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Turning the Cycle of Poverty into a Cycle of Success

"My life has changed because I graduated from PNC."

Menn Dol, networking engineer, Chuan Wei Telecom

One-third of Cambodia’s residents live on less than US$1 a day and more than half are under age 21. Passerelles numériques Cambodia (PNC) and Cisco Networking Academy partner to prepare impoverished youth for technology careers—helping them break the cycle of poverty and raise the standard of living for them and their families. 

Impoverished youth lack access to education

Access to education is limited and costly for young people in Cambodia. Many cannot afford school fees beyond basic education.

In 2005, PNC, a French non-governmental organization, established a 2-year job training program to provide technology training, soft skills training, and internships that lead to jobs in information technology (IT) and significantly raise the standard of living for graduates and their families. 

  • US$62 per month is the average income of students’ families who are accepted into the program
  • Only 16% of Cambodians who are of college age attend university
  • School and university infrastructures are inadequate for the population

Free, high-quality technical training

PNC’s laser focus on preparing students for success in IT led them to Cisco. In 2005, PNC began offering the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum.

The curriculum enabled PNC to deliver high-level, technical, hands-on training, giving students the opportunity to compete in national and international Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders competitions and sit for industry-recognized certifications.

  • At Least 50% of PNC students are female.
  • US$221 per month is the average salary of PNC students three months after graduation
  • US$342 per month—more than five times the national average—is the average salary of PNC graduates after three years
  • Since 2005, 545 students have graduated from the systems and network administration program, which uses the Networking Academy curriculum
  • 100% of 2016 graduates with Networking Academy training found jobs within three months of graduation

Lifting students from poverty

Companies recognize the value of the PNC approach to training and seek out their graduates.

When Dol Meun began training at PNC, he had never heard of Cisco and barely understood English. Two years later, Dol won both the Cisco CCENT national and the Cisco CCNA national NetRiders competitions.

Based on his Cisco training and NetRiders success, Eintellego Networks offered Dol Meun a position as a network engineer, managing customer networks in Australia and New Zealand.

In just two years, he became the top networking student in Cambodia and launched his IT career.  

  • PNC graduates send about 30% of their salaries to their families
  • Graduates donate back to PNC to support training for the next class
  • In just over two years, graduates earn a salary equivalent to the amount invested in their training at PNC

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