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ECC, Ingram Micro to team for student certification near North Campus

Thursday, June 13, 2013

WILLIAMSVILLE — Erie Community College’s Cisco Networking Academy Program has partnered with Williamsville’s Ingram Micro to offer networking certification courses at Ingram Micro’s Northtowns campus.

The courses will take place within the 3,400-square-foot state-of-the-art Solution Center in Ingram Micro’s Western New York headquarters. The Solution Center showcases working technology solutions from leading manufacturers such as Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Microsoft. Technology deployed in the center, which opened in 2005, includes servers, storage arrays, security appliances, surveillance cameras, digital signage and telepresence, as well as other cutting-edge technology offerings that meet needs of individual consumers and the largest corporations. Exposure to such resources will not only help train local students, but help Ingram form an advantageous partnership with a community leader in career-focused education.

“Being able to share our expertise and our facilities with a local community college is a win-win situation for Ingram Micro and the community,” says Fran Murello, who oversees the Solution Centers in Buffalo and the Ingram Micro Santa Ana office. “Engaging in our community is something we feel strongly about, and in this case, the partnership with the Erie Community College has developed into one that allows us to help advance technology education in our region. With so many career opportunities in the technology industry, we have high hopes for the future of these students and we’re proud to play a role in that.”

The Cisco Networking Academy is a comprehensive e-learning program that provides students with the information technology skills essential in a global economy. The Networking and Telecommunications Technology Department, located at ECC’s South Campus, began offering Cisco Networking Academy CCNA coursework in 2002, offering training classes designed for working adults. Now, by partnering with Ingram Micro, the program will have a presence near the college’s North Campus.

“ECC has submitted to and awaits approval from SUNY and the New York State Department of Education for a one-year Network Support Specialist Certificate for 24-26 credits,” said Richard Washousky, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at Erie Community College. “Students taking these certification courses off-site at Ingram Micro can apply them to the certificate and the AAS degree in Networking and Telecommunications Technology.”

The Networking Academy program delivers Web-based content, online assessment, student performance tracking, hands-on labs, instructor training and support. The program also prepares individuals for industry-standard certifications like Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT), Cisco Certified Network Associates (CCNA), Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), and CompTIA A+.

For more information on the partnership or how students can become involved, call James Stranz, program coordinator for the Cisco Networking Academy at ECC, at (716) 851-1737 or send e-mail to stranz@ecc.edu.


Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.


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