Community Colleges and Vocational Education

An Essential Element of Higher Education

Community colleges are an integral part of the education system, serving 6.5 million students - almost half of all college undergraduates - in the United States. They offer numerous benefits to the communities they serve, including:

  • Providing open and affordable access to postsecondary education
  • Equipping the workforce with vital skill sets for any number of industries
  • Allowing students to transfer to four-year institutions
  • Helping high school students transition into college

With their open admission requirements, community colleges have the unique capacity to educate non-traditional students and improve their chances in the job market. Distance education is critical to the long-term strategy of these institutions; more than half of all students enrolled in online courses are taking them at a community college.

Cisco and community colleges have a long history of collaboration and partnership. Cisco Networking Academy is deployed in four out of ten community colleges, delivering ICT skills to students in more than 700 community colleges in the United States.

Case Studies

Read stories about the transformation of community colleges into 21st century learning environments using Cisco solutions.

  • Enhancing Customer Service Acrobat PDF File (PDF - 236 KB)
    Western Technical College in Texas improves service and prepares for growth with Unified Communications.
  • Creating Eye-Catching Emergency Alerts
    The College of Southern Nevada distributes multimedia content and emergency notifications using the Digital Media System.
  • Developing a Self-Service Model Acrobat PDF File (PDF - 203 KB)
    Harper College creates a Data Center solution using Cisco ACE Application Control Engine Module.
  • Building a Reliable Multi-College Network Acrobat PDF File (PDF - 147 KB)
    Mississippi Board of Community Colleges takes steps to safeguard its network community using a Cisco security solution.

Relevant Solution Products

Administrative Efficiency
Streamline management and improve efficiency with these Cisco solutions.

Safety and Security
Keep the campus safe and maintain the integrity of your network.

  • Campus Physical Safety and Security

Next Generation Learning
Enhance learning, innovation, and collaboration in the campus community.

Cisco Networking Academy
Cisco Networking Academy educates the architects of the networked economy.
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