Cisco Boosts Worldwide Talent Development to Meet Increasing Demand for Networking Skills
Unveils Social Learning Community and New Growth Opportunities for Individuals
New Delhi / Bangalore / Mumbai, India, June 24, 2008 - Underscoring its commitment to accelerate the development of technical talent across the globe, Cisco® today unveiled the Cisco Learning Network. Designed for both the seasoned professional as well as individuals considering a career in IT, the Cisco Learning Network is a collaborative Web 2.0 site that enables the creation of a global networking professional community that shares, discusses and exchanges ideas in a dedicated online environment.
Cisco is also announcing a major augmentation to its popular associate-level career certification with the introduction of three concentrations - CCNA Security, CCNA Voice and CCNA Wireless. By expanding on the competencies and skills in the CCNA curriculum, these highly specialized concentrations offer individuals a career stepping-stone into the converged technologies that make up today’s sophisticated networks.
"As networks continue to drive economic growth, collaboration and human interaction, the need for networking talent will grow in importance. To address the growing global demand for networking talent, we estimate that we will need to double or even triple our certified individuals over approximately the next 5 years," said Milind Gurjar, Director, Learning@Cisco. "With the expansion of the CCNA portfolio and the launch of the Cisco Learning Network, we have added two more critical components to our company-wide initiative to address the global IT talent shortage, accelerate the development of the information economy and improve the productivity of this vital technical community."
Cisco Learning Network
With an embedded document-sharing tool built into the site, the community will have a single source to seek out product documentation, configuration and troubleshooting advice and expert opinions on networking challenges. As the community develops, it will become an important resource that can be taken advantage of by IT professionals to increase productivity and address critical issues in the networks they administer.
Expanding Career Certification Portfolio
Reflecting the increasing specialization within networking job roles, these concentrations provide a "lifecycle of learning" blueprint for career advancement. The new CCNA concentrations include:
Training and Availability
Cisco Press, the leader in CCNA self-study products, has products for the new CCNA Security exam already available, and will publish on all CCNA concentration exams in 2008. All products will be available for purchase by visiting:
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