Keeping Up With the Times
A prevalent issue facing certification instructors today is the fact that their facilities do not have adequate equipment to train their students to the specified requirements for the certification itself. It seems that newer information technology industries such as convergence, voice over WLAN (VoWLAN), wired and wireless enterprise security, etc, also are the most neglected in classroom settings.
Obviously, it is not easy to keep up with or stay ahead of the ever-advancing technology world, but I think it is important that schools try their best to keep up with the times. Deans, administrators and instructors should all take it upon themselves to read the latest news on technologies and certification fervently, network with professionals in the IT field to see what new challenges they are facing and what employers are currently demanding from them, and continuously evaluate their curriculums, including the hands-on experience offered and, most importantly, the equipment used.
Seriously, how valuable is it to learn about the latest VoWLAN equipment if you are not actually operating the newest and latest tools in the classroom? It is important that schools stay as up-to-date as possible today, especially because we are living in a global and competitive marketplace. Instructors and even students should take the initiative and request for these upgrades so that newly certified professionals are confident in their skills and feel at ease, and know that they are at least parallel with the technology curve.