Cisco recently announced that the Cisco Networking Academy has enrolled its 1 millionth concurrent student for the first time. An example of cloud-based education delivery, the Networking Academy teaches students how to design, build, troubleshoot, and secure computer networks for increased access to career and economic opportunities — in communities all around the world.
In partnership with educational institutions, government administrations and community based organizations, the Networking Academy delivers information and communications technology (ICT) education through in-classroom learning combined with innovative cloud-based curricula and tools to prepare students for careers in the global networked economy.
How Investment Fuels New Job Opportunities
Telecom service provider investment creates demand for new employee talent, which is a global phenomenon. As an example, telecommunications companies should contribute to job creation — given the huge growth in their market, according to the Minister of Communications for South Africa, Roy Padayachie.
“We seek to guarantee that ICTs [information and communications technology] will make [a] substantive contribution as an enabler for economic growth and the creation of new jobs and skills amongst our people as we strengthen the foundation for a knowledge-based economy,” he said.
Empowering Women with ICT Knowledge and Skills
International Women’s Day 2011 was held on March 8. The theme this year was “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.” The UN Secretary-General’s message included the following comment:
“This year’s observance of International Women’s Day focuses on equal access to education, training and science and technology. Cell phones and the Internet, for example, can enable women to improve the health and well-being of their families, take advantage of income-earning opportunities, and protect themselves from exploitation and vulnerability. Access to such tools, backed up by education and training, can help women to break the cycle of poverty, combat injustice and exercise their rights.”
Moreover, ICT skills training can really effect change in women’s personal lives.
In the following video clip, Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Cisco, discusses the impact of the Cisco Networking Academy. After being absent from the classroom, take a guess at how six very determined women performed.