California Community Colleges Netlab+ User Group

Are you being asked to do more in the IT classroom with less resources? IT lab virtualization is the key to providing industry-standard training while reducing overall training costs.

The California Community Colleges NETLAB+ User Group supports the community colleges in California, in their efforts to improve Information Technology student learning outcomes, by providing leadership, community, and resources for instructors and administrators wishing to implement the NETLAB+ virtual computer lab environment in their classrooms.

  • Learn how NETLAB+ can improve IT learning outcomes in your classrooms
  • Learn how to implement NETLAB+ in your classrooms
  • Connect with other educators using NETLAB+ and share best-practices

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What Is Netlab+

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NETLAB+, a remote access training solution developed by Network Development Group (NDG), provides an environment through which students may schedule and complete lab exercises for Information Technology courses from the classroom, from home, or anywhere with internet access. NETLAB+ operates as a private cloud, providing a “safe sandbox” for users to schedule, configure, and interact with lab equipment.

The NETLAB+ system is installed and administered at your location. Your organization controls the class offerings, instructor accounts, student accounts, and configuration of both virtual machines and real gear for instructional access.

NETLAB+ is a versatile solution for facilitating IT training in a variety of disciplines, including networking, virtualization, storage, and cybersecurity, developed in collaboration with leading industry partners, including:

  • Cisco Networking Academy
  • Linux Professional Institute
  • Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy
  • Red Hat Academy
  • VMware IT Academy

You may also subscribe to one of the 5 CCC NETLAB hubs to host your technology training courses and labs. Enjoy the benefits of the NETLAB+ system without having to maintain your own installation.

Here are a few examples of content available through NETLAB+. For a complete list, please refer to the NETLAB+ supported content list.

  • Cisco CCNA
  • CySA+
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Forensics
  • Security+
  • VMware vSphere
  • Windows 10
  • Your own custom content, using NETLAB+’s pod and design tools


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NETLAB+ Technical Support

NETLAB+ Documentation Library

Why Virtual Labs

Join Those Who Want Flexible Capacity For Their CTE Offerings

Colleges must answer the need of their communities to train entry level, up-skill existing employees and provide cross training for those looking to change careers. Maintaining capacity for IT training can be costly. Adopting a virtual lab and classroom experience using NETLAB+ helps colleges control FTE costs and gives them the flexibility to expand and contract with enrollment demand.

Student convenience is another important benefit of adopting a virtual lab experience. Students can access the lab 24/7 so they can experiment and practice their assignments on their schedule.

“The lab environment is available to students at any time, providing students with the ability to enjoy additional hands-on experience outside of the classroom environment, in any location with any reliable internet connection.“

– Professor Steve Linthicum, Sierra College –

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School Administrators

Netlab+ Administrators

Why Join the User Group

Stay Informed

Members of the NETLAB+ User Group get:

  • Information about NETLAB+ supported curriculum and labs
  • Networking with peers and experts in the CCC system
  • Feature updates
  • NETLAB+ best practices
  • Virtual lab training opportunities
  • Access to grant proposal templates
  • User Group meeting invitations

“Joining the CCC Netlab+ User Group has given us the tools to make rational decisions when implementing virtual labs in our region.“

– Paula Hodge, DSN South Central Coast Region –