Program focuses on growing students’ STEM talents, as well as helping their communities.
The talent shortage in the IT industry isn’t disappearing anytime soon. Robert Half reports in its 2018 Salary Guide that as growing industries such as healthcare, finance and manufacturing increase their reliance on technology, the demand for qualified workers is escalating at a rapid rate.
That’s one reason that Missourians had reason to celebrate as Larry Payne, senior vice president of the U.S. public sector at Cisco, discussed the success of the company’s Networking Academy before a crowd of program graduates, educators and public officials at the Missouri state capitol.
To mark the 20-year anniversary of the program, Payne spoke about how the Cisco Networking Academy has partnered with learning institutions all over the world. In Missouri, Cisco has invested more than $13 million in 44 programs, ultimately educating more than 28,000 students, according to The Missouri Times. Worldwide, the Cisco Networking Academy has worked with more than 7.8 million students and 22,000 educators in 180 countries.