Every year, hundreds of thousands of Networking Academy students worldwide gain the skills needed to build, design, and maintain computer networks; improving their career prospects while filling the global demand for networking professionals. With 9,000 academies in 170 countries, Networking Academy helps individuals prepare for industry-recognized certifications and entry-level information and communication technology (ICT) careers in virtually every type of industry. Students develop foundational skills in ICT while acquiring vital 21st-century career skills in problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking.
Networking Academy uses a public-private partnership model to create the "world's largest classroom." Cisco partners with educational institutions, nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations, and community centers that provide classroom space, computer lab equipment, and qualified instructors. Cisco provides online curricula, virtual learning tools, instructional support, teacher training, and professional development opportunities for instructors. Networking Academy helps students prepare for entry-level ICT jobs, additional training or education, and globally recognized certifications by equipping them with the skills needed to maintain networks that form the backbone of the global economy.
Networking Academy courses are offered in multiple languages through a blended learning model that combines classroom instruction with online curricula, interactive tools, hands-on activities, and online assessments that provide immediate feedback. This model uses several innovative technologies:
Cisco Packet Tracer: a powerful visualization and simulation tool that allows users to design, build, troubleshoot, and experiment with virtual networks. Students and instructors use Packet Tracer to explore complex technical concepts and networking system designs in a safe, virtual environment.
Networking Academy has trained more than 5 million students to date. Many graduates have gone on to successful ICT careers in a variety of industries, while others have harnessed the entrepreneurial spirit and knowledge they acquired in Networking Academy to start their own businesses and create new jobs. Established in 1997, Networking Academy is Cisco's largest and longest-running Corporate Social Responsibility program.
We believe that businesses have a responsibility to operate in ways that respect and ultimately benefit people, communities, and the planet we live on, we call this Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Our core CSR philosophy is that impact multiplies whenever human and technology networks combine to solve a problem. This is why we approach CSR the same way we approach business: by applying our technology, employee expertise, and partnerships. We are focused on four primary goals: improving the well-being of people and communities around the world, reducing our environmental impact and helping our customers do the same, conducting our business ethically, and creating a workplace where our employees thrive.