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.
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