PHOENIX, March 16, 2012 — University of Phoenix today announced an agreement with Cisco that will create new programs dedicated to providing the body of knowledge needed to attain the Cisco CCNA(R) certification. Cisco is an industry leader in network support, and the associate-level CCNA certification is vital to those seeking to enter or advance in the high-growth field of system networking and support.
Job growth for network administrators, network support specialists and computer network architects is projected to grow by more than 20 percent by 2018 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With this opportunity comes a need for highly trained workers familiar with the latest networking technology and systems.
"University of Phoenix is dedicated to providing our students with employable education that is relevant to the current needs of their industries. This new agreement with Cisco is a perfect complement to this commitment," said Dr. Bill Pepicello, president of University of Phoenix. "Not only will we be able to offer our students another venue to obtain relevant industry experience, we are able to offer an important degree and certificate program that combines University of Phoenix's best-in-class learning technologies with Cisco's industry-leading network training and support."
University of Phoenix is the first university to offer an associate degree program with a concentration specifically designed with CCNA certification as part of Cisco's new Workforce Transformation Program. For those students interested in gaining just the certification, Cisco's technology curricula have also been incorporated into a separate certificate program which offers the CCNA-specific courses as a stand-alone program.
"University of Phoenix has one of the best and largest IT degree programs in the world," says Andres Sintes, global director of Cisco's Worldwide Learning Partner Channels. "Coupled for the first time with Cisco's award-winning certification program, this unique union is truly enabling workforce transformation, which can only help individuals and our economy."
"The addition of the Cisco courses enables University of Phoenix students to further enhance their backgrounds with practical insight and IT skills that translate directly to the workplace," Pepicello continued. "They enhance the existing University of Phoenix curriculum by combining both companies' technological resources to create a distinctive and highly applicable mix of classroom and lab-based, industry-specific learning techniques."
To learn more about University of Phoenix and its CCNA programs, please visit www.phoenix.edu/programs/aait-ccna or call 866-766-0766.
About the College of Information Systems and Technology
University of Phoenix College of Information Systems and Technology is a national leader and advocate for the development and advancement of IT in the landscape of global business operations. The College graduates more IT students than any other institution in the nation and offers associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Its Faculty Advisory Council, composed of experts and leaders in the IT field, helps ensure curriculum is on pace with national and international market demands. Providing innovative digital learning tools developed to suit all learning styles, the College focuses on building technical knowledge and its successful application to real-world business environments. For more information, visit http://www.phoenix.edu/colleges_divisions/technology.html .
About University of Phoenix
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