Heredia, Costa Rica
Marc of Lebanon thanks the American University of Technology for help with CCNA, CCNP, CCNA Security which led to a job as a Partner Success Specialist in the IT Industry.
“NetAcad is the foundation of my career! In 2001, I joined an academy while in my 1st year of Engineering school, completed CCNA and directly started a part-time job at an Internet Service Provider. From there on, I kept learning new technologies through CCNA Security and CCNP, then developed my presentation skills through being an instructor and instructor trainer, before joining Cisco in 2011 as a Technical Manager in NetAcad! My love and passion for NetAcad and Cisco technologies took on the driver seat and eventually I achieved the CCIE R&S in 2013. It was a true moment of pride and appreciation for what NetAcad has given me over the years. Here I am 21 years after embarking on my CCNA and 3 different job positions at Cisco, I still have NetAcad blood running through my veins. Happy 25th anniversary!”
Roxana Julia of Mexico city thanks ITESM CEM for help with CCNA and Advance Networking for CCNP which led to a job as a Technical Solutions Architect in the technology industry.
“When I was studying at the ITESM CEM Computer Science. Networking Academy was part of the curricula. For that, I learn about networking, and I fall in love with technology. Then I work with Luis Trejo the person that manages the Academy and I became an instructor and became a CCNA. Later I decided to become a CCIE. For the Academy, I learn about an internship program in cisco and join Cisco in 2004. The Academy show me all my network base, security and more. To be consistent and always I did CCNA, CCNP, CCSP, CCDA, and Security CCIE. I became the first woman to achieve the Security CCIE certification in Latam. I’m very proud to be an Academy participant. Later I work with the Academy (Rebeca de la Vega, Luly Ozuna) on the Hackathons initiative leading the chapter in Mexico and working with Universities, government and partners to innovate and try to grow the Networking Academy program. I’m very proud of what the academy taught me and gives to the world and happy to be part of this. The picture I have is with Rebeca de la Vega and others when we participated at the OECD Hackathon in Mexico.”
James of USA thanks Central Montco Technical High School for help with CCNA which led to a job as Technical Solutions Architect in the Cybersecurity sector.
“Without a doubt I would not be where I’m at today if it wasn’t for my time in the NetAcad. From the fundamentals of troubleshooting, to the real world hands on experience from Internships. In my junior year of high school a then Cisco SE came and talked to a class of mine, I was taken back by the talk and knew the NetAcad was for me. Over the years I have worked many roles from helpdesk to leading multiple teams of talented engineers, and now here at Cisco working with customers get the most of their investments. And in every step along the way one common theme came up, how did I get my start and how do I know this much, I can whole wholeheartedly say it was from my time in the NetAcad, learning from such great instructors and mentors. I’m overly proud to now work for the company that started my learning back in 2001. Congrats on the 25 years and here is to 25 more.”
Tuan of USA thanks Wilcox High School for help with CCNA which led to a job as Senior Member of Technical Staff in the IT sector.
“The CCNA curriculum and courses taught me practical skills in design thinking, problem solving, and collaboration which I have been able to apply to the field of work I am in today which spans cloud infrastructure, software security, CI/CD pipelines, and software development.”
Jozef of Slovakia thanks Technical University of Kosice for helping with CCNA which led to a job as a product manager in the technology education industry.
“Thanks to the Cisco Networking Academy program I found a lot of new lifelong friends, became a teacher, co-founded a startup, and finally ended up making the world a better place every day with Cisco.”
Quinn of Arizona in the US thanks Round Valley High School for help with Networking CCNA which led to a job in the technology industry as a Developer Advocate.
“The foundational skills learned from the Networking Academy gave me the confidence to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, to always push myself, and to always help others. I’ve carried that forward through networking and now into network automation and development, helping to train the next-generation of networking professionals about the power of programmability.”
José of Mexico city thanks TECNOLOGICO DE MONTERREY for help with CCNA as a System Engineer leader in the IT industry.
“Cisco Networking Academy impacted the way I see I can impact others. Through technology, I have been able to impact education institutions to deliver better education and to connect with other peers in the world creating multicultural experiences. During the pandemic, I was able to provide a lot of family’s better life quality through technology and make enterprises more profitable.
