#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists, hosted by Cisco’s Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week we’re talking about the Cisco Networking Academy.
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Cisco Champions: Richard Grotegut (@OhloneRich), Ike Ozurumba (@IkeNetworkGuy)
Cisco Subject Matter Expert: Suzanne Jonas (@hitechzippy)
The early days of NetAcad and how it has evolved
How NetAcad helps I.T. students become more employable
How NetAcad connects NetAcad students to jobs
Updates to the new CCNA curriculum, like IPv6
New courses, like Entrepreneurship
Partnership with Linux Professional Institute, Linux Essential
CCNP program in UK; roll out to North America and Latin America
Tips for NetAcad students
@Amyengineer does Cisco Net Academy currently have any partnerships with VARs or would consider partnerships to get students more exposure to “real” networks?
@CommsNinja great question Amy!
@wifijanitor how high up in the certification chain does the NetAcad go too? NA, NP, IE?
@CommsNinja Questions? If you’re dialed in, let me know if you need unmuting to ask live!
@OhloneRich Up to NP including CCNA-Security and CCNA-Voip
@Rob_Coote Any plans for a CCNA/CCNP Apprenticeship program in North America similar to what was launched in the UK last year?
@CommsNinja I’m going to open up the floor to have Ike and Richard ask you all questions.
@ghostinthenet It’s something I’ve been wanting to get into my kids’ high school… but time is my enemy.
@subnetwork programming, ACI, Openflow, etc. etc.
@malhoit As part of the datacenter champs, I have to recommend that!
@subnetwork all require programming
@malhoit definitely! Python
@CommsNinja Rob is carrying the torch!
@ghostinthenet Python is cool. It would be even cooler if there was support for it outside of the modern interpretation of SDN.
@ghostinthenet As it stands, TCL is the only thing I can really use on the bulk of what I work with.
@malhoit Understanding applications
@WirelessStew Twitter is a good start
@Rob_Coote Your first maintenance window should not be done remotely.
@malhoit being able to talk to application owners and systems admins and having an understanding of what they do (paraphrasing Greg Ferro)
@ghostinthenet Knowing the business needs before even thinking about technology is key.
@WirelessStew When looking to specialize in a field Voice / Wireless /DC / Video. You can do a deep dive on who’s who in via twitter and associated blogs
@ghostinthenet There’s a part of me that thinks CCDA should be a prerequisite to CCNA.
@malhoit So, in other words the opposite of most network engineers
@CommsNinja The Twitterz: https://twitter.com/Cisco/lists/cisco-champions
@OhloneRich What about CCENT as a prerequisite to CCNA. The Academy provides CCENT and CCNA training.
@amyengineer don’t be afraid to fail. But always have a back out plan
@ghostinthenet I’m a pre-CCENT guy, so I don’t know the curriculum…. but business understanding should be the core of any technology implementation.
@CommsNinja JD you are unmuted if you want to join in the fray!
@subnetwork thanks, may jump in
@mailhoit “Like a boss” =)
@IkeNetworkGuy www.IkeTheNetworkGuy.com lots about my netacad/education program experience in there
@OhloneRich Ohlone College and Cal Poly Pomona are hosting a summer Academy Conference June 16 -- 20. You can email me if you have an interest firstname.lastname@example.org
Tags: CCNA, CCNP, Cisco Network Academy
Each year, thousands of U.S. veterans return from the battlefield with exceptional leadership, technical and other skills they have acquired overseas. Even so, many experience difficulty finding a job, and return feeling overwhelmed by the high unemployment rate they are up against. Today, in a program to assist veterans in transferring their military experience into successful careers, the Michigan Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and Cisco are teaming up to pilot IT training and certification programs aimed at connecting veterans with in-demand job opportunities.
“We’ve got all these young people coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, have made incredible sacrifices, have taken on incredible responsibilities — you know, you see some 23-year-old who’s leading a platoon in hugely dangerous circumstances, making decisions, operating complex technologies. These are folks who can perform, but unfortunately, what we’re seeing is that a lot of these young veterans have a higher unemployment rate than people who didn’t serve. And that makes no sense.”
- President Barack Obama
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Tags: CCNA, Cisco, Learning@Cisco, Michigan, partnership, training, veterans
Today, I had the opportunity to speak with students of the Cisco Networking Academy. These students were selected to run the network at Cisco Live this year and run the Cisco Network Operations Center (NOC).
An innovative information and communications technology (ICT) education program, the Cisco Networking Academy provides a million students worldwide with the skills needed to design, build, manage and secure computer networks. This educations provides a pathway to ICT jobs, further education and globally-recognized industry certifications.
I’m very proud to say that many of the Networking Academy students are veterans. In fact, the Army at Fort Gordon, Georgia trains over 2,600 soldiers annually in its Networking Academy program. Read More »
Tags: #CLUS, 000 jobs mission, 100, CCNA, cna, netacad, veterans
Coming off a busy week at Interop Las Vegas, we have recorded another info-packed podcast with the popular wireless networking podcast group “No Strings Attached Show”. The topic for this podcast covers the gigabit wireless technology, 802.11ac which if you attended Interop, you know this is a very hot topic (“I’ll take enormous understatements for $600, Alex”).
However, it is not just a discussion on what is included in the standard. Blake Krone and Sam Clements from No Strings Attached interview our Mark Denny and Brian Hart as they discuss a number of topics related to 802.11ac technology including the following:
- The 802.11ac Wave 1 Radio Module for the 3600 Access Point, the availability and best practices for upgrading the 3600 AP with the 802.11ac Module
- Segments of the enterprise market where 802.11ac technology is generating the most interest Read More »
Tags: #80211ac, 3600 access point, 802.11, 802.11ac, CCIE, CCNA, Cisco, discussion, information, interop, Interop Las Vegas, learn, network, networking, no strings attached, podcast, popular, radio module, technology, WAN, wi-fi, wifi, wireless, wlan
Every Friday, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories of the week, as well as point you to important Cisco-related content you may have missed along the way. Let’s have it.
Off The Top
Sherri Liebo has been named Vice President, Global Partner Marketing, overseeing Cisco’s Strategic Partner Marketing, Channel Programs, Services Partner Marketing and Strategic Partner Communications teams. Bruce Klein, senior vice president, Worldwide Partner Organization, talked about Sherri’s appointment here on the Channels blog and why this is such an important role at Cisco. Channelnomics, CRN and Channel Partners were among the first press to cover it on Friday.
As you may have seen, Cisco redesigned the CCNA Routing and Switching certification with new training and curricula. It’s part of an overall effort to better align Cisco’s certifications to the demands of an IT industry undergoing paradigm shifts like the Internet of Everything phenomenon we’ve been talking about for a while now. It’s also a way to better train engineers for the types of dedicated, segment-specific jobs that are going to be in high demand over the next few years.
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Tags: CCNA, Cisco, IoE, partner, Sherri Liebo, Smart Solutions, SolveDirect, Weekly Rewind