Cisco Networking Academy has been changing worlds for 20 years. To celebrate this milestone, we are spotlighting some of the 7.8 million students worldwide who have benefited from this IT education and career building program.

Raissa Marcon Constante

  • Florianópolis, Brazil
  • Current occupation: Network Administrator
  • Networking Academy coursework: IT Essentials, CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Security
  • One word to describe her Networking Academy experience: Future

Raissa just graduated from university and is now studying to get her CCNP certification. In her Networking Academy classes in Brazil, Raissa was the only woman, but she didn’t let that deter her. Nor did she let learning about complex technology issues get in her way.

“The beginning was hard because I didn’t have any knowledge, technical knowledge,” she says. But Raissa decided she’d never quit. “I wanted to prove that I could do that, you know? I never thought about quitting. Never.”

Today, she feels prepared “to work, to talk to people about networking, and to participate in events.” Raissa’s dream job? It’s something where she can use her skills “to help people.”


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