- North Technical High School
Students Learn About Employment Opportunities at World Wide Technology
December 16, 2021 - Cisco Networking Academy is one of the most vigorous programs offered at North and South Tech High Schools. Students learn how to design, install, and troubleshoot complex computer networks using a college level curriculum and can earn up to 25 college credits, making it an honors level course. To inform students about career opportunities available to them after completing this robust program, World Wide Technology made a stop at both schools in December. Recruiter for the Global Supply Chain and Global Operations Team Kristen Burnette gave presentations about the St. Louis based company, and informed students about technician positions available post-graduation.
“Two opportunities or programs that are offered at North and South Tech, Electrical Trades and the Cisco Networking Academy, are two areas that would definitely be able to impact our integration technology centers and AT&T technology lab as far as technician positions go,” said Burnette.
In the Networking Academy, students learn how to configure Cisco routers, switches, and wireless networks, allowing them to gain real world experience and become prepared to work for organizations like World Wide Technology. They can also earn their Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification, qualifying them for high-paying, entry-level positions.
“World Wide Technology is one of the largest sellers of Cisco equipment,” said South Tech Cisco Networking Teacher Michele Myers. “Our students learn all the Cisco commands and all about the equipment. That’s definitely a huge step up for them in the field. They already have that experience and other people may not have that specific Cisco knowledge.”
World Wide Technology reached out to the tech schools to form an apprenticeship in 2020. North Tech Cisco Academy Instructor Jim Elkins says that that in itself is an accomplishment and a testament to the hard work of the students who have proven that they are capable of doing the work right out of high school. South Tech senior Darren Townsend has an interest in working for World Wide Technology. Darren was attracted to the flexibility of being able to work and go to school, especially since World Wide Technology offers tuition reimbursement after one year of service.
“I think it was a good presentation,” said Townsend. “Now, I’m leaning a lot more towards working for World Wide Technology after graduation because I want to go to college too. I like the shift options that Burnette mentioned. If I choose the weekend shift, sure I’ll be working 12 hours, but I could also go to college. I would have a lot of options to work and still go to school.”
A 2020 South Tech graduate recently accepted a position at World Wide Technology and will start working in January. Myers and Elkins say their goal is to show students that what they are learning in class is of value and can be used to get a job with great benefits and a high salary. They look forward to continuing to provide excellent candidates to fill the talent pipelines of partners like World Wide Technology.