Cisco Addresses Global Networking Skills Gap

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<p><strong>San Jose, Calif. &mdash; June 26</strong><br />Cisco has announced the addition of a new entry-level certification, Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) to its Career Certification Program, along with significant enhancements to the popular Cisco CCNA associate-level certification.&nbsp; </p><p>Simultaneously, Cisco also plans to localize both the curricula and certification exams to meet the worldwide demand for networking skills.<br /><br />As networks continue to drive economic growth, collaboration and human interaction, the need for networking talent grows in importance. </p><p>IDC is predicting as much as a 40 percent gap between the demand and supply of technical networking skills by year 2012. To address these needs, Cisco is making significant investments in its education and certification programs to equip more people for successful careers in networking.<br /><br />CCENT presents a new point of entry to those just beginning to build a career in networking.&nbsp; </p><p>As an optional steppingstone to CCNA, CCENT validates the skills required to successfully install and verify basic networks &mdash; a requirement for most entry-level network support positions.&nbsp; </p><p>At the same time, Cisco&#39;s foundational CCNA curriculum has been revised to include a greater breadth of networking topics and more focus on performance-based skills to differentiate Cisco certified applicants in the IT job market.&nbsp; </p><p>The CCNA curriculum will be released in English on July 26, and the exams will be released in English on Aug. 1.</p><p>Additional languages will be announced as translation plans are finalized. <br /><br />&quot;Cisco is committed to transforming how people interact and share information across the world,&quot; said Wim Elfrink, chief globalization officer and senior vice president of customer advocacy. &quot;By powering the human network, we will enable a new approach for our customers to work in the global marketplace.</p><p>&quot;We are dedicated to leading worldwide development of the right technical expertise, in the right place and at the right time, to make sure our customers and partners have the best possible experience with our technology. The introduction of CCENT and localization plans for our foundational curricula, underscore our commitment to accelerate the learning curve for technical talent across the globe.&quot;<br /><br />Laying the groundwork for more rigorous certification, CCENT validates the knowledge and skills needed to configure and verify small routed and switched networks, including the ability to configure IP addressing, implement basic security measures and understand the concepts of wireless networking.<br /><br />A comprehensive understanding of networking fundamentals is the focus of CCNA.&nbsp; </p><p>Certification at this level validates the knowledge and skills required to install, operate and troubleshoot a small to medium routed and switched network, including the ability to implement and troubleshoot protocols to manage addressing and authentication, as well as establish and troubleshoot connections to service providers over a wide-area network.<br /><br />The CCNA Prep Center is available to anyone with a Cisco.com login to help candidates prepare for the CCENT and CCNA exams.&nbsp; </p><p>The CCNA Prep Center provides certification candidates access to a wide variety of resources to accelerate learning including practice questions, labs, games, simulations, tips, expert advice, success stories and peer discussion forums. <br /><br />&quot;Career opportunities in networking are abundant and span a wide array of experiences from software applications and systems design to troubleshooting global networks that span all business, government and person-to-person communications,&quot; said Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, Learning@Cisco senior director. &quot;Networking offers people a broad opportunity for career advancement while learning about the world, about business and about ways to improve human interaction. The Cisco training and certification program provides network designers and engineers with a solid foundation on which they will change how people collaborate and communicate in the future.&quot;</p>

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