In what has become an annual event acclaimed by both students and employers, the Cisco Networking Academy Program provides students from all over the world with the ability to design, build, and then maintain solid computer networks. Since there is such a high demand all over the world for network professionals, the company has formed 9 thousand of these academies in 170 nations spanning the globe.
The program teaches students the fundamentals of information and communication technology that they can apply in virtually any industry. The students also learn key interpersonal communication skills that will help them become leaders in any team of which they are part. Critical thinking, of course, is important in troubleshooting the networks they create, as is problem solving. These skills, some of which are not taught in some university programs, are a big part of what makes the Cisco Networking Academy such a huge success.
Many students in developing nations lack the resources to create and implement networking solutions. They have the intellectual capability, but not always access to the latest developments in the field during their education. Cisco provides these students with this knowledge and practical knowhow so these students can compete for jobs in the global market with the confidence that they are more than capable of performing the tasks that will be required of them.
To achieve that goal, Cisco has enlisted the help of partners, which includes nonprofit organizations, community centers, NGOs, and educational institutions to provide lab materials, instructors, and classroom space. The company itself provides the curriculum and learning tools necessary for quality instruction in these topics. It also trains instructors in the latest ideas and methods in the networking field, so students are receiving up-to-date information during the course of their study.
In their course of study, Cisco Netowrking Academy students participate in network simulations and other hands-on experiences in addition to their study of theory, problem-solving skills, and personal development. At the end of their studies, students can receive a certification that is recognized worldwide, so they can apply for entry-level or higher jobs in the networking industry.