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Cisco Networking Academy

Cisco Networking Academy is the world’s largest and longest running corporate social responsibility education program. For 24 years, Networking Academy has been driven by its mission to empower all people with career opportunities - changing the lives of learners, educators, and communities through the power of technology, education, and career opportunities. Through its best-in-class curriculum, learning platform, tools, and comprehensive career resources, the program prepares learners for the most in-demand technology jobs in areas such as networking, cybersecurity, IoT, and network automation and programmability. Leading-edge remote and hands-on learning with physical equipment and the powerful network simulation tool Cisco Packet Tracer have always set Networking Academy apart. And we continue to develop new ways to use virtual equipment and environments through remote access technology. Through these innovations, we ensure learning is available to anyone with an Internet connection.

The program is available to those as young as 13 years old, those pursuing higher education, and those seeking a new career path. It is delivered through universities, colleges, high schools, nonprofits, governments, and directly to students through its education platforms, allowing the program to reach diverse learners and educators in 180 countries. With 37 percent of its 3.09 million participants in fiscal 2021 from North and South America, 26 percent from Asia Pacific, Japan, and China, and 36 percent from Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Russia, Cisco Networking Academy is making major strides to help address the global technology skills gap. The program is:

  • Comprehensive. A skills-to-jobs learning experience where students work to develop skills they will use in the workplace.
  • Accessible. Content is available through instructor-led or online self-paced courses and through compatible assistive technologies. It’s also localized in up to 27 languages worldwide.
  • Career-focused. Students can access comprehensive career resources and connect to over 700 potential employers through the Talent Bridge program.
  • Proven. Year after year, student surveys show the program provides valuable skills that help them obtain jobs and grow their careers.
In fiscal 2021
3.09 million students served
180 countries
29,300 instructors
12,000 academies

Skills for All

Recognizing the need to reach even more learners, particularly digital natives, including those within underserved and underresourced communities, we launched Skills for All in fiscal 2021. Skills for All is a mobile-first online learning platforming offering a personalized pathway to entry-level technology jobs—no matter where a person is on their learning journey. Learners who are enabled with something as simple as a mobile phone can change their lives. Designed by industry experts, Skills for All makes acquiring technology skills even more inclusive and accessible: it's free, self-paced, uses adaptive learning and gamification technology to drive learner outcomes, and provides learners opportunities to earn digital badges and micro-credentials sought after by employers. Initial courses on the platform are focused on the in-demand industry of cybersecurity, with many others in development.

Skills for All also provides connections to early career jobs and comprehensive career resources through Talent Bridge. Talent Bridge includes a job matching engine (available in 16 languages), an alumni network on LinkedIn, connections to over 700 employment partners, and more. Additionally, Skills for All is a resource for Cisco Networking Academy and our academies to engage learners in new, innovative ways and deepen the value and impact of what we provide.

“Thank you for having this great idea and offering it for free.”

- Introduction to Cybersecurity
student, Philippines


There is ample data on the career benefits of Cisco Networking Academy participation. Between fiscal 2005 (when exit surveys began) and fiscal 2021, the program helped 2.9 million students who participated in Cisco career certification or IT Essentials courses obtain a new job. Among students who participate in Cisco Certification coursework, 95 percent obtain a job and/or educational opportunity, according to these same surveys.

Career resources from the Talent Bridge program are a powerful way we prepare and connect students to jobs. Talent Bridge meets students on their journey, whether they are just starting their studies, are midway through, or about to launch into the tech workforce. It offers resources like:

  • An online job matching engine (available in 16 languages)
  • Career advice (on-demand and self-enroll)
  • An alumni network on LinkedIn

By bridging the gap between our employer partners and our students, the visibility and awareness of Networking Academy has grown with our channel partners and through our Talent Bridge program. Since it started in fiscal 2015, the Talent Bridge program (inclusive of the Talent Bridge Matching Engine) has helped 33,000 students obtain a job. According to our 2021 Networking Academy Student Outcomes Survey, Talent Bridge participants are:

  • Three times more likely to have a job with Cisco or its partners compared to nonparticipants.
  • Better prepared for the workforce—93 percent of participants said it helped them prepare for a job.
  • More likely to find a new job and have a faster time to employment than nonparticipating students.

Learn more about how Networking Academy is transforming students’ lives.

“Networking Academy gave me the skills I needed to walk a different path…I am working on projects that are impactful in the everyday lives of people.”

- Ernest Wambari,
Cisco Networking Academy student,
IT Network Delivery Specialist,
World Food Programme

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93% of active instructors said Networking Academy helped them become a
better educator


Skilled and passionate instructors are essential to Networking Academy’s success. We offer comprehensive professional development and training for our instructors throughout the year. The Instructor Professional Development (IPD) program is designed to ensure our instructor community is well-trained on the latest Networking Academy portfolio offerings while being up-to-speed with the most relevant technological advancements in cybersecurity, software, IoT, and network automation and programmability domains. Instructors have access to a variety of communities within Cisco where they interact directly and share insights with product teams and peer experts. Additionally, feedback from instructors on program direction and enhancements is collected through surveys and instructor advisory boards around the world. This data collection also helps us understand the impact of Networking Academy on instructors’ lives and careers.


Partnerships with academic institutions, nonprofits, and other organizations make the Networking Academy program possible. We continue to grow this network. Some of our academies support underserved and underresourced communities, including rural populations, veterans, persons within the justice system, and people with disabilities. We also partner with governments and NGOs, helping them grow skilled workforces to power a competitive digital economy. To ensure inclusive access, Networking Academy’s curriculum and tools are free to eligible education partners.

Global Problem Solvers: The Series

With Global Problem Solvers: The Series, an animated video series, Cisco is helping students in grades 4-8 learn that being a social entrepreneur is as simple as working with others, being creative, and using technology to solve problems. Each season tackles a different global problem using the different stages of social entrepreneurship, from defining a problem to marketing a product. The series, along with lesson plans for parents and teachers, is available in English, French, Hindi, and Spanish.