Technology Education Program for College- and Career-Ready Students
Cisco Networking Academy provides comprehensive and cost-effective coursework to teach the technology skills that are in high demand in businesses today. The curricula support a broad range of national education goals, including increased student engagement, improved 21st century career skills, and enhanced teacher expertise, and are available to educational institutions and community organizations.
Courses teach multiple levels of Networking and Information Communications Technology (ICT) knowledge and skills. Providing the technology training essential for most 21st century careers and the foundation required for a dedicated career in technology. Our program can help schools identify education paths for students from K-12 onto community college and university.
By implementing Networking Academy courses, you can:
choose a cost-effective, comprehensive program with proven success
Networking Academy curricula are available to nonprofit schools at no cost. There are two requirements that ensure success for instructors and students. The first is classroom lab equipment, which is offered at a substantial discount and varies depending on the course, number of students, etc. The second is instructor training, which is required prior to teaching an academy course, and provided in a cost recovery model by regional training centers.
Curricula are made available to instructors online, meaning textbooks are not required. However, companion guides, lab manuals, video mentors, certification preps and other resources are made available from CiscoPress and often developed in collaboration with our instructors.
Free Teaching Enhancement Tools
Cisco provides a number of teaching enhancement tools for instructors at no cost, including:
Cisco Packet Tracer: a lab simulation tool available to instructors and students to be used with coursework
Interactive teaching guides
Gaming: work scenario environment for students to manage projects and develop work and thinking skills
Case studies: work scenarios for students to build skills and specialties
Communities of support for both instructors and students
Instructor Professional Development
For students to be successful, we need well-equipped teachers. Networking Academy provides ongoing professional development opportunities and communities of support to contribute to the success of our instructors, and ultimately, the students.
Professional development opportunities are provided to active academy instructors and include the following:
Webinar series: free, averaging 2-3 per month, addressing technology, curricula and program updates
Instructor Academy Conference: annual in-person and virtual event providing development sessions and peer networking opportunities
Communities of Support: innovative instructor community portals facilitating best practice sharing and interaction among peers and Cisco
Regional training centers also host a number of development and peer networking opportunities
Launch your students into high-demand IT jobs.
Prepare secondary and post-secondary students for high-skill, high-pay careers with innovative IT and networking courses from Cisco. Progressive levels of courses align to industry certifications, and are adaptable to high school and college degree programs. Students learn the technical and soft skills needed to be successful in today's networked world. Instructors get the support and tools they need to help create student success.
Licensed free to nonprofit high schools, colleges and universities
Hands-on labs, simulations and games
Real-world projects to develop relevant job skills
Adaptable for diverse programs and learning styles
Instructor customization of quizzes, activities and games
Ed standards alignment with STEM initiatives, Common Core Standards, and more
Validated online assessments and equipment discounts
Instructor training and ongoing professional development
Check out the other tabs on this page for more details on benefits to schools, education standards alignment, success stories, and how to get started.
Cisco partners with public and private organizations to help not only shape the future of education and develop students, but also to ensure our education program directly addresses national education standards and requirements.
Areas of focus and priority across the U.S. and Canada include:
Improve test scores
Better prepare students for scientific and technological careers
Encourage student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career paths
Increase sophisticated STEM skills
Prepare students with career-ready skills: problem-solving, analysis, communication, intellectual curiosity
Increase qualified educators to support these education efforts
Networking Academy provides a course of action to address these growing requirements:
Largest and longest running social responsibility program at Cisco
World’s largest classroom, with over one million active students worldwide
Cisco expertise in technology
Innovative teaching techniques
Highly effective classroom and online experiences
Academic rigor combined with 21st century work and thinking skills
Use of technology positively impacts formal and informal STEM learning
Development and community support for instructors and students
Unique private and public partnerships
Aligning to U.S. Education Standards
States are adopting requirements as defined by the STEM Career Clusters, Common Core Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.
Cisco Networking Academy Alignment to Ed Standards
Review these documents for detailed grids aligning academy courses to the education standards listed above. The first page shows how you can use this tool in your planning, to present strategies, to support interdisciplinary teaching, and when applying for related grants.
To become an instructor or to implement Cisco Networking Academy courses at your school, or within your city or state institutions or programs, complete the request form and a representative will contact you.
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