I don't know what is sadder, that this lady spent six years at a two year community college getting the CCNA or that I am a bit too familiar with training programs in high schools, tech centers, cert farms, what have you....
Seriously, this woman is a prime example of the boneheaded ideas floating around out there about professional education for IT folks. Company A wants to increase brainshare and prestige and revenue and makes up bogus training course for a Company Certified Technician. Of course, training course is in the thousands of dollars. Of course, the certification expires in a set amount of time because "you have to keep up to date" and thusly ensuing a revenue stream far into the future. Of couse, the training course discusses only the Company's method of doing things and little, if any practical knowledge. Of course, HR and supervisors start looking for the cert on people's resumes. And finally, of course, because of all of these onetary/time/practical investments that clients and individuals make into this bogus training course, Company A has succeeded in gaining brainshare for a training program which is nearly worthless.
[Any references in the above to real and actual training programs are completely intentional...]
Here's hoping that this Democratic Senator will run for President in 2004.