One-third of Cambodia’s residents live on less than $1 a day and more than half are under age 21. Passerelles numériques Cambodia (PNC) and Cisco Networking Academy partner to prepare impoverished youth for technology careers – helping them break the cycle of poverty and raise the standard of living for them and their families.
Access to education is limited and costly for young people in Cambodia. Many cannot afford school fees beyond basic education. In 2005, PNC, a French non-governmental organization, established a 2-year job training program to provide technology training, soft skills training, and internships that lead to jobs in information and communications technology (ICT) and significantly raise the standard of living for graduates and their families.
PNC’s laser focus on preparing students for success in ICT led them to Cisco. In 2005, PNC began offering the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum, delivering a high level of technical, hands-on training with the opportunity to compete in national and international Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders competitions and sit for industry-recognized certifications.
Companies recognize the value of the PNC approach to training and seek out their graduates. When Dol Meun began training at PNC, he had never heard of Cisco and barely understood English. Two years later, Dol won both the Cisco CCENT national and the Cisco CCNA national NetRiders competitions. Based on his Cisco training and NetRiders success, Eintellego Networks offered him a position as a network engineer, managing customer networks in Australia and New Zealand. In just 2 years, he became the top networking student in Cambodia and launched his ICT career.