This Friday and Saturday, 14th and 15th September 2012, respectively, will be challenging days for me, and will count among two of the most physically demanding days of my life. On Thursday evening I will join my Cisco colleagues taking part in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain (or RAB as we call it), to raise funds for the Paralympics GB team. I’ll forsake my desk and comfortable chair, and over Friday and Saturday, I will cycle 238 miles (close to 400km!), including over 11,000 feet (over 3,300m) of climbing, from just outside Glasgow, in the west of Scotland, to Fort William, and then on to Kyle of Sutherland, which is around 40 miles north of Inverness.
On Thursday and Friday evening, I will join the camps -- yes, tents in a field, no luxury hotels here!! -- as you can see from my short video from last year’s RAB camp at one of the stages.
This post was written by Steve Vann, a military recruiter at Cisco
Vernon Bennett is a shining example of Cisco’s initiative to hire military veterans. Vernon spent more than 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard and also has years of experience in the civilian sector: a combination that is desirable to Cisco’s recruiters and hiring managers.
As a military recruiter for Cisco, I work with veterans across the United States, helping them find job opportunities at our company. I typically cater to two types of veterans: those just transitioning out of the military who are a great fit for many entry-level roles, and those who have been out of the military for a while and have developed civilian skills.
A few weeks ago, a flurry of emails crossed my desk. Vernon’s résumé was attached and he was looking for a role with Cisco in our Research Triangle Park, North Carolina office. Recruiters, hiring managers, veteran employees, and members of our Veterans Enablement and Troop Support Employee Resource Group all wanted to contact him – both because he had just the right combination of civilian and military skills and because our veteran employees are always looking for opportunities to support our veterans.
At Cisco, our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy centers on a simple question: How can we use the power of the Internet to benefit individuals and communities? More often than not, the answer involves collaborating with other organizations-- nonprofits, government agencies, or healthcare facilities, for example--to multiply the impact technology can have.
I’d like to introduce you to one of those partners: One Global Economy. This Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit provides people in underserved communities with greater access to technology, Internet connectivity, online content--and the training and support to use it all.
The 2012 Summer Olympics are underway in London, and Cisco is there as the official network infrastructure supporter. But delivering voice, video, and data traffic for London 2012 is only the starting point of our involvement.
By the time we reach the finish line, we hope to foster Science, Technology, Education, and Math (STEM) skills in young people and cultivate entrepreneurship and innovation in the UK’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector.
Encouraging highly successful nonprofits to collaborate with each other on shared goals can often be a challenge. Part of their success hinges on laser-like execution of their own program and on getting results. But occasionally, two programs are so complementary that the combination greatly magnifies what they could ever achieve on their own. Cisco has been a longtime partner and supporter of bothCity Year, an education-focused nonprofit working in underserved schools, and MIND Research Institute, provider of innovative math learning software. Both held admirably strong track records with their approaches. City Year places young volunteers in schools to assist with multi-subject tutoring, before, during, and after school, in a Whole School, Whole Child approach. City Year staff measure their results by tracking what they call the ABCs: attendance, behavior, and classroom performance in literacy and math.
Photo courtesy of City Year
MIND Research provides ST Math, a set of cloud-based learning games for K-12. These games are non-language based, which has helped students succeed in learning math regardless of their language of origin, gender, and even, in some cases, learning disabilities. Two years ago, it occurred to Cisco’s Community Relations lead, Ricardo Benavides, that combining the programs in the same underserved Alum Rock district schools in the San Jose, California area might lead to even better outcomes. Read More »