IT Innovation Leadership Award presented to Bay Area partnership

IT Innovation Summit Sacramento – IT Innovation Leadership Award presented to Bay Area partnership

Representatives from Irvington High School Information Technology Academy, Ohlone Community College and Cisco were honored for leadership and innovation in Information Technology (IT) in California by the non-profit association for Web professionals and its initiative to promote jobs, innovation and productivity in California.

Clint Johns, Information Technology Academy Coordinator, Irvington High School; Richard Grotegut, Professor at Ohlone College, and John Bjerke, West Region Area Academy Manager for the Cisco Systems Network Academy Program, accepted the award. Gary Page, Consultant for the California Department of Education and Advisory Board Member of the initiative presented the award noting their distinguished leadership in establishing partnerships and methods to establish career pathways for students.

IT Innovators Award

Gary Page CDE Presents Clint Johns and Richard Grotegut's IT Innovators Award

Under Grotegut’s direction, Ohlone College, Irvington High School, and Mission Valley ROP established the first career pathway in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in California. The pathway is based on strong educational support provided by John Bjerke through the Cisco Network Academy Program. The Cisco Networking Academy program enables seamless educational career pathways between secondary and postsecondary institutions by using curricula aligned to national and state standards for math, language arts, and technology and industry certifications. By providing a clearly defined program of study that is aligned between high school and college, students interested in an ICT career can achieve their academic and career goals.

In these tough economic times, California continues to lead the way in IT Innovation. I am pleased to recognize and honor these individuals and the organizations they represent for their commitment, excellence and service to residents of California, said Bill Cullifer, Executive Director and Chair of the initiative.
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