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IT Essentials from CISCO Academy 

Requirements: The curriculum is designed for upper secondary schools, technical schools, and colleges or universities. Cisco Packet Tracer activities are designed for use with Packet Tracer 7.2.1 or later. Before you take this course, you should have a basic understanding of computers. You should be familiar with how to: use a mouse and keyboard, install and run programs, use basic productivity software, including word processing applications and save files created by common applications 

This 70-hour IT Essentials (ITE) course is an instructor-led course. It includes activities using Packet Tracer, hands-on lab work, and a wide array of assessment types and tools. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of computer hardware and software, mobile devices, security and networking concepts, and the responsibilities of an IT professional. The latest release includes mobile devices, Linux, and client-side virtualization, as well as expanded information about Microsoft Windows operating systems, security, networking, and troubleshooting. ITE 7.0 curriculum prepares students for the CompTIA A+ certification exams 220-1001 and 220-1002. 

Students will be able to:  

  • Describe the internal components of a computer and assemble a computer system.
  • Install and understand operating systems on computers and mobile devices.
  • Connect to the Internet and share resources in a networked environment.
  • Troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software.

NCITS-CS002 cost: $1399 

Dates May 25 -Sep 7   Time 5:30pm-10:00pm  

Sessions 16   Instructor: TBA  

Day    W NOTES    9/7 5:30-8pm only


Linux Unhatched REMOTE 

Ever considered a career in Linux? Or, stuck in a dead-end job and exploring options for a career change? Linux Unhatched allows students to wade into the shallow end of Linux, the back-end operating system used by global titans such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, NASA, Tesla, Amazon and more. Graduates walk away with a clear understanding of whether Linux is for them or not, without having to commit to more than 8 total hours

NCITS - CS001 /  cost: 169

Dates Jun 14 – Jul 5 Time 6:00-8:00pm

Sessions 4 Instructor TBA


Introduction to Cyber Security

Today’s interconnected world makes everyone more susceptible to cyber-attacks. Whether you’re attracted to the relativity new world of cybersecurity as a professional, or just interested in protecting yourself online and in social media, this introductory course is the answer. It explores cyber trends, threats—along with the broader topic of cybersecurity in a way that will matter to YOU. For instance, you’ll learn how to protect your personal privacy online while gaining additional insight into the challenges companies and governmental and educational institutions face today. Learn what cybersecurity is and its potential impact to you. Understand the most common threats, attacks and vulnerabilities. Gain insights for how businesses protect their operations from attacks. Find the latest job trends and why cybersecurity continues to grow.

NCITS - CS003 / cost: $249 

Dates May 31 – Jun 14 Time 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Sessions 5 Instructor TBA


Cybersecurity Essentials

Prerequisite: Introduction to Cyber Security

The Cybersecurity Essentials course develops foundational understanding of cybersecurity and how it relates to information and network security. The 30-hour course introduces students to characteristics of cybercrime, security principles, technologies, and procedures to defend networks. Through interactive, multimedia content, lab activities, and multi-industry case studies, students build technical and professional skills to pursue careers in cybersecurity. Learn procedures to implement data confidentiality, integrity, availability and security controls on networks, servers and applications. Understand security principles and how to develop security policies that comply with cybersecurity laws. Apply skills through practice, using labs and Cisco Packet Tracer activities. Get immediate feedback on your work through built-in quizzes and tests. Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

NCITS - CS004 / cost: $499

Dates Jul 5 – Aug 4 Time 6:00 - 9:00pm

Sessions   10 Instructor TBA



This course is designed for both non-technical and technical professionals who want to make sense of the ever-evolving field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). In this course, you will explore the different ways AI can be used and learn a ready-to-implement AI roadmap that can be used at your respective organization. In this course, you will become familiar with basic AI terminologies such as data, models, Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL), regression, classification, and clustering; steps involved in building an end-to-end Machine Learning (ML) model; identifying the impact and application of AI in different fields including Customer Service, Finance, Retail, Healthcare, and Manufacturing; the end to end process of building ML models; causes of AI failures and challenges of implementing AI; and streamlining the implementation of AI.

NCITS-CS005 cost: $1500

Dates TBA  Time 5:00pm-8:00pm  

Sessions 8   Instructor: Raj Saha

Day  W NOTES    


The workshop is specially designed for non-technical professionals to begin a career in Artificial Intelligence (AI). This workshop aims to provide a good understanding of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence by training machine learning models for various applications. You will get a basic understanding of the Python programming language, just enough to start building machine learning models. Additionally, you will learn about the impacts that AI can have on society.

NCITS-CS010  cost: $1125

Dates Aug 1 –Aug 31   Time 5:00pm-6:30pm  

Sessions 10   Instructor: Bülent Uyaniker

Day  M, W NOTES    

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