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NETLAB+ User Group Meeting, April 5, 2017

The NETLAB+ User Group had the opportunity to hear from industry professionals from VMware IT Academy, Palo Alto Networks and NDG. Meeting minutes and recorded video (available to members only) have been posted in this article.

Topics covered include:

  • VMware IT Academy Instructor Resources, Certifications, NETLAB+ Offerings
  • Palo Alto Networks NETLAB+ Content and Instructor Training
  • Building Microsoft Content in VMs
  • Handling Multiple Classes
  • Implementing Internet VMs

Be sure to log into your NETLAB+ User Group account to view the webinar.

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NETLAB+ User Group Meeting, January 18, 2017

The January NETLAB+ User Group meeting consisted of specific topics for Instructors, College Administrators, and NETLAB+ System Administrators. Meeting minutes and recorded video (available to members only) have been posted in this article.

Topics covered included:

  • How to Support NETLAB+ in Your Region
  • Frameworks for Building or Expanding the NETLAB+ Infrastructure
  • Deploying High Availability and DRS in NETLAB+
  • Shared Storage

Be sure to log into your NETLAB+ User Group account to view the webinar.

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NETLAB+ User Group Meeting, September 13, 2016

More than 60 community college faculty and administrators attended our first NETLAB+ User Group meeting last week. In case you missed it, we have the minutes and recorded video (available to members only) in this article.

Topics covered included:

  • NETLAB+ Virtual Edition Overview & Demo
  • How to Champion a NETLAB+ Regional Hub
  • BACCC NETLAB+ Update - Classroom Lab in the Cloud
  • ICT Instructor Professional Development Opportunities

Be sure to log into your NETLAB+ User Group account to view the webinar.

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NETLAB+ User Group Conference Call March 25, 2016

NIST Standards Services Curricula Development Grant

Steve Linthicum is working with Nancy Jones at Coastline Community College to submit a grant proposal for $75,000 that will provide funding for faculty to develop or update labs in the NETLAB+ environment.

As part of this process, Steve has contacted John Sands at Moraine Valley Community College (Illinois) to discuss his compensation structure. Preliminary estimates for faculty compensation are $1,000 for a course outline and general course content, and $150 for each lab. This would equate to $3,250 for a 15-lab course. Additional investigative work is being done and Steve will distribute the proposal to the group when completed.

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NETLAB+ User Group Conference Call September 18, 2015

Bay Area Shared NETLAB

Installation for the Bay Area shared NETLAB project was completed over the summer, and the system went operational on August 31, 2015. Since a few schools started fall classes before that date, arrangements were made for those schools to use a system in Illinois for the first couple of weeks.

Six Professional Edition (PE) systems were deployed for specific ICT curricula and one PE system for R&D. Two more will be deployed as interest and curricula grow. 

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NETLAB+ User Group Conference Call April 8, 2015

Bay Area Shared NETLAB

Nearly $1 million has been approved for the Bay Area shared NETLAB project, which will be hosted by Cabrillo College. Installation is set to take place in July and 25 of 28 Bay Area colleges plan to participate in this project. One requirement of its use is that each partner must offer at least one course that will use NETLAB.

During the year a top priority will be to create a sustainable model. Together the collaborative will be looking for ways to sustain NETLAB funding through additional grants, Perkins funding, and collecting access changes (through a lab manual fee) from students taking the classes and doing the labs.

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Minutes of the FEB 25, 2015 NetLabs+ User Group Call

Upcoming Events

West Coast Academy Conference (June 15-19)
Registration is now open. Visit www.wastc.org for details.

Update on CTE Enhancement Fund (40%) Bay Area Project
The Bay Area Region Letter of Intent is available to download and can be used as a reference for colleges writing a NETLAB proposal. It includes a project description, highlights, and a list of the 21 participating colleges with contact information.

Microsoft MCSA 410, 411, and 412 Labs
Colleagues at Bellevue College in Washington and Florida State College at Jacksonville have developed labs based on Microsoft Certification exams. Because these BETA labs are being developed under Creative Commons, they will be available for sharing in the fall. Colleges wishing to use these labs must have a Dreamspark Account. Meetings are scheduled with these instructors and more information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Minutes of the FEB 11, 2015 NetLabs+ User Group Call

Upcoming Events

WASTC Cisco West Coast Academy Conference
June 15-17 NETLAB Related Professional Development
June 18-19 Academy Conference
www.wastc.org

MPICT Faculty Development Week
June 22-26 Northern CA

Status of Current Projects

Diablo Valley College will be using a professional development stipend to send three instructors to attend the WASTC Cisco West Coast Academy Conference in June. The instructors will participate in NETLAB training and Cisco instructor training during the conference. Visit www.wastc.org for more information. Orange County and West Los Angeles College have funds for professional development and to purchase equipment. Hartnell College will use funds to purchase equipment to upgrade their NETLAB. Plans are also in place for Hartnell to join the bay area regional project and to relocate their NETLAB to the shared facility. Las Positas/Chabot CCD is developing Wireshark labs and a presentation will be made at WASTC in June. The presentation will include examples of the most sought after workplace skills.

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