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Virtual Cisco Academy

Welcome to the Western Dakota Tech Public Virtual Cisco Academy. Click on the links below to view and participate in Virtual Cisco Academy classes!

For more information, questions, or assistance, contact:

John Geiman - Computer Science Program Director

Duration: 30 Hours

Course Summary

Get Connected introduces you to basic computer and Internet navigation skills. You'll learn how to:

• Identify different types of computer systems, components, printers, and other devices.
• Understand Microsoft Windows and hot to work with files and folders.
• Understand computer networking, how to browse and search the Internet, and how to use email.
• Create accounts for Facebook, Linkedin, and YouTube.
• Identify common problems and implement simple solutions for hardware, software, and networks.

Get Connected 101


Duration: 10 Hours

Course Summary

The Introduction to Packet Tracer course is designed for beginners with no prior networking knowledge. The self-paced course teaches the basic operations of Cisco Packet Tracer, the robust simulation tool used to visualize networks. Multiple hands-on activities focus on everyday examples including networking and Internet of Things (IoT) exposing learners to important concepts while at the same time reinforcing learnings. Whether you want to develop networking knowledge or you plan to take one of the Networking Academy courses that use Packet Tracer, you'll find Introduction to Packet Tracer provides valuable tips and best practices for using Cisco Packet Tracer.

Introduction to Packet Tracer
*Packet Tracer is PC compatible. If you use an Apple computer, we suggest using a virtual environment on your system to run Packet Tracer.

Duration: 20 Hours

Course Summary

The introduction to IoT course provides an overview of key concepts and challenges related to digital transformation. The course examines the evolution of the Internet and how the interconnection of people, processes, data, and things is transforming every industry. Note: Introduction to IoT replaces the Introduction to the Internet of Everything (IoE) course.

• Learn how digital transformation turns information into action, creating unprecedented economic opportunity.
• Understand how the IoT brings together operational technology and information technology systems.
• Discover how business processes for evaluating and solving problems are being transformed.
•Learn the security concerns that must be considered when implementing IoT solutions.
• Practice what you learn using Cisco Packet Tracer, a network configuration simulation tool.
• Connect to the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

Introduction to IoT


Duration: 15 Hours

Course Summary

The Introduction to Cybersecurity course explores the broad topic of cybersecurity in a way that matters to you. Learn how to protect your personal data and privacy online and in social media, and why more and more IT jobs require cybersecurity awareness and understanding.

• Learn what cybersecurity is and what it means for you personally and professionally.
• Learn how to be safe online by understanding the most common threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities.
• Find out how businesses protect their operations from cyber attacks and why jobs are growing.
• Study at your own pace and reinforce your understanding with activities and quizzes.
• Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

Introduction to Cybersecurity


Duration: 8 Hours

Course Summary

The NDG Linux Unhatched exposes new learners to the basics of Linux software installation and configuration, and introduces the Linux command line in a short self-paced course. Aligned to the Linux exam objectives found on the CompTIA A+ certification, learners develop basic Linux knowledge and whet appetite to further build Linux expertise by continuing with either NDG Linux Essentials or NDG Linux I.

• Learn how Linux is everywhere, from wrist watches to rocket ships, along with the growing career opportunities requiring Linux skills.
• Learn the basics of the Linux Command Line Interface (CLI).
• Apply Linux virtual machine knowledge step-by-step with hands-on lab activities.
• Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

Linux Unhatched

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