Cisco Networking Academy: A Model for Both Workforce Training and K-12 Education

June 26, 2012 - 1 Comment

No matter where you are in the world, you need networking skills to be competitive in today’s economy. In many countries, a lack of people with information and communications technology (ICT) skills is the biggest impediment to global competitiveness.

In the current issue of the Brunswick Review, Cisco Vice President of Corporate Affairs Amy Christen discusses how Cisco Networking Academy is helping to bridge this ICT skills gap by training 1 million people in 165 countries each year to build, maintain, and secure computer networks. Some of the facts Amy shares in her interview may surprise you.

Such as:

  • 55% of Networking Academy students are in the developing world, compared to 17 percent in the United States.
  • The highest concentration of female Networking Academy students is in the Middle East. Women account for 43 percent of students in Egypt, 37 percent in Saudi Arabia, and 55 percent in Oman.
  • In 15 years, Cisco Networking Academy has grown from a small program designed to help schools maximize their networking equipment into Cisco’s largest corporate social responsibility program.

Read the full Brunswick Review article.

Also recently, blogger Tom Vander Ark shared his thoughts on how K-12 education in the United States is moving toward the model that Cisco Networking Academy has used for years.

“The Cisco Networking Academy has improved 4 million lives, but it’s also shown the rest of us what’s possible,” he wrote.

Vander Ark called out ten Networking Academy program features that provide a picture of the future of education, including:

  • Visualization and simulation tools
  • Online assessments that provide immediate, personal feedback to students
  • A blended learning model that combines online work, hands-on activities, and network simulations

See what the other seven features are and read the entire blog on the Huffington Post.

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  1. It is an interesting article with meaningful figures. Actually, Cisco is an accessible training for everybody and everywhere, who wants to evolve in the ICT world.