Top students from the United States and Canada are named to the “Dream Team” – and given the chance to gain real-world experience setting up massive networks at high-profile events like the NBA Draft. Dream Team members gain hands-on experience working under the direction of professional networking engineers. Students are nominated to the Dream Team by their Networking Academy instructors. This Dream Team included two students and one instructor and assisted the NBA IT staff in different areas. Prior to the event, they set up wireless access points, switches and internet telephones in the conference center and nearby hotels. Then they provided help desk support and network troubleshooting during the event.
“This is a wonderful professional experience” said Mr. Grele, “The Dream Team gives a company's employees an opportunity to mentor students and offer valuable learning opportunities. I am proud to have been selected to be the instructor for this project and work alongside engineers giving the students a chance to learn the behind-the-scenes workings for the event”.
County Prep’s Cisco Networking Academy develops the skills students need to thrive in a digital economy and prepares students for entry-level IT jobs, with extensive online learning resources as well as state of the art lab equipment for a hands-on practical learning experience.