SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) Networking Academy has enrolled its 1 millionth concurrent student for the first time.

The company’s program delivers information and communications technology (ICT) education through in-classroom learning combined with cloud-based curricula and tools to prepare students for careers in the 21st-century.

The initiative is a partnership with educational institutions, government administrations and community-based organizations around the world.

“Networking Academy is truly the world’s largest classroom,” Amy Christen, vice president of Cisco Corporate Affairs and Networking Academy. “The unique delivery model combines the power of the network and the cloud with the global need for ICT skills-based education to address the critical need for networking professionals around the world.”

Cisco Networking Academy teaches students how to design, build, troubleshoot, and secure computer networks for increased access to career and economic opportunities in communities around the world. Students who complete the program often go on to secure entry-level career opportunities, participate in continuing education and achieve globally-recognized career certifications.

“As I make steps forward in my career, I carry with me the knowledge and the solid foundation that the Networking Academy built.” Kelly Gheesling, a Networking Academy graduate from Michigan. “I love my job, and I am grateful for all of the doors this program has opened.”

The Networking Academy began in 1997 with 64 schools and has grown to 10,000 academies in 165 countries. Nearly four million students have participated in the program to date.

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