% of the graduates from the QC Academy have been hired by such leading companies as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Verizon, Cablevision, and Time Warner.

“I am proud of the recognition we have received from CISCO as a role model for other regional and local academies,” said Ruby Chua, Queens College’s Director of Technology Training, who developed and expanded the CISCO curricula and the number of academies under QC’s auspices. “It’s also rewarding for Queens College to show how with limited resources we were able to enhance students’ skills, identify employment opportunities and build business relationships. These relationships helped generate grant funding for our academy so that more people who seek new careers or who wish to re-enter the job market could participate in this training.”

For additional information on CISCO courses or to obtain a CEP catalog, please call:
718-997-5700 or go online to

Founded in 1937, Queens College offers an exceptional liberal arts curriculum, with over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs and a variety of specialized honors programs. Located on a beautiful, 77-acre campus in Flushing, the college enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. In fact, Queens College ranked #8 among 81
public and private colleges included in the 2006 Princeton Review America’s Best Value Colleges, a ranking reserved for colleges with outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages and relatively low costs. Queens College’s nearly 17,000 students come from more than 140 nations and speak scores of languages, creating an extraordinarily diverse and welcoming environment. Among freshmen, 44 percent were born outside the U.S. mainland. A majority of students work full- or part-time, and 44 percent of undergraduates are first-generation college students.


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