SCC Awarded Cisco’s Premier+ Partner Status for Academy Support and Instructor Training

IT Academy Team

Pictured from left to right standing: Instructors Nick Huneycutt, Sylvia Lewis and Brian Crump. Seated: Instructor Brandon Crump and Kelly Caudle. Not pictured: Instructors Gonda Watson and Frank Lambert, and Registration Coordinator Rita Lykke-Elium.


Recently, at the North American Cisco Partner Conference in Toronto, Canada, Stanly Community College (SCC) Academy Support Center (ASC) was awarded Premier+ Academy status for 2018- 2019 for the fourth year in a row. The award is given for outstanding contributions to the continued success of the students and instructors of Cisco Networking Academy.

Additionally, SCC's Instructor Training Center (ITC) was awarded Premier+ status for 2018-2019 for the second year in a row (awards for ITC’s have only been available for the past two years). This award is given for exemplary training and support of the instructors for Cisco Networking Academy.

Kelly Caudle, SCC Program Head for both the Academy Support Center and Instructor Training Center, stated, “On behalf of the entire ASC/ITC team I would like to thank Cisco for choosing SCC to receive Premier+ Partner awards. I work with an amazing team that continuously strives to deliver the highest quality training to our students. Please join me in thanking Rita Chrane, Brandon Crump, Brian Crump, Nick Huneycutt, Frank Lambert, Sylvia Lewis, Rita Lykke and Gonda Watson for all they do to make our ASC/ITC so successful.”

The Cisco Networking Academy program is an e-learning model that teaches networking and other information technology skills utilizing web-based educational content, online testing, student performance tracking, hands-on labs and instructor training and support. 

The Academy began at Stanly Community College in the Fall of 1998. From its inception, the Academy has been involved in teaching student classes locally, providing instructor training classes and offering support for other Cisco Academies.

The SCC team currently serves 140 Cisco Networking Academies in high schools, community colleges and universities throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

ITC offers Cisco Network Academy instructor training in an online, blended distance-learning format. Classes utilize Webex for instructor interaction and Netlabs for class labs. SCC also provides Fast Track testing and classes for both Cisco Certified Network Associate and Cisco Certified Network Professional. Moreover, SCC’s local classes allow Stanly County residents to obtain advanced information technology training.

For more information about the Academy Support Center or Instructor Training Center, please contact Kelly Caudle at (704) 991-0346, or visit the College website at