Gov. Mike Easley, touring Southeast Raleigh High School and its Cisco Networking Academy involvement there, called for more efforts to better prepare students for the workforce and college upon graduation.

“I congratulate Cisco for connecting students to the workforce, helping them build marketable skills and teaching them the relevance of high school as it relates to the working world and higher education,” Easley said. “I want to know that when a student walks off the stage with a high school diploma that it means something.”

Southeast Raleigh HS features one of 167 Cisco programs in North Carolina. Some 3,400 students are involved. The academies, which provide trouble-shooting and Internet technology skills plus development of teamwork, problem solving and communications, are made available in 72 counties in high schools, community colleges and vocational schools.

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