Veterans/Military - Cisco Networking Academy - U.S. and Canada

Technology Education for Veterans and Active Military

Cisco Networking Academy courses at high schools, community colleges, universities, and military bases throughout the United States teach Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and networking in a hands-on environment. They offer returning veterans (and active military personnel) the technology training essential for careers in many industries today.

Watch video: Cisco Hiring Veterans for Technology Careers [Networking Academy students] (3 min 40 sec)

For more information, visit the Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Veterans Program page.


Deploy your own force multiplier in the job market.

One thing we know about the future:  it will be networked. Get a tactical jump on that future by leveraging Cisco Networking Academy courses to multiply your occupational strengths.

Network and computer systems administrator jobs will grow by 28% between 2010 and 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That represents 96,600 new opportunities, for just one of many growing IT jobs.

Your military experience counts with civilian employers. Whatever your service specialty, Networking Academy courses can boost your job prospects and help you build a career. Computer networking skills are valued in virtually every industry. And they're a great way to make your resume stand out from the competition.

"Military personnel bring a level of maturity and self-reliance that is invaluable to employers. When you take the benefits and character-building of military training, and combine those with the depth and quality of a Networking Academy education, you have the ingredients for a very competitive and confident job candidate." -Lt. Col. Bill Philbrick, U.S.A. retired, former IT director for the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), and Cisco VETS group co-founder

The United States military relies on Networking Academy to teach active duty personnel how to design, install, secure, and manage networks. Since 2000, more than 32,900 Army, Navy, and Marines service members have enrolled in academy courses. As a veteran, you can receive the same high-quality training at a college near you. In most cases, you can use your GI Bill funds to pay for courses at an accredited school.

Networking skills are in great demand. In 2010, there were more than 347,000 network administrators in the U.S., earning a median salary of $69,000. Higher level IT jobs pay more. If you have a networking career in mind, academy courses can prepare you for Cisco certifications that are highly prized by employers. Cisco certified professionals have expertise it takes to work successfully with today's fast-evolving communications technologies.

Networking Academy curricula can empower you to access a wealth of opportunities, in and out of IT. Graduates are primed for exciting new specialties ranging from social-media architecture to mobile technology or cloud computing. They also use their skills to network small businesses and community organizations, and to start their own businesses.

What you can expect:

  • Expertise to succeed in many careers
  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Cutting-edge instruction by global experts
  • Entry-level to advanced courses - all MOSs welcome
  • Membership in an interactive worldwide learning community


Cisco is committed to supporting veterans.

Cisco employment: We count ~2500 former military members among our employees. Cisco's Veterans Enablement & Troop Support (VETS) employee resource group advocates for veterans within the company and helps connect veterans to mentoring, training resources, and career events such as the annual Cisco Veteran's Technology Day.

100,000 Jobs Mission
: This cross-industry coalition of leading U.S. companies ( was launched in 2011 with the aim of hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and veterans by 2020. Besides Cisco, there are more than 80 members, including AT&T, HP, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, TimeWarner, and Wells Fargo, who have hired more than 28,000 veterans as of September 2012.

Hero 2 Hired
: Developed by Futures, Inc. and supported through DOD Yellow Ribbon Re- integration, H2H ( helps service members with job hunting, offering a military-to-civilian jobs translator, career exploration, and more. Futures, Inc. and Cisco are building a jobs pipeline for 140,000 Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans of America and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Local partnerships: Cisco actively seeks to combine the military, higher education, and Cisco resources in collaborative educational and employment partnerships. For example, a diverse partnership in North Carolina brings together Networking Academy, Fort Bragg, Historically Black Colleges & Universities, regional community colleges, North Carolina Central University, and Cisco partner NWN Corp. for a collaborative, hands-on IT training program. Cisco business partners also hire academy graduates.

President's IT Certification Pilot
: Cisco and Futures, Inc. were selected as IT leads by the White House Joining Forces Initiative to pilot fast track training and certification to match job skill requirements of IT employers with military skills.


Get inspired! See how individuals and schools are finding success through Networking Academy courses:


A launch pad to your future opportunities.

Cisco is the worldwide leader in network technologies. With 10,000 participating schools in 165 countries, Cisco Networking Academy courses reach 1 million current students, representing one of the largest educational programs in the world.

Academy students encounter a challenging 21st century learning environment that features hands-on labs, simulations, and real-world collaborative problem solving.

Next Steps:

  1. See what academy students and instructors are saying on social networks (upper right)

  2. Find out which schools offer Networking Academy courses near you

  3. Download brochure: Deploy Your Own Force Multiplier in the Job Market


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