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Running an Academy - Motivations & Challenges. Gratitude Kudyachete, [email protected] Manager - SSA CATC. Agenda. Motivations Challenges Possible Solutions to Challenges. Motivations. Motivations. In your Groups , discuss the following:

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agenda
Agenda
  • Motivations
  • Challenges
  • Possible Solutions to Challenges
motivations1
Motivations
  • In your Groups , discuss the following:
    • What were the original reasons for your Institution becoming a Cisco Networking Academy ?
    • Have these changed with time? If so , what are the new reasons?
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Motivations
  • Alignment with educational mandate
    • Expand existing programmes
  • Meet national/regional capacity building objectives in ICT
  • Engagement /Community service:
    • Underserved communities
    • Disadvantaged members of society
  • Meet skills needs of industry
    • Enhance job opportunities for student
  • Distinguish from other institutions offering other programmes – something new!
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Motivations
  • Practical component for Academic programme
  • Rich content and teaching tools to enrich academic programme offerings (Integration)
  • Bridge Digital Divide
  • A programme mapping to international certifications
  • A tool to assist in providing professional development to staff
  • Raise staff who can support IT infrastructure & operations
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Motivations
  • International benchmarking with up to date course content
  • Availability of teaching & learning tools - Online resources for presentation & assessments, packet tracer
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Challenges
  • List the challenges that members have faced as Cisco Academies?
  • What are the top three challenges for your group?
  • Of the top two challenges, let one academy explain the efforts that it has already made to address the challenge?
  • What are the recommendations of other group members to solve the top two challenges?
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Challenges
  • Equipment
    • Upgrading equipment
  • Instructors
    • Training – adequacy, scheduling, cost
    • Retention
    • Remuneration
    • Getting full time instructors ,getting the right instructors
  • Organizational Structure & roles
  • Management Support – little support, red tape
  • Support – parent/child
    • Adequacy of received or rendered support
    • Support Fees
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Challenges
  • Curriculum integration
  • Curriculum changes
    • New curriculum
    • Upgrades
    • Training
  • Infrastructure
    • Labs , class room allocations
    • Computers
    • Internet access
  • Job placement/internship for academy graduates
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Challenges
  • Marketing
    • Growing your student numbers
    • Publicity for academy activities
    • Recruiting LAs
  • Financial planning & management
  • Community Outreach
  • Supporting the Gender Initiative
  • Quality
    • Maintaining quality
    • Providing/Receiving quality support
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Challenges
  • Attending Meetings – webinars
  • Accreditation for academic institutions
  • Cheating (few forms available, unchanging questions)
  • Discounts of Networking Academy equipment not felt by some institutions because of the middle man.
  • Understanding Academy curricula ( Working with both Discovery & Exploration)
  • Time for training
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