Cisco Canada Celebrates 20 Years of Networking Academy by Awarding Students the Chance to Shadow Cisco Experts
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20 Top Students Will Join Cisco in October for Rare Opportunity to Gain Hands-On IT Experience
May 18, 2018 – Cisco Canada announced today that it will celebrate the Cisco Networking Academy’s 20th year in Canada with an exclusive opportunity for its top 20 Canadian students. High school and postsecondary students in Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto will have a chance to shadow Cisco systems engineers on October 17, 2018. This hands-on experience extends the academy’s skills training, which has armed 172,160 Canadian students with the technical skills they need to succeed in today’s digital economy.
Each Cisco Networking Academy will have an opportunity to submit an application for one student who has demonstrated academic success. Cisco Canada and Cisco Networking Academy will then jointly select 20 students from across the country to participate in ‘Shadow a Systems Engineer Day’ in their cities. Students will have the opportunity to spend a day with a Cisco SE, tour a Cisco lab, and participate in a cross-Canada Q&A session with Principal Systems Engineer Rob Barton. Students will also have the opportunity to assist with the network and demo set up at a Cisco Connect event in their city.
Cisco Networking Academy is a global IT skills and career building program that creates a much-needed pipeline of IT talent worldwide. The need for new IT talent is a growing concern in Canada where it is estimated that by next year, a lack of skilled workers will leave an estimated 182,000 IT jobs vacant.
“After twenty great years in Canada, Cisco Networking Academy is more relevant than ever,” said Rola Dagher, president, Cisco Canada. “Whatever the future of work looks like, IT skills will be at the centre of more and more jobs. The new shadowing initiative will provide the selected students with the opportunity to interact with trained professionals and view first-hand how crucial these skills are in today’s world and will be in the future. We’re so proud of the role the program plays in helping Canadians make the transition to a digital economy.”
As Cisco’s longest-running corporate social responsibility initiative, Cisco Networking Academy offers a curriculum that covers networking and security, as well as emerging areas such as data analytics and the Internet of Things. It’s a hands-on learning experience, with hackathons, competitions and labs. Analytics help shape the program itself and enable Cisco to provide an optimal learning experience for students.
“We’ve helped generations of Canadian youth get started in tech careers, and now many are at the top of the industry,” said Rob Barton, principal systems engineer, Cisco Canada. “I feel strongly that we have a responsibility to keep that going, and provide stepping stones for tomorrow’s leaders.”
In Canada, 21,000 students are currently enrolled in Cisco Networking Academy at one of the 211 high schools, postsecondary institutions and nonprofit organizations that partner with the program. Since its inception, 40,000 Canadians have achieved Cisco Certification Ready completions. Instructor training, tools and curriculum are all provided to partners at no cost. Worldwide, 7.8 million students from 180 countries have participated.
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