About Us

World changers aren’t born. They are made.

As the world changes all around us, acquiring technical skills is what brings opportunity and the promise of education is what offers hope. Who will teach and nurture these world changers of tomorrow, these global problem solvers? We will. Together with our education, instructor, training and employment partners we’ve made a commitment to developing the workforce of the future. Join us as we change the world – one student at a time.

Cisco Networking Academy at 20 years

Since 1997, Cisco Networking Academy has been working toward a single goal: fostering the technical and entrepreneurial skills that people, educators, and companies need to change the world for the better.

It began as an act of community

In 1997, Cisco donated some networking equipment to a local school. But no one was trained on it, so the gear sat unused.

This initial donation led to a valuable insight

Technology is truly powerful when combined with education. Cisco Networking Academy was born that day, as we trained the staff to build their network.

It became a movement

Cisco Networking Academy quickly grew from a single school to become an ever-expanding community of students, educators, employers, NGOs, Cisco employees, and customers.

Now taught in 180 countries

We help shape communities and economies around the globe.

Impacting the lives of 7.8 million students

We’ve created a pipeline of technical talent ready to innovate and shape the future.

In partnership with 22,000 educators at 10,400 academies

We’re working with educators and instructors all over the world to deliver the best curricula for today’s world.

Amounting to $2.6 billion

Cisco Networking Academy has made in-kind contributions worth billions in tools, resources, and support to students, schools and instructors.

Leading to our goal: one billion people by 2025

By empowering individuals and organizations with problem-solving skills and transformative technologies, we will help bring the benefits of digitization to one billion people by 2025.

Join us as we positively impact

1 billion lives

Networking Academy is one of Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility priorities.