Tech CorpsÐthe national non-profit dedicated to advancing technology in educationÐhas chosen John P. Morgridge, chairman of the board of Cisco Systems, Inc., to receive its 1998 Leadership in Technology Award.

Cisco has been supporting education since 1991. Under the guidance of Morgridge, the company created one of the first web sites devoted to educational resources, organized a grants program that annually awards half a million dollars to schools for the implementation of technology, and sponsored NetDay’s efforts to wire schools.

Most recently, Cisco has developed Networking Academies to teach and certify high school and college students to design, build, and maintain computer networks. Students who complete the four-semester curriculum and pass the certification testing are qualified to work in the information technology field, the company said. Networking Academies operate in nearly 200 schools and in 18 states across the country, Cisco reported.

Tech Corps founder Gary Beach announced the award at a ceremony in

Washington, D.C., on March 25.