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Meet Mr. Urmston

About the Program

CISCO Networking Academy is a one year program that prepares students with entry-level IT skills focusing on computer maintenance, diagnostics, and repair. For more information, click on the "CISCO Networking Academy Program Page" link in the blue box to the right. 


About the Instructor

  • Instructor at ROC since 2001.
  • California teaching credential in CTE Information Technology.
  • BS, Information Systems, Brigham Young University – Hawaii.
  • Kern County Teacher of the Year, Jim Burke Education Foundation, 2012.
  • NCWIT* Central California Teacher of the Year, 2014.
  • CISCO Certified Instructor, CompTIA A+ Certification, and Calif. Business Educator Assoc. member.
  • CTE Mentor Teacher for Kern High School District.
  • Assistant Girls Swim Coach, Liberty High School.
  • Previously worked at PBVSD as a Network Technician and B&B Surplus as a Systems Administrator.
  • Married, father of four, active in his church, and participates in endurance athletics (triathlon, marathon).
 * National Center for Women & Information Technology
Pizza Time!
On October 3rd, the Cisco Networking Academy hosted a pizza sale to support their club. Pizzas were sold during every break and many students purchased their own slice of joy. Along with their purchase of slice, a cup of fruitful punch was accompanied with it. The funds collected were later used to support another event.
On Oct 13th, the Cisco Networking Academy supported the (Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center) CBCC Dignity Health 5k run/walk. Everyone volunteered and assisted the event. Several were in charge of managing stands, such as the T-Shirt stand. At the event, we gave hope to fellow survivors such as our very own Liz Menchaca.
“I was diagnosed at age 37 with breast cancer, and I went through the process of a cancer patient. I was blessed to have an excellent support group, ‘Links for Life’, I call them my ‘Pink Chikas Sisterhood’. Even after the challenges, I ended up at Regional Occupation Center to expand my skill set and get another chance to improve myself. Don’t ever give up, life is too short to waste.” -Liz Menchaca
Spooky Halloween Photo Shoot

On Halloween, the Cisco Networking Class hosted a Spooky Photo Shoot. Also during the breaks, we arranged the Halloween Costume Contest. Many people went into the contest trying to win, however what stole the show was a little critter, dressed as a shark. What a manner of bring joy and humor on our very own campus. Thanks for the support from the ROC community.

The Contest Winners
Veteran's Flag Day

Are you willing to give your life up for a dream? For a better hope for the future? Well, that’s exactly what the veterans of war did. They sacrificed all that they knew to support and protect this Nation. Stripped for their vey comfort that we enjoy on a daily basis and take for granted. To show appreciation to those who served in the Military, Cisco Networking Academy placed flags on the outskirt of the ROC campus. With every flag, we pay our respects.

Feeding the Community with Education

On November 13th, ROC hosted a dinner sale at the Outback Steakhouse. All the funds from this fundraiser were given to SkillsUSA to support our students. We appreciate those who support our event, and had lots of joy feeding the community. At the purchase of $15, you were given a 5 oz chicken breast, a 4 oz Sirloin Steak, garlic mashed potatoes, a cesar salad, and a loaf of honey wheat bread. An excellent dinner for the price.

Much thanks to Lori Hart and the Outback Staff for helping making this dinner a success.

Computers 4 Kids
The Cisco Networking Academy, with the help of generous donations from ARRC Technology, was able to bless the lives of some local elementary school children.  ARRC technology donated 20 full Computer systems and the Cisco Networking Academy students went to work finding some children to give them to.  Students Liz Menchaca, Carina Lauricio, and Noah Sims spearheaded the effort and the day was a great success. Students from two elementary schools, Palla and Kendrick, were chosen and the computers were presented on the 31st of January. 
Interview Day at the ROC
Each year at the ROC, local business partners come to campus to interview each ROC student.  This has been a ROC tradition that gives each student an opportunity to take part in a real-world job interview.  The students are nervous at first, but as they see the other students dressed in business attire and go through the interview, the nerves go away and they get to enjoy the day.
One of our business partners, Grapevine MSP, was not only here to give the students this experience, but was looking for employees. This year they were impressed with many of the students and officially offered a job to one.
Congratulations to Ryan Shaddy!