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1st Cohort of Cisco Networking Academy Courses Launched

Civil Air Patrol has partnered with Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad) to make cybersecurity support, training and curriculum resources available for free to all CAP members and is proud to announce the launch of the first cohort of four courses.

The course launch follows a successful Learn-a-Thon from last fall in which over 1,600 members participated.

The partnership with Cisco was announced at CAP’s 2020 National Conference to benefit all members, many of whom are already involved in cyber defense education, competition and cybersecurity.

The Cisco NetAcad courses will be released in quarterly cohorts to help encourage completion and help with recruiting new CAP members. The courses are self-paced, but units can work on them together. Badges are available for most courses and can be shared on social media to help build a professional resume.

“I am excited at the opportunities in cybersecurity education that our partnership with Cisco will bring to all members of CAP. Cybersecurity is immensely vital to our nation’s defense, and CAP members with this skill set will help to protect the homeland,” said Lt. Col. Paul Creed III, national cyber mission deputy for education and awareness.

Quarter 1 runs from Jan. 17-March 31 and consists of four courses:

  • Get Connected: Gain essential skills like basic computer skills, such as how to use a computer, connect devices and access searches, email and social media.
  • Introduction to Packet Tracer: Practice building simple and complex networks across a variety of devices and extend beyond routers and switches.
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity: Learn how to protect your personal data and privacy online and in social media, and why more and more IT jobs require cybersecurity awareness and understanding.
  • Cybersecurity Essentials: Develop a foundational understanding of cybercrime, security principles, technologies and procedures used to defend networks.

Quarter 2 will feature the first four courses, with plans for two additional courses focusing on Linux.

“I am excited for CAP members to participate in Cisco NetAcad courses, as it will give individuals a chance to develop highly marketable skills that keep the digital economy thriving,” said Sara Shreve, Cisco corporate social responsibility manager.

“This first cohort of courses being presented to our members is just the small tip of the iceberg,” said Capt. Roy Vestal, National Cisco Networking Academy leader. “As we qualify instructors and begin offering more courses, we believe the partnership with Cisco Networking Academy will bring CAP to the forefront of cyber education for all members, cadets and senior members.

Those interested in enrolling in the training should visit cyber.cap.gov.