Networking instructor receives leadership award

Bob Samson, 2017 Cisco Network Academy Above and Beyond Award recipientBob Samson, 2017 Cisco Network Academy Above and Beyond Award recipient MESA, Ariz. – April 30, 2018 – Bob Samson, the program director and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) lead instructor at the Mesa Community College Networking Academy, was recognized with the 2017 Cisco Network Academy Above and Beyond Award. This award recognizes instructors who make a sustainable and positive impact in the classroom and in their communities.

Each year, instructors are nominated from their regions based on how they demonstrate leadership and innovation, promote student engagement and make a sustainable impact in the community. Examples include volunteering, organizing or helping students prepare for competitions, localizing and translating Networking Academy courses, and other activities that serve the vision of Cisco Networking Academy.

“Bob’s dedication to his students and profession make him very qualified for this noteworthy award,” said Dr. Linda Collins, chair, MCC Department of Business and Information Systems. “His expertise and passion enrich our students and community. Our college is extremely fortunate to have him contribute his experience to the Networking Academy.”

Out of several thousand North American instructors, Samson is one of only four to be recognized with the award.

Samson has been a Cisco instructor at MCC for 15 years, teaching security, CCNA, and CompTIA A+. He also does 'train-the-trainer' classes and has taught over 400 other instructors in the CCNA curriculum. Samson has developed several Packet Tracer lab activities that have been shared nationally among Cisco Networking Academies. He sponsors student teams in local technology competitions and also serves as vice-president of the board of directors for Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology (StRUT).

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Publication Date: 
Monday, April 30, 2018