News Release

Cisco Networking Academy™ Program Welcomes HP in Efforts to Prepare Students for IT Careers

HP sponsors high-demand IT Essentials courses to be delivered to Networking Academy students around the world
Apr 02, 2002

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 2, 2002 - Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) and Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) today announced that HP is sponsoring IT Essentials courses through the Cisco Networking Academy Program. Designed to help expand the pipeline of trained and certified information technology professionals, the IT Essentials curriculum provides in-depth exposure to PC hardware and desktop operating systems, and an introduction to networking and network operating systems.

"HP's sponsorship of the IT Essentials curriculum is right in line with our emphasis on widening the reach of technology education and e-learning," said Debra Dunn, vice president, HP Strategy and Corporate Operations. "Being part of the Cisco Networking Academy Program expands the significance of HP's contribution to the growth of IT knowledge and skills worldwide."

The Cisco Networking Academy Program is a comprehensive e-learning program that teaches students the Internet technology skills essential for success in a global economy. Technology experts and educators together developed the web-based curriculum, online assessment, hands-on labs, instructor training and support, and preparation for industry-standard certifications.

Launched in 1997, the Networking Academy program comprises more than 8,800 Academies in 140 countries. More than 261,000 students are enrolled in Academies in high schools, colleges and universities, technical schools, community-based organizations and other educational programs around the world. The IT Essentials curriculum has been in high demand from Academy instructors around the world, and complements the 10 IT courses already offered in the Academy program.

"Cisco and HP together can make an even bigger impact on education around the world," said John P. Morgridge, Chairman, Cisco Systems. "Joining forces will help to provide more students of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to take advantage of what the Internet has to offer."

To be rolled out in May 2002, IT Essentials curriculum comprises two 70-hour courses. IT Essentials I will provide a comprehensive, lab-oriented introduction to IT and data communications, and will prepare students for CompTIA's A+ certification. The course includes building a computer, installing the operating system, adding peripherals, and connecting to a local area network and the Internet.

IT Essentials II focuses on network operating systems, covering characteristics of the HP-UX, Linux and Microsoft Windows and XP operating systems. The course includes installation and backup procedures, security issues and remote access.