1 millionth Cisco certification milestone occurs during much ballyhooed Cisco worldwide talent shortage!

Cisco 1 Millionth Certification Milestone
On April 9, 2008, Cisco announced a major milestone in its ongoing efforts to equip more people for successful careers in networking. To date, Cisco has issued more than 1 million certifications to networking professionals worldwide. Furthermore, as of April 6th, 2008 - 19,426 CCIE certificates have been awarded during the entire history of the Cisco CCIE program.

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn
"The continued growth of our training and certification program is indicative of the value that Cisco certifications hold in the marketplace," said Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn - General Manager of Learning@Cisco. "By continually refreshing our certification training materials and exams as well as taking aggressive steps to safeguard exam integrity through our test-delivery partner Pearson VUE, employers are able to count on the fact that Cisco certified individuals are equipped with the most up-to-date understanding of networking technology while being able to demonstrate a valid measure of knowledge and competency to sustain their companies' competitive advantage."
John Chambers
Simultaneously this month, Cisco CEO - John Chambers expounded upon the need to expand H-1B status capability. Within days of that statment by Chambers, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a highly unusual and very controversial emergency ruling, that automatically extended the period of stay and work authorization for all F-1 students with pending H-1B petitions (without Congressional approval or public comment). Furthermore, at their Channel Partner Summit meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii this month, Cisco issued a press release with regard to helping preempt a skills shortage among Cisco channel partners worldwide. Remarkably at the same meeting, Celia Harper Guerra - Director of Worldwide Partner Talent at Cisco gave a presentation to Cisco channel partners that showed Cisco receives 20,000 CV/Resumes per month (i.e. 240,000 per year). Additionally during that same presentation, Cisco touted that 200,000 active registered graduates of the Cisco Networking Academy are now part of the Cisco Career Connections web site.

Do YOU find it as odd as yours truly that during the 1 millionth Cisco certification milestone, Cisco is simultaneously touting a worldwide talent shortage as well as the need to increase H-1B visas for foreign workers in the U.S.?

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