Cisco Systems, Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Company announced
that HP is sponsoring "IT Essentials" courses through the
Cisco Networking Academy Program. Designed to help expand the pipeline
of trained and certified information technology professionals, the IT Essentials
curriculum provides in-depth exposure to PC hardware and desktop operating
systems, and an introduction to networking and network operating systems.
"HP's sponsorship of the IT Essentials curriculum is right in
line with our emphasis on widening the reach of technology education and
e-learning," said Debra Dunn, vice president, HP Strategy
and Corporate Operations. "Being part of the Cisco Networking
Academy Program expands the significance of HP's contribution to the growth
of IT knowledge and skills worldwide."
The Cisco Networking Academy Program is a comprehensive e-learning program
that teaches students the Internet technology skills essential for success
in a global economy. Technology experts and educators together developed
the web-based curriculum, online assessment, hands-on labs, instructor
training and support, and preparation for industry-standard certifications.
Launched in 1997, the Networking Academy program comprises more than
8,800 Academies in 140 countries. More than 261,000 students are enrolled
in Academies in high schools, colleges and universities, technical schools,
community-based organizations and other educational programs around the
world. The IT Essentials curriculum has been in high demand from Academy
instructors around the world, and complements the 10 IT courses already
offered in the Academy program.