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Running an Academy - Motivations & Challenges. Gratitude Kudyachete, catcmanager@ssacatc.co.za Manager - SSA CATC. Agenda. Motivations Challenges Possible Solutions to Challenges. Motivations. Motivations. In your Groups , discuss the following:

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Running an academy motivations challenges

Running an Academy - Motivations & Challenges

Gratitude Kudyachete, catcmanager@ssacatc.co.za

Manager - SSA CATC


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?


Motivations2
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!


Motivations3
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


Motivations4
Motivations

  • International benchmarking with up to date course content

  • Availability of teaching & learning tools - Online resources for presentation & assessments, packet tracer



Challenges1
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?


Challenges2
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


Challenges3
Challenges

  • Curriculum integration

  • Curriculum changes

    • New curriculum

    • Upgrades

    • Training

  • Infrastructure

    • Labs , class room allocations

    • Computers

    • Internet access

  • Job placement/internship for academy graduates


Challenges4
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


Challenges5
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