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State of the Union Challenge: Teaching Skills that Lead to Jobs

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 »

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Education to Build a Brilliant Future

August 18, 2011 at 9:18 am PST

Hello and welcome to the first of what I hope will be many blogs I’ll get to write on behalf of Cisco.  This is my opportunity to explain a little about the Cisco Legacy and Building A Brilliant Future (BABF).

As we passed the major milestone of One Year To Go, the focus from the key London 2012 stakeholders has been concentrated on preparing for the Games --  and rightly so.  However, the Cisco team are equally proud of our Legacy programme, Building A Brilliant Future, and the work we are doing to take the project forward.

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Networking Academy Students Shine at Cisco LIVE!

August 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm PST

An elite group from Cisco Networking Academy, consisting of 6 students and 1 instructor, were recently selected from dozens of applicants across the United States to participate at Cisco Live in Las Vegas, Nevada from July 6-14, 2011. As Cisco’s largest customer appreciation event, the team worked alongside Cisco engineers to help build and troubleshoot the massive Network Operations Center (NOC) which supported nearly 15,000 attendees at the event.  Dubbed the “Dream Team,” these student ambassadors engaged with customers, provided networking support as needed, attended technical sessions, and even got to enjoy some tourist attractions.

The students with Carlos Dominguez, Senior Vice President Cisco Systems

This unique development experience was sponsored by Cisco and included an opportunity to take a free certification exam at the conference.  None of the students were Cisco certified coming to the event, but 3 left CCNA Certified!  The Dream Team will continue to learn from the experience with access to Networkers Virtual which provides industry insight into the latest technologies and solutions available to Cisco customers.

A personal visit from Cisco Senior Vice President, Carlos Dominguez, was an additional surprise for the Dream Team.  He commended the value of the team’s efforts and encouraged them to continue to pursue their IT/Networking career paths (watch the video).

Local Las Vegas student, Chris Kordus, who is enrolled in the Networking Academy at College of Southern Nevada, was interviewed by a Las Vegas television station about his career change from the construction industry.

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