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Pearson VUE and Cisco Systems partner in White House IT Pilot

First Lady, Michelle Obama

Pearson VUE is partnering with Cisco Systems Inc. in the Obama Administration’s IT Training and Certification Program, a public-private partnership to connect transitioning and Veteran Service members with high-demand IT jobs. The IT Training and Certification Pilot was announced Monday, April 29, 2013 at a White House press conference with First Lady Michelle Obama; Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council; John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco; and Senior Master Sergeant Alexander Hall.

Following the announcement, First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off the White House forum on military credentialing and licensing at the Eisenhower Executive Building. Pearson VUE, DoD, state and federal government, educational institutions and industry leaders listened intently to the First Lady’s exhortation to help highly trained and deserving Service members, and their families who have given so much, to continue to serve with greatness in civilian careers.

Sue Jackson, Director of Business Growth Government and Military represented Pearson VUE at the event. “I was honored to be a part of this coalition of government and industry leaders working to provide real opportunity to our great men and women in uniform and their deserving families,” said Jackson. The certification exams that Pearson VUE delivers at bases across the globe lead to career advantage and successful transition for our nation’s heroes.”

The unemployment rate of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans age 18-34 has risen above 30%, several times that of their civilian counterparts. This pilot is real effort to put transitioning U.S. Service members and veterans back to work. Cisco IT certifications delivered by Pearson VUE translate the advanced occupational training and experience of our Service members into respected qualifications for rewarding, high-demand civilian IT jobs. Other industry leaders who have committed support to this initiative include CompTIA, Futures Inc, Global Knowledge, GogoTraining, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft Corporation, NetApp, and SANS/GIAC.

Cisco Systems, selected to lead the IT industry in support of this effort, will utilize their WebEx collaboration technology to enable service members to participate in virtual interviews, training and networking opportunities. The IT Training and Certification Program developed by Cisco Systems, along with North Carolina based Futures Inc. will match Military Occupation Codes (MOCs) with private sector career paths.

Cisco is also working with Pearson VUE and training partner Global Knowledge to provide ANSI-accredited Cisco Training that will allow transitioning military personnel to prepare for and take Cisco CCNA certification exams and other globally recognized industry certifications at no cost to participants.

Pearson VUE is proud to partner with Cisco on this important initiative. It is our mission to help transitioning and veteran Service members capitalize on their extensive training and experience for rewarding careers in the civilian sector. To assist in this effort, Pearson VUE and Cisco are donating 500 exam vouchers to Service members who complete training in this program and wish to become Cisco Certified. Delivery of a wide range of certification exams at Pearson VUE authorized test centers on military installations across the globe takes this great opportunity to Service members wherever they live, train and serve.

Last updated 2013-06-20