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From Cisco Network Academy student to Cisco Champion

I was selected as a Cisco Champion for the year 2014. Becoming a Cisco Champion is a privilege for Cisco enthusiasts and experts who are passionate about sharing, teaching, and discussing (Cisco) network technologies. In this blog post, I want to tell you about the road I took from my first CCNA classes (Cisco Network Academy) to becoming a Cisco Champion.

My networking career started ten years ago with Cisco Network Academy. In those days, Cisco Network Academy was a pretty new learning ‘center’ but it had enough information to help you start your career in the networking field. At my university, we used Network Academy modules during the semester. We had 2 or 3 chapter exams every week! To gain more understanding about the theories, we were required to attend labs. During my university years I needed to study for the Network Academy exams every day. Not just every day, but really every day! That was not a problem though, because network technology is just awesome! Read More »

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Harvard Business School Highlights Cisco’s Innovative Approach to Social Learning

Last year, I had the opportunity to meet with Harvard Business School Associate Professor of Business Administration Mikolaj Jan Piskorski. Prof. Piskorski had heard about the Cisco Learning Network, and decided that he wanted to learn more about Cisco’s innovative use of social strategy and our collaborative approach to IT education that addresses the challenges and opportunities of the networked economy.

The Cisco Learning Network represents a fundamental shift in education strategy for Cisco and the technology industry as a whole. The site serves as a meeting place for social learning and is a community resource designed to help new students and new customers to get into the networking industry by reinforcing the skills and competencies it takes to achieve certification. The community also offers an unprecedented model for recruiting individuals to IT careers and filling skills gaps in key technology areas.

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Partner Summit – New Mobility Solutions Require New Talent

At Partner Summit this week, Cisco announced a variety of new offerings for UCS and Mobility.

These solutions offer a host of benefits, helping partners up-level their conversations with customers and profit from high-margin services. However, to ensure partners can help their customers maximize the return on their technology investments, education is a critical piece of the Cisco solutions we offer. Cisco is dedicated to helping partners seize huge mobility opportunities spanning infrastructure, software and services.

As network environments become more sophisticated, incorporating the latest capabilities requires a higher level of aptitude for IT professionals. Properly trained and certified individuals are needed to make networks secure, cost-effective and reliable.

Recognizing the growing demand for professionals capable of designing, implementing, securing, and operating networks and mobility infrastructures, Cisco has designed a variety of training and certification offerings to support this increasing need, such as the CCNA Wireless, CCNP Wireless and CCIE Wireless.

Cisco authorized training and certifications provide organizations and individuals the skills, technical knowledge and expertise to capitalize on the changing business landscape.

Learn more about Cisco Certifications and Training on the Cisco Learning Network: www.ciscolearningnetwork.com

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep4: Cisco Certifications

March 11, 2014 at 9:00 am PST

#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists, hosted by Cisco’s Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week we’re talking about Cisco Certifications.

Listen to the Podcast

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Featured Guests:
Cisco Champion: Stephen Rodriguez (@WiFiJanitor)
Cisco Subject Matter Experts: Antonella Corno, Errol Hayward (@errolhayward), Matt Saunders (@citylifematt)

Highlights:
Developing Cisco Certifications from the outside in, looking at currrent job roles in the market
Certified Partners vs. individual Specialist Certifications
Cisco Learning Network
New Cisco Certifications SME Recruitment Program
How Cisco works to protects certifications from being compromised
How far you can go with emulators before you need actual equipment
Cloud Lab access and other Learning Labs
IT Training Videos and Seminars
Network Programmability Training
How certifications change experience in the workplace Read More »

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Balancing certification studies with family and work

When it comes to furthering your career in technology, the name of the game is certifications. But studying for certifications requires time and energy and both of those are pretty scarce when you’re already working full time. You’ve just gotten out of work where you’ve had to use your body and brain for the last 8+ hours and now you’re wanting to punish yourself again with a grueling session of protocols, and ports. Now add to that, if you’re a family man like me, a demanding personal life. A spouse, and maybe even some kids give the whole situation some added complexity.family

You’re not alone! Most of the professionals in our industry have this problem. It’s easy to become overwhelmed, but remember back to the first time you decided that you wanted to work in this industry. It was fun to constantly learn something new, and solve problems with the new knowledge gained from that education. And with some effort, it can still be fun!  Read More »

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