VIRTUAL CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY
As networking technologies bring new economic and social opportunities to communities throughout the world, businesses, nonprofits, hospitals, schools, and government organizations are experiencing growing demand for networking professionals to design, build, maintain, and secure their networks.
The goal of the Virtual Cisco Networking Academy is to equip West Virginia students with the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to help meet this demand in a variety of industries ranging from broadband and wireless to healthcare and green technologies. The program is designed to serve students in schools where the demand is too low to support a local academy. Now every school in West Virginia can provide its students access to high quality, low cost courses leading to national certification.
The Cisco Networking Academy is a global education program that teaches students how to design, build, troubleshoot, and secure computer networks for increased access to career and economic opportunities in communities around the world. The Networking Academy utilizes an online curriculum developed by the Cisco Systems Worldwide Education curriculum development team, interactive tools, and hands-on learning activities to help individuals prepare for ICT and networking careers in virtually every type of industry.
Since 1997, the Networking Academy has grown from a small-scale program designed to help schools get the most out of their networking equipment to Cisco’s largest corporate social responsibility program, with courses taught at more than 9000 academies in 165 countries. More than 800,000 students develop ICT skills through the program each year.
21st Century Career Skills
The Networking Academy delivers a comprehensive, 21st century learning experience to help students develop the foundational ICT skills needed to design, build, and manage networks, along with career skills such as problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking. Students complete hands-on learning activities and network simulations to develop practical skills that will help them fill a growing need for networking professionals around the world.
Networking Academy courses are delivered in multiple languages through an online learning system. Courses are supported by classroom instruction, hands-on learning activities, and online assessments that provide personalized feedback. Networking Academy instructors receive extensive training and support to help ensure a consistently-enriching learning experience for students around the world.
Networking for Home and Small Businesses (Discovery 1)
Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP (Discovery 2)
Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise (Discovery 3)
Designing and Supporting Computer Networks (Discovery 4)
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