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Cisco loves STEM: Coding education important for all ages

by Stephanie Chan

Cisco loves STEM: Coding education important for all ages

Computer Science Education Week encourages young people to dive into code.

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is a time to encourage people of any age to embrace computer science. A big part of CSEdWeek, which runs from December 4th through December 10th, focuses on Hour of Code--  an initiative for people to try just one hour of code per day. This program provides hour-long tutorials for all ages available in more than 45 languages.

Some Hour of Code programs are tailored specifically to kids, including Minecraft activities, building a galaxy with Star Wars, robot games, and even how to create your own Google Doodle through code.

There are more than 124,352 CSEdWeek and Hour of Code events around the world, and influencers are taking to social media to encourage even more people to get involved.

Cisco remains committed to advancing STEM education, and the company provides computer science education resources to people around the world, in an effort to build skills and careers. Cisco's Networking Academy (NetAcad) offers courses ranging from networking, Internet of Things, business, security, and more. Students can also get certified and find a job in IT. NetAcad isn't just for students. Educators can also access the curriculum, and it's also a great resource for people looking for qualified talent.

NetAcad has reached more than 7.8 million students in 180+ countries, and students meet goals like new careers and opportunities every day. 

Recently, the program celebrated its 20-year anniversary, marking Cisco's longest-running and largest corporate social responsibility program. Other things NetAcad can celebrate this anniversary are the 1.6 million students who have completed advanced courses, the 22,000 instructors who have received training and curriculum, and $2.6 billion in in-kind contributions towards education worldwide.

In an effort to bring IT education and careers to various demographics around the world, NetAcad promotes diversity through unique learning opportunities. 24% of NetAcad students are female, with Latin America and Africa's female enrollment way above that average. The United States NetAcad enrollment also includes 30% underrepresented minorities.

Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Tae Yoo, looks forward to the next 20 years of Networking Academy, working towards growing partnerships and evolving their program curriculum.