Cisco Networking Academy Introduces Innovative Approach to Learning, Teaching, Curricula

<p><strong>San Jose, Calif. &mdash; June 28</strong><br />For nearly a decade, Cisco Networking Academy has partnered with the educational community to help people worldwide realize the dream of a better life by teaching<br />valuable networking and IT skills. </p><p>Cisco Networking Academy has announced an evolution of its core curriculum to keep pace with the swiftly changing requirements of an increasingly connected world and the<br />growing demand for a technically skilled workforce in a competitive global marketplace.&nbsp; </p><p>These new courses are the direct result of the academy&#39;s increased focus on providing students the skills they need to pursue rewarding IT careers in business-critical positions and industries ranging from technology and finance to medicine and entertainment.<br /><br />The newly expanded curriculum provides both entry-level and more-advanced students with the expertise they need to succeed in a wide range of careers. </p><p>The curriculum now consists of two tracks, CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration, which address different student segments based on their academic experience and goals. </p><p>The CCNP curriculum also has been updated to prepare entry-level and advanced students for careers in enterprise networking.<br /><br />&quot;With the dramatic advancements in networking technology over the last 10 years, today&#39;s highly competitive global marketplace requires a workforce that is technically skilled,&quot; said Amy Christen, Cisco Networking Academy and Corporate Affairs Operations vice president. &quot;We recognize that &#39;one size does not fit all,&#39; and the academy needs to evolve to accommodate differences in student capabilities, goals and environments around the globe.&quot; </p><p>CCNA Discovery provides students with technical skills, as well as career exploration and soft skills, necessary to succeed in entry-level etworking professions such as a network technician, help desk technician and pre-sales support.&nbsp; </p><p>Upon entering the CCNA Discovery curriculum, students are not expected to have any particular technical ability or knowledge, beyond basic PC usage skills.&nbsp; </p><p>CCNA Discovery maps directly to everyday experiences with networks and covers key networking concepts based on the types of practical network environments students might encounter &mdash; from small office and home office (SOHO) networking to more complex enterprise and theoretical networking models later in the curriculum. </p><p>It uses easy-to-follow, extensive labs with detailed instructions and feedback to help students learn through real experience how to design, build and maintain networks.&nbsp; </p><p>The courses use a career-oriented approach to learning networking. </p><p>CCNA Discovery is designed to be offered as an independent curriculum or integrated into broader course of study at secondary schools, technical schools and colleges.<br /><br />&quot;Students will love the fresh, clean look of the new CCNA Discovery curriculum because it is dynamic and interactive with excellent graphics,&quot; said Linda Lester of the Chesterfield Technical Center, an organization that provides specialized training to students at Chesterfield County High Schools in Virginia. <br /><br />CCNA Exploration provides students with the technical skills necessary to succeed in networking-related degree programs and a wide range of networking professions such as network technician, network administrator and network engineer. </p><p>CCNA Exploration allows students to learn these skills in a more rigorous, comprehensive, theoretical and practical way, reflective of degree-oriented college and university-level educational practices. </p><p>The participants in CCNA Exploration are expected to have advanced problem-solving and analytical skills typically associated with students pursuing a degree in engineering, math or science. </p><p>The curriculum uses language that allows for integration with other engineering concepts and includes complex and challenging hands-on labs, where students must derive final solutions potentially requiring additional research and without step-by-step instructions. </p><p>CCNA Exploration can be easily integrated into existing curricula or degree programs at technical schools, colleges and universities.&nbsp; </p>

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