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Cisco Networking Academy Students Put IT and Networking Skills to the Test

Over the next three decades the demand for experienced IT professionals between the ages of 35 and 45 is expected to increase by 25 percent, while the supply will decrease by 15 percent. The proliferation of data centers, virtualization, collaboration and the increasing need for network and IT security expertise are driving demand for a more technically skilled workforce.

Since 1997 the Cisco Networking Academy has provided students around the world with the opportunity to develop the foundational information communication technology (ICT) skills needed to design, build, and manage networks, along with career skills such as problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking. Cisco recently honored the 15 grand prize winners of the Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders Skills Challenge, an interactive contest designed to give technical education students the opportunity to showcase their ICT and networking skills, and to recognize excellence among Networking Academy students.

More than 10,000 students across 82 countries competed in the 2010 NetRiders challenge. The grand prize winners, who represent 11 countries and range in age from 20 to 53 years, were awarded a trip to California’s Silicon Valley where they toured the Cisco campus, met with Cisco executives and other leading technology companies, visited Stanford University and experienced the sights and sounds of San Francisco.

2010 NetRiders Grand Prize Winners Meet Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers

A trip to Cisco, Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area as seen through the eyes of a team of 2010 NetRiders skills challenge winners

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  1. Hi Robyn,

    This is an excellent post which again demonstrates the ability of an organization like CISCO, to nurture talented students. Over 10,000 entries participating in the NetRiders challenge is a huge huge number and we’re sure that the selected students out of those 10,000 must certainly have been best of the lot.

    We wish Cisco, best of luck and hope that it contiue to does good-over in the years to come.

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  2. Always good to see new ICT competitions, and successes! There’s a new, interesting one at UPenn, called PennApps. If you put it in Google, you should be able to find it.

    Regarding the statistics you quoted – is there any explanation why the demand for ICT professionals will increase, and surprisingly the supply will decrease? Surely people have identified this as a growing field in today’s world, attracting more and more people…

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  3. I completed the CISCO ccna course back in 2004, theres a whole lot learn but well worth it and a great lead into the network industry.

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  4. Well, i bet they are going to do good given the education and training that they got…

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  5. IT professionals = Geeks :P

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  6. thanks and appreciated for the post and the info

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  7. It was very nice to see the students enjoying themselves. Education should be fun… good job CISCO.

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