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: https://www.netdevgroup.com/support/netlabve_lab_devices.html

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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Cybersecurity Takes Center Stage

From CalPoly Business

Every employee who does not pay attention to cybersecurity potentially puts their company at risk.

Today, students and graduates of all disciplines need to have at least a basic level of cyber awareness. I teach my students that security is not relegated to the technical job titles in an organization but relates to every individual in the organization. I am a firm believer that businesses need to create a culture of security that empowers individuals to safeguard devices and information. My experience and research have suggested those proactive companies will be more resilient in the face of increased hacking, email phishing and ransomware attacks.

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Old and New Combine for Ventura College Student Projects

Raspberry Pi Fuels Innovation Across Disciplines

Efrain Hernandez is the go-to person in his family whenever anyone needs help with technology, but he never thought he would pursue it as a career. Now the recent Ventura College graduate is heading on to complete his bachelor’s degree and hopefully secure a position in the Computer Science field.

Hernandez combined his interest in Computer Science with his love of vintage video games into a unique project for professor Elliot Gertner’s Computer Architecture Class. He created a bar-top arcade game that contains hundreds of video games from Pac Man to Street Fighter.

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Cisco CCNA R&S Essentials 6.0 and CCNA Security SBAs

By NDG

NETLAB+ supported labs are now available for CCNA 6.0 Routing and Switching – Routing and Switching Essentials (Series 2):

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is a certification program for entry-level network engineers, which validates the ability to install, configure, operate and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.
NETLAB+ supported labs are now available for CCNA 6.0 Routing and Switching –  Introduction to Networks (Series 1).  For details, please see:

https://www.netdevgroup.com/content/cnap/labs/ccna_security_v20.html

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Instructors Offer 3 Tips for NETLAB+ Success

James Cregg and Skip Berry have used NETLAB+ in their classes at Riverside City College for more than a decade. In that time, they’ve learned to optimize the platform and what it can offer their students.

If you are planning for summer session or fall semester, consider the following tips to help you get the most out of NETLAB+ and give your students the skills they need to thrive in the working world.

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Empowering Education Together: NDG and Red Hat Academy Join Forces

By NDG

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.

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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

By NDG

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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