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Cisco Teams with The White House to Retrain American Heroes

Thousands of U.S. military personnel who have risked their lives in war have built technical, leadership and other skills while abroad. Despite risking life and limb, finding employment is a battle they’re often not prepared to fight alone. The realities of seeking employment that set in when veterans return stateside can be daunting.Cisco Teams with The White House to Retrain American Heroes

That’s why today we are joining forces with The White House, North Carolina-based Futures Inc., and key learning partners to aid veterans and service members who are transitioning out of the military.

Both Cisco and Futures Inc. are playing key roles in the pilot announced today with The White House directed at pairing transitioning military with high-demand IT jobs. We are honored to assume the lead in rallying the IT sector behind the initiative, known as the IT Training and Certification Pilot. This program takes advantage of Cisco’s WebEx collaboration technology to enable service members to participate in virtual interviews and leverage its partner network to provide opportunities for training, networking and successful new careers.

In an effort to leverage the unique skills, experience, and qualifications that military personnel hold, we are working with our partners Global Knowledge to deliver ANSI-accredited Cisco Training and Pearson VUE to provide the corresponding Cisco certifications that will allow transitioning military personnel to prepare for Cisco CCNA® certification exams and other globally recognized industry certifications for participants. Through the opportunities provided by the training program, participants will receive fast track training and IT certifications that will help address the nation’s workforce gap in IT jobs. We are delighted to be one of several IT companies working with U.S. channel partners and suppliers encouraging them to hire and train veterans.

Cisco is committed to helping offer a brighter future for the individuals who put themselves at risk for our country.

To learn more, please visit: www.cisco.com/go/military.

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White House and IT Industry Partnership Prepares Servicemen and Women for the Workforce

Approximately 1.2 million armed forces personnel are expected to transition from the U.S. military to civilian life over the next several years, with as many as 300,000 in the next 12 months.  Many of these veterans will look to move quickly into the next phase of their careers and need to find fulfilling jobs that will enable them to build upon their military experience and support themselves and their families. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 10.1 percent jobless rate for post 9/11 veterans and exceeding 30 percent for veterans ages 18-24. It is imperative that, as a country, we come together to fix this. We must provide the training, certifications and jobs that our veterans have earned and deserve.

As an example of what we hope public private partnerships will do for our veterans who have given so much for our country, I look at Courtney Beard, a Cisco employee, who transitioned from active duty Air Force service in September 2011 with very little IT training. Coming from a family with a long history of military service, she knew at a young age that she would serve her country but she did not think much about what life would look like after she returned home. Highly skilled, and capable of excelling in the most difficult of circumstances, she still faced challenges finding a meaningful job aligned with her future goals; the process included resume critiques, regular attendance at job fairs, and participating in the Warrior to Cyber Warrior training and mentorship program with other veterans.

People like Courtney are the driving force behind the White House IT Training and Certification Program – an initiative to help transitioning military personnel make the difficult shift to the civilian workforce by obtaining the necessary training and certifications needed for high demand IT jobs.  Debuted today by First Lady Michelle Obama, the program – in partnership with Joining Forces and the President’s Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force – will actively engage 1,000 transitioning military personnel in training, certification and career resources. The concept and platform behind the program was developed with leadership from Cisco and Futures, Inc. This public-private partnership exemplifies business and government working together to make a difference in our economy, our businesses and our country.

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Raise Your Hand

“Raise your hand!” It’s what we all have to do in order to grow our careers, gain new opportunities, and take on different experiences. Sometimes opportunities come to us without us doing anything, but most of the time, opportunities come across our plate because in someway or another, we raised our hands. We may have had a conversation about what we wanted to do with a mentor, or taken a class that seemed interesting, or directly said, ‘hey, I’m interested.’ Regardless, if we don’t raise our hands then we certainly won’t ever get selected for a new project, new job, or any new opportunities for growth. Read More »

Five Macro Trends that Benefit from Broadband Investment

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By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist

Much of the recent business and economic news has been uncertain, regarding the outlook for renewed growth. But I’ve been thinking positively about the upside opportunities for progress.

Let me indulge in a bit of crystal-ball gazing. The telecommunications industry spends a lot of time focusing on deploying broadband for current applications. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see that there are at least a handful of macroeconomic trends that are either going to boost broadband adoption — or wither because there isn’t enough broadband available.

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Girls at 80 Cisco Offices Learn About Careers in Technology

April 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm PST

April 25 was International Girls in ICT Day, a global event held on the fourth Thursday in April each year to help inspire girls to consider a future in technology. The number of girls and young women opting to study technology-related disciplines is on the decline in most countries worldwide.

In only its third year, Girls in ICT Day continues to gain global momentum. This year, events hosted by governments, private sector companies, and nonprofits took place in more than 100 countries.

Cisco is committed to championing the important role a career in technology can play in creating far-reaching opportunities for women and girls. Eighty Cisco offices held Girls in ICT Day events in 60 counties.

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