How one Canadian Cisco Networking Academy student lived the dream at Cisco Live 2012

Did you know that Cisco currently has over 18,000 students enrolled in 244 Networking Academies across Canada? Cisco Networking Academy is a comprehensive e-learning program that enables students to earn valuable information and communication technology skills, often right through their local high school or post-secondary school’s existing curriculum. Simply put, Networking Academy gives students interested in pursuing a career in IT, or those simply interested in IT as a hobby, the chance to develop industry-recognized skills as part of their everyday school curriculum. And the results? Over 600,000 students worldwide participate in the program annually, receiving the same high-quality education supported by online content and assessment, performance tracking, hands-on labs, and interactive learning tools. It’s the world’s largest classroom.

Every year, Cisco invites its top Networking Academy instructors to nominate one of their best students to be part of a special task force called the Cisco Dream Team. The Dream Team is comprised of ten students from across North America and are responsible for setting up the network that will serve thousands of attendees at our annual Cisco Live event. The job is far from a simple one, but what a rewarding experience! For the members of the Dream Team, it’s an opportunity of a lifetime.

This year was to be very different for one Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) student from Gatineau, Quebec. Guillaume St-Georges was the lone Canadian selected to be a part of the Dream Team at Cisco Live 2012. Graduating this year with excellent grades and a solid 16-week co-op experience, his passion to learn was remarkable enough for his instructor from Cegep de l’Outaouais, Bernard Brunet, to nominate Guillaume for a seat on the Dream Team… and he got it! The rest is history. Read more about Guillaume’s story here as he shares his experience at the event.

Any one of you can have the opportunity to participate at one of Cisco’s most important technical gatherings, just like Guillaume. The recipe? Keep learning, living, and most importantly have fun with it! That is Cisco’s motto.

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About Wadih Zaatar

Wadih Zaatar is the Cisco Networking Academy Area Manager for Canada, supporting the program across all provinces. The Cisco curriculum is currently taught in more than 220 academic institutions across Canada, with 20,000 students currently enrolled. Prior to managing the program for Canada in 2010, Wadih covered the Middle East and Africa as a Technical Manager for the program. Wadih Zaatar est le directeur régional pour le Canada de Cisco Networking Academy qui prend en charge le programme de formation pour toutes les provinces. Le curriculum de Cisco est enseigné actuellement dans plus de 220 établissements d'enseignement à la grandeur du Canada, avec 20 000 étudiants inscrits actuellement. Avant d'assumer la direction du programme pour le Canada en 2010, Wadih couvrait la région du Moyen-Orient et de l'Afrique à titre de directeur technique du programme.
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2 Responses to How one Canadian Cisco Networking Academy student lived the dream at Cisco Live 2012

  1. Njukang T Fernandez says:

    i have always dream of a career in networking and present looking forward to have one of the best school in canada to study there.Thanks. My email is -email address withheld-. pending for reply

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