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Calling All Companies: Military Veterans Bring Dedication, Motivation, and Leadership

This blog was originally posted on the Huffington Post.

This week I had the privilege of attending an event at the White House where the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco, unveiled a new program to give returning military service members a fast track to the training and certifications needed for high-demand IT jobs.

Through the IT Training and Certification Program, transitioning military personnel with prior IT experience are being given access to IT training, certification, and career-matching opportunities to help fast-track their job search. Once selected through the Joining Forces Initiative, service members are invited to register on the U.S. IT Pipeline, a cloud-based talent exchange platform designed by Futures, Inc., with support from Cisco. Service members can explore careers, take a quick assessment, and choose from a selection of IT certifications, such as Cisco CCNA, most aligned to their interests. After completing the coursework and passing the certification exam provided by select IT training and exam partners, the Pipeline will then match their military experience and qualifications to qualifying high-demand, civilian IT job postings.

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CyberPatriot Program Showcases Future of Cybersecurity Workforce

DSC_0942_2March 14 – 15 marked the National Finals Competition of CyberPatriot, the largest high school cyber defense competition in the United States.

With students crowded around laptops, routers and clocks counting down, teams were given a business scenario. Told that they were newly hired IT professionals managing the network of a small company, they were given 12 virtual machines that they had to wipe of the most vulnerabilities in the shortest amount of time.

Taking place just outside of Washington, D.C., as the teams raced to defend their networks from attack, the event resembled a scene out of the show 24. And if it showed us anything, it’s that our future cybersecurity workforce is bright. Read More »

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Technology Helps Reduce High Unemployment Among Post-9/11 Veterans

March 11, 2013 at 11:05 am PST

On March 8, NBCNews.com reported that the unemployment rate among post-9/11 U.S. military veterans was 9.4 percent in February, well above the national unemployment average of 7.7 percent.

Nearly 1 in 10 ex-service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is hunting for a job, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The NBCNews.com story mentioned how Cisco is partnering with software developer Futures, Inc. to connect the 200,000 members of the nonprofit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to civilian jobs through a free, online tool.

The IAVA Career Pathfinder is free online tool for U.S. military veterans

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Happy Veterans Day from the Cisco Team

As a Marine veteran, this day is extremely special to me. First and foremost, I want to express my unending gratitude to those who have bravely served our country, protecting it no matter what the cost. We spent some time on Memorial Day to show our gratitude, but today it’s time to celebrate our veterans of which I’m so proud to be a part.

First, please join me and take a moment to appreciate all of our military service members and express your gratitude by commenting/sharing  the video below. From one veteran to another, thank you for all you do for our country.

As a veteran myself I know the struggles, challenges and triumphs our country’s veterans face each day. I’m proud to work for a company that recognizes this as well and provides numerous programs dedicated to the U.S. Military and our veterans. To date, Cisco has hired more than 2,000 U.S. military veterans --including myself--to become part of our Cisco team and we have been ranked in the U.S. Veterans Magazine Top 100 Companies Recruiting Veterans.

Our programs also leverage our technology and resources to support vets, whether it’s using solutions like Cisco TelePresence to connect military personnel in Afghanistan with loved ones back home, with Operation Morale Call, or collaborative technologies to offering free voice messaging services for veterans in transition.

Too often, transitioning from military life to civilian life can be a challenge, and Cisco has dedicated resources to help connect military personnel with career and educational opportunities through programs like Cisco’s Transition Training Academy and Warriors to Work. Cisco even offers information and communications technology training on 21 U.S. Army, Marine and Navy bases. These programs are examples of some of the ways we are working to help veterans, and I am the first to attest to the benefits they offer.

Again, thank you for your service, and Happy Veterans Day!

Learn more about Cisco’s veteran programs here & in Alexis Raymond’s recent blog post.

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Cisco Among Top 100 Companies Recruiting Veterans for 2012

November 7, 2012 at 11:29 am PST

Cisco Among Top 100 Companies Hiring VeteransU.S. Veterans Magazine has included Cisco on its 2012 “Best of the Best” list of Top 100 Companies Recruiting Veterans.

We are proud of this acknowledgement because in the last couple of years, we have increased our efforts to support transitioning military personnel, veterans, and military families, particularly in the areas of employment and education.

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