Edgar of Santiago Chile thanks Academia de Redes Humboldt for help with CCNA, CCNA Security, CCNP v5 that led to a job as a Network Consulting Engineer in the Communications industry.
“Cisco academy opened up a horizon of enormous knowledge for me, in 2005 networking was something unknown and innovative, it allowed me to find my first job as a Network Admin and then grow to be a CCIE, Thanks to Cisco Network Academy for caring about the training of so many young talents in the world.”
Adrian of California in USA thanks Technical University of Cluj-Napoca for helping with CCNA which led to a job as a Senior Software Engineering Technical Leader in the technology industry.
“The Cisco CCNA course that I took back in 2004-2005 kick started my career, brought me all over the world and finally got me a job with Cisco!”
Clydene of Minnesota thanks Wilmington, North Carolina for help with CCNA Cert Networking Essentials, Wireless and Intro to Cybersecurity which led to a job as a business development manager in Education.
Cisco Networking Academy is a Corporate Social Responsibility give back global program and partners with education offering curriculum to high schools, colleges, universities and community organizations. I went through the Cisco Networking Academy to know what students, instructors needed to know. I taught classes required to have the experience and was the first Cisco US Area Manager in 2005 to get their CCNA Cert. I am blessed with the mentors, co workers and from Cisco leadership this accomplishment that Cisco supported in the pilot program. I share my experience with students, educators and schools in the Midwest where my passion is education, economic development, and seeing training of future employees developed. Changing students’ and instructors’ lives throughout the Midwest and making a difference has been my focus. Over the years I have regularly taken classes and also some of the SFA course opportunities. I also may have some additional pictures in field but, I added the one on below for now. I always love learning and listening to the new champions students, educators.
Alex of Western Australia thanks Central TAFE (and particularly George Murphy) for helping him start his journey with CCNA via Networking Academy. This has sparked his career that led him currently to a role as Consulting Engineer in the technology industry.
“Every day, absolutely. I use the concepts and foundational knowledge I attained through the Cisco Networking Academy to communicate network related concepts to a range of technical, managerial and executive audiences. These are the foundations that anyone who interfaces with network technologies needs to have a firm grasp on, irrespective of specializations. Since starting my CCNA way back, I’ve continued to expand my skill sets through the Networking Academy. These include recently attaining my CCNA DevNet, along with my CCNP Enterprise, CCNA DC, Wireless & Security certifications.”
Robert of the USA thanks Watford Cassio College for help with CCNA which led to a job as Network Consultant in the healthcare and finance sector.
“Completing my CCNA at Cisco Networking Academy back in 2006 paved the way for the successful IT career which I currently enjoy. Without the courses and certifications which were available to me through the Cisco Networking Academy, I would most likely still be working in a dead-end job as a retail manager. I am very grateful to Cisco as a company for providing me with the skills to install and configure their products and which enables me to have a well-paid job to provide for my family.”
Nathan of Australia thanks Meadowbank TAFE for helping him with CCNA which led to a job as a Systems Engineer in the technology industry.
“Studying a CCNA at a Networking Academy was the launchpad for my IT career. I had obtained general IT knowledge through a IT helpdesk role and other studies. CCNA study enabled me with the skills and knowledge I needed to step outside of my IT helpdesk role and into the world of network engineering.”
José of Heredia, Costa Rica thanks Sykes Academy for helping with Networking – CCNA which led to a job as a Technical Consulting Engineer with a Service provider.
“The skills I learnt through Cisco Networking Academy impacted me a great deal. I completed 4 modules of CCNA and was immediately hired by the TAC (outsourcing) for 8 years. I moved on to work at Cisco and have been employed here for 6 years.”
Devin of North Carolina, USA thanks Wake Technical Community College, Central Carolina Community College, East Carolina University for helping with Networking (CCNA, CCNP), Security (CCNA Sec) which led to a job as a Systems Engineer in Information Technology.
”Cisco Networking Academy was where I found my love for networking. It kick-started my career and gave me a clear path to develop the skill set I leverage every day to assist customers in designing, optimizing, and evolving their networks.”