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Cisco Live! Mexico: What Your Community Makes Possible through Cisco Networking Academy

Through the Certification: Possible program, Cisco Networking Academy students will have a chance to receive high-level mentoring during the weeks before the event

MEXICO CITY, 27 September, 2012 - Sixteen students from the Cisco Networking Academy™ in the Yucatán Peninsula will have the chance to practice and receive direct supervision from Cisco engineers in order to prepare themselves for the CCNA® certification. In addition, the 12 students with the best exam scores will have the opportunity to participate actively in Cisco Live! Mexico, held this year from November 6 to 8 in Cancun.

Students chosen from academies in Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo will receive direct supervision for over a month from Cisco engineers involved in the organization of Cisco Live! They will also be given the opportunity to take their certification exam by the end of October with the exam fee covered by the event.

The students chosen to participate in Certification: Possible at Cisco Live! México have already finished their full Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) training in the Networking Academy® program. In order to be considered for the program they had to create a video explaining why they wanted to become a Certification Possible candidate.

The Networking Academy celebrates its 14th year in Mexico as one of the largest programs outside the United States, with more than 47,000 students in 388 academies nationwide.  In the Yucatán Peninsula there are more than 25 academies.

The courses required of the participants in Certification: Possible are either CCNA Discovery or CCNA Exploration. Both courses prepare students for the CCNA certification; CCNA Discovery provides an overview of general networking theory and opportunities for practical experience, career exploration, and soft-skills development; CCNA Exploration provides a comprehensive overview of foundational to advanced networking concepts, with an emphasis on theory and practical application.

About Cisco Networking Academy

Every year, the Cisco Networking Academy program teaches hundreds of thousands of students worldwide the skills needed to design, build, manage and secure computer networks -- improving their career prospects while filling the global demand for networking professionals. With 10,000 academies in 165 countries, Networking Academy helps individuals prepare for industry-recognized certifications and entry-level information and communications technology (ICT) careers in virtually every type of industry. Students develop foundational skills in ICT while acquiring vital 21st-century career skills in problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking.

For more information on Cisco Networking Academy visit: www.cisco.com/go/netacad

About Cisco Live!

Cisco Live! is held annually in just four locations worldwide: U.S., U.K., Australia and Mexico. In 2011 Cisco Live! Mexico gathered 2,500 professionals from Mexico and the rest of Latin America who attended 112 sessions; 250 engineers took  certification exams, and 50 partners participated in the World of Solutions.

For further information about Cisco Live! Mexico, the industry's premier education and training event for IT professionals, please visit www.ciscolive.com.

About Cisco

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.com. For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com.

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