North/Far North Regional Consortium Implements NETLAB+ File Transfer (NFT)

Following requests from instructors at several North/Far North Region colleges who are using the Region’s shared NETLAB+ System, and after extensive testing and collaboration between Folsom Lake College, the Los Rios CCD IT Department, and Palo Alto Networks, the North/Far North Regional Consortium (NFNRC) NETLAB+ has implemented a file transfer system that benefits both students and instructors.

NETLAB+ File Transfer (NFT) allows students to a) transfer files between their NETLAB+ virtual machine and their Google Docs cloud storage and b) upload their work to the Canvas LMS to allow for more efficient grading and record-keeping by their instructors.

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Introduction to Virtualization Micro-Course Now Available

Do you need content to teach your students the basics of virtualization? If you do, then great news! Network Development Group (NDG) is now making available the pilot release of a new Introduction to Virtualization micro-course. This new course is a chapter of online content designed to teach learners the basics of virtualization and VMware technology. The content is four to eight hours of learning material designed to complement A+, Operating System, Networking or Cybersecurity course content (four hours for advanced or high-aptitude learners with prior knowledge, eight hours for new learners). Learners will be introduced to the basics of virtualization, including:

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NETLAB+ VE Supports Cisco Gear

Network Development Group (NDG) is excited to announce that NETLAB+ Virtual Edition now supports real-gear for Cisco Networking Academy courses! NETLAB+ VE is a versatile solution for facilitating IT training in a variety of disciplines including networking, virtualization, storage and cyber security.

For details on Cisco devices supported by NETLAB+ VE, please refer to:

NETLAB+ VE is designed to run as a virtual appliance within the VMware vSphere environment. This new, virtual edition of NETLAB+ 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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How NETLAB+ Is Empowering the BACCC to Close the IT Skills Gap

As the IT skills gap widens, major employers have begun looking beyond four-year universities for trained IT professionals. IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Cisco—some of the world’s biggest technology brands have recently made headlines for recruitment programs aimed at attracting talent from community colleges.

And it’s no surprise, because there’s no better place to find candidates with hands-on skills and training in the latest technologies. Yet, community colleges face numerous challenges in delivering this training, from funding equipment to maintaining and upgrading it with limited resources.

We recently interviewed Richard Grotegut, ICT Deputy Sector Navigator at the Bay Area Community College Consortium (BACCC), to find out how the community colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area are using NETLAB+ to overcome these challenges and prepare students for careers in the IT industry.

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California Cadets Learn NETLAB+ at Summer Camp

A group of students from the California Cadet Corps had a new alternative at summer camp this year — something far different than mountaineering, marksmanship and other activities offered.

NETLAB+ was the backbone of the cyber track at the California Cadet Corps Summer Encampment, which was held June 23-30 at Camp San Luis Obispo. This was the first time community colleges were involved with the cyber track, and making it happen involved a partnership between the South Central Coast Region and the Bay Area Region.

About 15 high school students participated in the cyber track, which was modeled after the CyberPatriot program created by the U.S. Air Force. Chris Akelian, an Engineering and Technology Instructor at Cuesta College, lead the training.

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