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Empowering Education Together: NDG and Red Hat Academy Join Forces


Red Hat, the world’s leader in open source and provider of the leading enterprise Linux platform, has recently redesigned their academic program. The revised Red Hat Academy, which provides industry-leading Linux administration, JBoss development and cloud technology curriculum, is now available for free to qualifying higher education institutions.

These exciting changes make it possible for you, as NETLAB+ customers, to take advantage of NDG’s strategic collaboration with Red Hat and use your NETLAB+ system to administer Red Hat labs in your classroom at no additional cost. Visit the NDG website for more information on NETLAB+ lab support for Red Hat Academy courses.

Why join Red Hat Academy?

  • Membership to qualifying universities is now free, with easy online program enrollment.
  • Academy instructors receive free access to Red Hat online training courses.
  • Gain access to industry-leading Linux, cloud and middleware curriculum
  • Student materials are available in multiple formats: eBook, printed, or online.
  • Collaborate with the world’s leader in open source.
  • Prepare your students with in-demand skills that companies are actively seeking.

Together, Red Hat and NDG are committed to helping close the technology skills gap by providing students with opportunities to build enterprise-ready skills. We believe the revised Red Hat Academy program has the potential of making a big impact on your institution and students.


BACCC NETLAB+ New Website is LIVE!

The Bay Region has launched a new NETLAB+ website with content for Students, Instructors, Partner Colleges and Employers.

Several student successes are featured complete with photos and quotes, plus Lab Links to the many courses offered through the region’s NETLAB+ installation.

Upcoming training opportunities, usage comparison information and a resource library are posted on the Instructor page. Instructors new to NETLAB+ can watch an orientation video on the site, too.

Instructors are invited to submit their course information to be highlighted on the “Featured Courses” section of the Student’s page.

For more information or to have your course featured on the site, contact Richard Grotegut, IT and Computer Science Deputy Sector Navigator for the Bay Region.

CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) Now Available

The new CompTIA CSA+ examination is an intermediate-level credential for cybersecurity professionals and was created to address current cybersecurity trends. The exam will certify that the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to:

  • Perform data analysis and interpret the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats, and risks to an organization;
  • Configure and use threat detection tools; and
  • Secure and protect applications and systems within an organization.

The behavioral analytics skills covered by the CSA+ certification identify and combat malware and advanced persistent threats (APTs), resulting in better threat visibility across organizational assets by focusing on network behavior, including interior networks.

Visit the CompTIA website to learn more.

NETLAB+ Virtual Edition – Beta Release Now Available


Network Development Group (NDG), is pleased to announce the beta release of a new version of NETLAB+, designed to run as a virtual appliance within the VMware vSphere environment. This new, virtual edition of NETLAB+, NETLAB+ VE, marks a major change from the physical hardware version of NETLAB+ that has served hundreds of thousands of learners for the past 15 years. With an updated user interface and dockable windows, NETLAB+ VE has a fresh, new look and feel. Great new features, including a new PC viewer using HTML5 (replacing Java), help make the updated environment easier to use and more engaging.

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New Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Course Available

By CyberWatch West

CyberWatch West launched a new course designed specifically for community colleges, “Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” with a free webinar in January, 2017.

The course was created in collaboration with George Mason University’s Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, leveraging its graduate-level coursework to produce a beginning course suitable for undergraduate students with a basic understanding of network and computer security. CyberWatch West sponsored and published the course, making it available to instructors for their use under a Creative Commons license.

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NDG Linux Unhatched: Learn Linux Fundamentals for Free

NDG has launched a new course that provides an introduction to the world of Linux for free.

NDG Linux Unhatched offers students a hands-on learning platform where they can experiment and get comfortable learning basic Linux skills. They can even enter commands in a live Linux environment without having to download anything; all they need is a web browser.

The course is aligned to CompTIA A+ 220-902 exams Linux objectives.

Visit the NDG website for more information.

CyberPatriot Instructional Video Series Available

If you or your high school partners have wondered what the CyberPatriot program is all about, take a look at ITProTV’s newly released instructional video series co-hosted by Steve Linthicum, Deputy Sector Navigator of the Information and Communications Technologies/Digital Media Sector in the Greater Sacramento Region.

Linthicum made the trip to the ITProTV studios last fall to shoot the videos which cover a number of modules including Introduction to Online Safety, Cyber Ethics, Virtualization, Microsoft Windows Security Tools, Intro to Linux and Ubuntu, and more. Each video segment presents the CyberPatriot program material in a way that is easy for students, teachers, and coaches to absorb.

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CSSIA Windows 10 Administration Labs – General Beta Release

NDG has announced the general beta release of the CSSIA Windows 10 Administration Labs.

The CSSIA Windows 10 Administration Lab Series is designed to assist learners in gaining fundamental skills, based on the administration and management of a Windows 10 client.

The beta release of these labs is currently available to all NETLAB+ customers. For additional details, please visit the NDG website.

WASTC.org 2017 Instructor Training Schedule

Instructor training for the upcoming 2017 sessions are available and posted here.  We will be adding additional instructor-led courses on the following Special Topics:  NETLAB+ (remote lab system), Cyperpatriots, Linux Essentials, and Pedagogical Best Practices as needed.  

  1. For new instructors (those who have not yet passed instructor training classes to teach the CCNA curriculum) the cost will be the same as in the past.
  2. For instructors who have previously passed instructor classes to teach CCNA, but would like to attend the instructor class and experience the new content with an Instructor Trainer, we will greatly reduce the cost.
  3. Schedule and cost for the Special Topics will be posted soon. 


New Cisco CCNA Labs Available for NETLAB+

NDG has announced the following addition to its supported curriculum content options for NETLAB+.

CCNA Routing and Switching 6.0 Bridging Labs

  • CCNA Routing and Switching 6.0 Bridging Labs may be used to supplement the CCNA Routing and Switching 5.1 curriculum.
  • For details on the labs, including compatible topologies and class settings, please click here.