The 21st century runs on digital networks. Businesses of all kinds depend on a workforce educated to design, build and operate these networks. By 2016, it is expected that 90% of jobs will require technology skills and almost all jobs will be ICT – enabled (www.idc.com).
The digital divide is the economic wedge issue of the 21st century. Minorities and girls in particular are at a significant disadvantage, and our program aims to focus efforts in recruiting students in this demographic. Cisco Networking Academy courses prepare students for ANSI Career Clusters, and align with STEM Career Clusters, Common Core, Next Generation Science, and 21st Century Skills.
Technology is the number one factor mentioned by leading CEO's. Retired Cisco CEO, John Chambers, stated: "I believe the Internet and education are the two greatest equalizers in life. With access to technology and the right skills and training, the next 'killer app' could come from anywhere in the world" and I would add - even Camden, NJ.