David Tsulaia's path to success began at the Networking Academy at Georgian Technical University

David Tsulaia earned a college degree in finance, yet he always maintained an interest in and talent for computer science. He taught himself information technology (IT) skills by reading books and "consulting" the Internet, where he stumbled upon the world of networking technology. When he discovered the Cisco Networking Academy program "right under his nose" at Georgian Technical University in Tbilisi, his future career path became clear.

Classroom Success Translates to Workplace Leadership

Tsulaia's path eventually led to the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, where he worked as the chief IT specialist and administered the agency's network and server farm (a group of networked servers in one location). He says the ministry used all Cisco devices, including an ASA firewall. "This was an incredible opportunity that I exploited as much as possible," Tsulaia says of that work experience. "I gained great experience with network security, Quality of Service, and Unix. All of them became my main interest." Driven to learn as much as he can about network technology, Tsulaia is working toward his Cisco CCNA Security and Cisco CCNP certifications. Today he is the Network Administrator for the Central Election Commission of Georgia.

Former Student Now Trains Future Networking Professionals

Despite the demands of his job, Tsulaia continues to be involved with Networking Academy—as an instructor at the very same academy that helped him gain his networking skills. "Teaching is a blessing," he says. "It feels incredible to help other people to learn IT and achieve their goals. I will definitely continue my cooperation with Cisco and Networking Academy." Tsulaia currently teaches Cisco CCNA Discovery and Exploration at Georgian Technical University; he will soon begin teaching Cisco CCNA Security, helping students develop the skills needed to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices.