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SPC Computer Networking Students Explore Digital Future at Cisco Live Conference

Group photo of SPC students attending event

Some lucky St. Petersburg College computer networking students got to attend the annual Cisco Live conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando this summer.

Among those students were Melissa Zelaya and Lindsay Weber, named winners of the IT Management Scholarship for Women in Technology. This allowed them to attend the June conference at no cost to them or the college.

SPC student winners of the IT Management Scholarship on stage at the Cisco Live conference

What is the Cisco Live conference?

Cisco Live is Cisco’s annual customer and partner conference where participants build the foundation for their digital future. Participants transform their outlook, career, and potential by learning directly from Cisco’s best and brightest.

Throughout the week, participants attended seminars, discussions, and keynotes with IT leaders from around the country. They also had the opportunity to speak on stage in front of more than 1,800 IT leaders to talk about “The Multiplier Effect,” a pledge Cisco has taken to create and multiply diversity in the technology industry.

Professor Michael Gordon with SPC Students at the Cisco Live conference
Talking about the event, Melissa (right) said, “Thank you again for the opportunity. So much has already come out of it; sponsorship, another internship, and a possible job.”

Others from SPC attending the event were a group of 10 video production students from SPC’s Digital Media program. They filmed and edited footage from the event for Cisco.

The lucky student participants would like to thank SPC computer networking instructors Mike Gordon, Cedric Way and Stephen Marcinek for helping to coordinate and ensure the success of this trip.

Prepare for your career in Computer Networking

SPC offers an Associate in Science degree and focused certificates in computer networking that will prepare you for software and network support positions in the IT field. The degree will allow you to enter the job market or pursue further study, including SPC’s bachelor’s degree in Technology Management. As a part of the A.S. degree, you complete an internship, providing invaluable experience for your career.

Learn more about SPC’s Computer Networking program.

Technology career and degree exploration event June 19-22

students working on technology

Interested in exploring a technology career? St. Petersburg College will host a Career and Academic Communities Fair on June 19-22.

Explore technology career options at June 19-21 Career and Academic Community FairDuring this event, held over four days on eight SPC campuses, you can explore a technology career while you learn more about SPC’s 10 Career and Academic Communities.

Current SPC students as well as anyone considering going to college to prepare for a technology career can get started at this event.  During the event, you can:

  • Learn about technology career options and the degrees and certificates SPC offers
  • Meet with SPC faculty and academic and career advisors from each community
  • Find answers to your questions

What is a Career and Academic Community?

SPC has organized 10 Career and Academic Communities that group similar majors  so you’ll benefit from advisors with specific knowledge about the degrees and career options of your program, personal connections with faculty, relationships with other SPC students pursing the same career path.

If you choose an technology career or another path, SPC will make sure you take the right classes in the right order so you can graduate on time, ready to enter the workforce.

Explore technology career options

During the event, visit the Technology Community table, where you’ll see live hardware demonstrations and meet our faculty in the College of Computer and Information Technology, and discuss our exciting programs such as:

Technology Certifications

Ask about our Cisco, Java, Linuz Microsoft, Comp TIA and JavaScript industry certifications. At SPC the exam certification fees in networking, programming and security are covered.

Still unsure about which major is right for you. Attend the event on June 19-22 or visit our Technology Community online to watch videos, view job and salary information,  learn about scholarships and other ways you can pay for your technology degree.