NCTC faculty honored by Cisco Networking Academy

Darin Allred | Apr 4, 2014

A pair of North Central Texas College networking faculty recently received Instructional Excellence recognition by the Cisco Networking Academy.

The Instructional Excellence award recognizes high-performing instructors globally, across all curricula.

Tom Jones, who teaches on the NCTC Flower mound campus, achieved Advanced Level recognition. He is in the top 25 percent of Cisco instructors globally. Jones has been teaching Cisco courses at NCTC for two years.

Doug Akins, an instructor on the NCTC Corinth campus, achieved Expert Level recognition. He is in the top 10 percent of Cisco instructors globally. He has been teaching Cisco courses at NCTC for more than 10 years and was the Dean of Applied Technologies from 2005-11.

The award recognizes achievements in the following areas: Participation in regional instructor Facebook sites and NetSpace "Share Ideas"; Participation in professional development opportunities; Attention to student needs, measured by satisfaction with lab facilitation and student interest in the course; Student performance on the first attempt of the final exam; and Instructor use of Cisco resources.

With 10,000 academies in 165 countries, the Cisco Networking Academy helps individuals prepare for industry-recognized certifications and entry-level information and communication technology (ICT) careers in virtually every type of industry. Students develop foundational skills in ICT while acquiring vital 21st-century career skills in problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking.

Tom Jones

Doug Akins