Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Free Cisco Training To Michiganders

Southfield Firm Offers Free Cisco Training To Michiganders

Southfield-based Computer Data Inc. has announced a "Michigan Promise," a program designed to provide free computer training to the citizens of Michigan.

This program is intended for highly motivated IT professionals that want to achieve their Cisco Certified Network Associate certification in a short period.

"CCNA certification is an example of the type of high technology training that will help the state of Michigan develop a 21st Century economy and will leverage the state’s single best asset – the minds of its citizens." Computer Data president Jim Weyand said. "This certification was designed by Cisco to demonstrate the ability to implement and manage internetworks which are used by every business. These skills can be used to support networks across Michigan, across the United States and even across the world. This training can be the foundation for additional training that can lead to an extremely well-paid and rewarding career."

Under the Promise Program, students should register and pay for a CCNA five-day class, either March 2-6 in the Lansing area or March 9-13 in Southfield. Pass your CCNA exam by June 30 and Computer Data will immediately refund your full class tuition of $3,295.

The program is available for Michigan residents only.

Computer Data officials say they've been headquartered in Michigan for more than 25 years, but that the majority of the company's Cisco training is now outside Michigan. Company officials say they'd like to increase the number of Cisco Certified technicians in Michigan.

The brother and sister team of Jim Weyand and Kathy Murphy has owned and operated Computer Data, Inc. since 1983. Weyand said, "We grew up in Michigan, our parents lived here, our grandparents lived here, we were educated here and now our children are being educated here; we have founded and grown a business here and now, with the state facing unprecedented trouble, we want to give something back." Murphy continued, "When I travel to other states I often visit large Network Operations Centers that support global networks. There is no reason that Centers like these can’t be located in Michigan. A trained work force is the first step to attracting and growing these kinds of facilities in Michigan."

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