Cisco is combining its collaboration technologies and Cisco Networking Academy curriculum to help people with disabilities in Russia gain valuable skills in computer networking that are leading to jobs.
Russia is expected to face a shortfall of more than 100,000 workers skilled in networking technology by 2016. Meanwhile, people with physical or sensory disabilities are not reaching their full career potential. Often their opportunities are limited by lack of access to education, workplaces, transportation, and other services.
The Academy of Borderless Possibilities delivers information and communications technology (ICT) training to students with disabilities remotely, so they don’t have to overcome the challenges of leaving their homes. The program is a partnership between Cisco Networking Academy, the Moscow State Technical University of Radio Technology (MIREA), and Communications Technology Innovations (CTI), a Cisco partner.
Students prepare for industry certifications that can lead to in-demand jobs. A new component of the program, the League of Responsible Employers, is helping graduates find jobs with partner companies like CTI.
“Our goal is not only to prepare highly skilled networking specialists, but also to provide them with jobs.” Sergei Tulinov, founder of the Academy of Borderless Possibilities