Cisco has announced its goal of providing digital skills and cybersecurity training to 25 million learners over the next 10 years through its Cisco Networking Academy program. By 2025, 97 million new jobs will be created through advances in technology and automation, and Cisco is helping millions of people around the world access those jobs by providing the workforce of tomorrow training and career opportunities through its Networking Academy.
Founded in 1997, Cisco Networking Academy celebrates its 25th anniversary and continues to be one of the oldest IT skills programs in the world. Cisco Networking Academy offers high-quality IT and cybersecurity courses, learning simulators, and hands-on learning opportunities through a learning platform to support instructors and engage learners in 190 countries. To date, more than 17.5 million learners worldwide have taken Cisco Networking Academy courses to build digital skills. Additionally, 95% of students who have taken Cisco certification-aligned courses credit Cisco Networking Academy with getting a job or training opportunity.
“For 25 years, Cisco Networking Academy has transformed the lives of learners through the power of education and technology. Through the breadth of our courses, learning pathways and employer network, as well as our unrivaled ecosystem of partnerships with governments, academic institutions and non-profit organizations, we give underserved and underrepresented people the means to level the playing field,” said Laura Quintana, Vice President. and Managing Director, Cisco Networking Academy. “We are celebrating our silver anniversary with an ambitious goal to reach 25 million people over the next 10 years and help achieve our goal of powering an inclusive future for all.”
What began as partnerships with a few high schools in 1997, Cisco Networking Academy has expanded to professional colleges and universities and now serves learners beyond the traditional classroom. Our ecosystem of partners has enabled the program to reach prisons, community centers and military bases, while expanding learning opportunities for underserved members of our community, such as underrepresented minorities, at-risk youth and people with disabilities.
As Cisco Networking Academy continues to grow and promote new training and education opportunities, it will leverage the latest programs and partnerships that are critical to building the necessary digital skills and an inclusive future, including:
- A new partnership with Experis, a global leader in professional IT resources and project services, part of ManpowerGroup. The Cisco Networking Academy and Experis partnership will focus on providing learning paths where demand for skilled workers far exceeds supply, including areas such as IT, cybersecurity, networking , programming and data, with the goal of placing 1,000 people in new IT roles. in the first year.
- The recently launched Skills for All, a free, mobile-based program that offers industry-leading learning experiences, including self-paced courses, interactive tools, and professional resources designed by industry experts.
- A new cybersecurity learning path culminating in an entry-level certification to provide learners with the skills needed to land entry-level security jobs in the growing sector of the security industry.
- The continued development of partnerships with governments, such as Cisco’s commitment at the National Cyber Workforce and Education Summit in July 2022 to train an additional 200,000 students in the United States over the next three years; as well as partnerships with non-profit organizations and academic institutions to provide more courses and opportunities for learners around the world.
“We are proud to partner with Cisco Networking Academy to shape the IT workforce by connecting learners with career paths and jobs to support technology transformation,” said Mónica Flores Barragán, president of ManpowerGroup Latin America. . “On behalf of ManpowerGroup, we congratulate Cisco and its Network Academy Program on a rich legacy of lasting impact in communities around the world. »