The stories on the Connected Life Exchange frequently focus on the importance of bringing broadband access to the Internet where it’s needed most — underdeveloped countries, rural communities and under-served areas. While broadband in and of itself cannot boost an economy, it’s a fundamental element in improving both education in the public sector and opportunity in the private sector.
But there’s one demographic segment of the population in the U.S., the UK, and undoubtedly in many other countries, that doesn’t have Internet access, and is unlikely to have it soon: prisoners.
I had the privilege to shadow Kathy Mulvany from Cisco Corporate Affairs through the Connected Women Executive Shadow Program and wanted to share what a fantastic experience that was. I shadowed her marketing strategy sessions as well as her next fiscal year planning meetings. During our time together, I was most intrigued by the stories she shared with me from her recent trip to Africa, where she met a number of individuals who have been impacted by our social investment programs, including students from the Cisco Networking Academy. Read More »
Frantisek Jakab is the Program Manager of Cisco Networking Academy in Slovakia
Russia’s concerted efforts to grow indigenous talent received significant boost recently. Cisco, the global leader in networking, and Sistema JSFC, Russia’s largest public investment company, have announced collaboration to enhance the quality of ICT education in Russia.
Why is it important? Russia wants to foster innovation locally via projects like Skolkovo that aim to create an ecosystem for innovation. To run that ecosystem, Russia will need local talent: world class technologists and entrepreneurs. The “Lift to the Future” project, launched by Sistema late last year, intends to be a vehicle to groom such talent from schools and universities by offering tutoring on Russia’s first youth tutorage network.
Cisco and Sistema JSFC Signed MoU to Enhance Cooperation and Help Modernize ICT Education in Russia Photo: Elena Shmeleva (Sistema) and Paul Betsis (Cisco)
At ‘Social Lifts for Talented Youth -- Best Russian Experience’, a pioneering conference held by Sistema in cooperation with Moscow State Lomonosov University and Vedomosti daily newspaper, Cisco and Sistema have signed an MoU. According to it, Cisco will donate network equipment and provide access to its education programs. In addition, the company will carry out skills-upgrade courses for teachers of the educational establishments involved in the project. From its own side, Sistema will help Cisco to expand the Cisco Networking Academy™ program in Russia. Moreover, both companies intend to collaborate in launching student competitions, forums and summer schools to support talented Russian youth.
Elena Shmeleva, vice president of Sistema Charity Foundation, gave Cisco credit for being the first company to support the “Lift to the Future” project, stressing that “Education content provided by Cisco, as well as its unique training methodology will become a basis for training skilled ICT professionals and supporting Russian IT education within this project.”
24 disabled students started their networking studies this week, following the inauguration of a new Cisco Networking Academy at Addetur Foundation’s secondary school in Budapest.
“Addetur Foundation was established 18 years ago with the mission to support the integration of young people with disabilities and improve their employment prospects. The cooperation with Cisco Networking Academy is another important milestone for us, as it opens up a fast-developing area for our students,” said Gabriella Kekesne Czinderi, director of Addetur. “The fact that the networking academy curriculum can be accessed online is also a great help for our community”, she added.
Cisco Hungary contributed HUF 1,000,000 to the launch of the new academy, as part of the company’s vocational training contribution.
As I listened to the State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening, my ears perked up when I heard these words “Growing industries in science and technology have twice as many openings as we have workers who can do the job”. While I agree that this is” inexcusable”, I couldn’t help but feel gratified that President Obama called attention to our deficiency in 21st century skills-based education.
Although unemployment continues to be a challenge in this country, the demand for technology specialists is on the rise. Projected to grow by 10, 20 and in some cases 50 percent in coming years, jobs like Computer Support Specialist, Analysts and Systems Administrators are in high demand. Read More »