US veterans can now apply their GI Bill benefits towards Cisco Certification exams.
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced that its award-winning certification program is now authorized for use with the Department of Defense’s education program DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support). U.S. military veterans and their eligible dependents may use their GI Bill benefits to cover the full cost of any current Cisco® information technology (IT) certification exam.
“We believe that this collaboration with Cisco will be widely adopted by soldiers and sailors reentering the workforce after their military service,” said Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey, director of DANTES. “By providing access to Cisco’s certification portfolio, DANTES clients will be able to develop the skills and competencies in networking and IT that will open up lucrative and fulfilling career opportunities for our nation’s military veterans.”
Nice move on the part of Cisco. Too bad I used my benefits on college alread. 😦 The article doesn’t have a lot of detail (are you compensated for failed attempts, is the CCIE lab exam covered, etc), but if you are a veteran who is pursueing Cisco certification then definitely follow up with DANTES for more information.
Also in the article (well, press release really) is some good news for networking professionals during this recession:
According to recently released data from IDC, the projected supply of skilled networking professionals is not expected to keep pace with demand, resulting in an 8 percent gap, or 60,000 full-time skilled workers each year by 2011.(1) The need for qualified IT workers is particularly acute in advanced networking fields such as wireless, security and voice. DANTES strives to support military personnel to achieve their professional and personal educational objectives following discharge from active duty.
(1) IDC White Paper sponsored by Cisco Learning Institute, Networking Skills in North America: Trends Gaps, and Strategies, Doc # 210587, May 2008
I have no idea if those numbers are still accurate, but I’ll take any piece of good news I can at this point.