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Cisco Networking Academy Inspiring a Future Generation

June 1, 2012 - 1 Comment

There is a lot of talk about the Olympic legacy for London 2012, yet in some parts of the media in particular there seems to remain some cynicism. But over the past few weeks and months I have witnessed the genuine efforts being made by Cisco to building a brilliant future after the Games.

For example former Olympic silver medallist Roger Black and Cisco ambassador has spent the last week touring around several schools in the east end of London to highlight the Cisco Network Academy programme and inspire kids to look at Science Technology Engineering and Math subjects at school.

But inspiring as Roger undoubtedly was, he was overshadowed by the other speaker, Sean Kelly a graduate of the Cisco Network Academy in Wandsworth Prison.

Sean’s story of how he turned his life around held the kids equally gripped as winning a medal in the Olympic 4×400 metre finals!

Earlier this week Sean also joined a webTV chat with Cisco UK CTO Ian Foddering and talked about the NetAcademy programme and his inspiration. You can see a recording of the broadcast here.

Cisco is well advanced in a raft of legacy programmes to support the vision the Olympic organisers announced when London won the right to host the Games. And we are determined that the Olympics will just be start of that journey.


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  1. It wonderful to see Cisco leading in educational developemnt in thie society. Your programme are very laudable and the type that we need to engage our people in career development that can steer them away from troubles.

    I am an adult or what we can call mature student and very much in interested in your network academy scheme but not sure if i am qualify base on my age (40yrs) but very keen on the programme because of it flexibility.

    I was at Cisco stand during 2012 Infosec exhibition at Earls Court London in April but was not aware of the programme the otherwise would have make detail enquires.

    I live in charlton area of South East London and wil appreciate if I can get more information on the Network Academies. Mobile Tel: 07832518444

    Kind Regards
    Tayo Awolowo