Cisco is a company that designs, manufactures and sells networking equipment.
The Cisco Networking Academy is an IT and career skills development program that is offered free-of-charge to secondary schools throughout Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Schools can choose courses to complement their academic or vocational programs. The program provides those wishing to expand the ICT components of their STEM program.
The Cisco Networking Academy offerings include self-driven courseware for students and teachers across core skill areas such as Cyber Security, Internet of Everything (IOE) and Entrepreneurship. These courses only require facilitation as all the quizzes and modules can be completed in a self-paced mode. This is called the ‘Entry Level’ Program.
The curriculum combines in-depth technical training and professional skills development.
Teachers can track student progress and connect with other educators and IT experts. You can also point students to career building resources.
Any STELR school can independently become a stand-alone Academy in the Cisco Networking Academy.
The advantages for a school in having a partnership with Cisco include:
- VIP Excursions to Cisco offices across the country
- Select merchandise at certain times of the year
- Free attendance to live events such as:
- Cisco Live ’Student Summit’, (Melbourne Exhibition Centre – March 2016),
- Access to free Cisco TV Series of ‘TED style talks’ called Find Yourself in the Future, and Women Rock IT (quarterly event)
- Access to free courseware
- A Cisco Mentor can be attached to your school as a part of the CSIRO program Scientists, Mathematicians and ICT in Schools.
To find out more, please contact Emma Broadbent at Cisco.