Santa Fe College showcases new computer labs Oct. 2

Santa Fe College recently made major upgrades to the instructional labs for its Networking Systems Technology program and will show off the new facility during an open house Thursday, Oct. 2.

“The labs have been redone top to bottom to support our program’s newly restructured curriculum,” said Jorge Ibanez, Program Director for Information Technology Education.  “The space has been redesigned to create a new collaborative learning environment using new technologies and teaching tools.”

The Network Systems Technology program offers hands-on, lab-based training, allowing students to use the skills they learn in the program to develop real world solutions. Keeping the learning environment up-to-date offers the best possible educational experience to students in the program.

The open house will take place Thursday, Oct. 2 from noon – 2 p.m. to celebrate the re-opening of the completely renovated computer lab. The facility is located in Building K, room 005 on SF’s Northwest Campus, 3000 NW 83rd St.

A visiting Cisco curriculum development team will be available for informal conversations with students and visitors concerning new developments in the Cisco Academy curriculum at Santa Fe College.

“Right now we are a certified Cisco training academy and the upgrade to these labs will allow us to expand our offerings and keep them in line with the Cisco standards,” Ibanez said.

The renovation of the labs coincides with three new courses in SF’s Network Services Technology program that began at the start of fall term in August. Two of the courses were developed as part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Cybersecurity Development grant.

For more information on the open house or the Cisco Academy at Santa Fe College, please contact Jorge Ibanez at 352-395-5979.