The Cisco Networking Academy is partnering with colleges and universities across Michigan to offer new curriculum designed to train students for emerging careers in Health Information Technology.

As part of its Workforce Retraining Initiative, 8 schools across 12 campuses will offer the course, Health Information Networking, giving students the opportunity to gain marketable skills in one of the strongest job growth areas in the United States. The initiative is also seeking participation from employers to offer IT internships as part of the retraining effort.

The eight schools offering health IT curriculum in the fall of 2010 and winter 2011 include Baker College, Davenport University, Henry Ford Community College, Oakland Community College, Lake Michigan College, Mid Michigan Community College, Northwestern Michigan College and Washtenaw Community College.

Other Networking Academy locations in Michigan will continue to offer general IT education applicable to broadband technology careers, including the classes CCNA Discovery, CCNA Exploration, and CCNA Security.

Cisco Networking Academy is actively seeking the support of Michigan employers to provide internship opportunities for its IT students and graduates. For employers, the Networking Academy highly skilled pool of talent provides immediate benefits.

Craig Perry, director of human resources at Netarx, confirmed the value of the training, saying that “Netarx steadily recruits quality Cisco Networking Academy candidates for entry and mid-level positions.  Academy students are prepared not only with academic knowledge, but also with practical hands-on experience that allows each student to build confidence and increase their chances of obtaining employment upon graduation. Cisco does a fantastic job of keeping the curriculum fresh and relevant to today’s complex network infrastructures.”

To learn more about Networking Academy’s healthcare and IT curricula in Michigan, visit or contact the schools directly. And for more information about providing internships to students, contact

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