11/10/08 Cisco and Technology Learning
As you might know Cisco is a company dedicated to engineering hardware and software technologies for communications and networking. Cisco devices are virtually everywhere and therefore technological and especially computer systems careers often require students to learn about Cisco devices.
One way for college students to demonstrate their Cisco expertise are the Cisco certification exams, a very long list of exams are available, they are divided by area of knowledge. However usually the basic CCNA (Cisco Certified Network associate) is what most technology programs in college level initially prepare students for. What is surprising is that not only technology students seem to obtain great benefit from taking these certifications exams, but as shown by studies such as the “Indiana University CCNA six month program follow up”, CCNA programs had an “education effect on high school students and an “employment effect” on community college students in the United States”.
Programs that encourage Cisco learning are established and organized by the Cisco Learning Institute founded by Cisco in 1999. it is a not profit organization that “promotes the effective, appropriate use of technology to advance learning”, the institute often awards students around the world who demonstrate commitment to networking education and learning.
Marisa Mariscotti is an example of one of forty students recently awarded worldwide with the 2008 Panduit Excellence scholarship, one of the CCNA awards offered by the Cisco Learning institute. She is a student at CNIT a community college in San Francisco. What is special about her case — besides the fact that she is the only woman in the United States awarded– is that her career is not technological as one might think instantaneously, but rather artistic “Marisa is a professional modern dancer”. Her interest in technology is just part of her efforts to build a wider skill set and variety of knowledge.
Technological advancement is available for everyone seeking to expand their professional experience and anyone can find great benefit from technological training. Cisco classes are just and example of it but it goes well beyond it, any technology related expertise is very well appreciated in the real world work environment.
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