Net Academy

What is Cisco Net Academy?

Cisco Networking Academy has been around since 1997. Donating to a local school led to the insight that the technology is not enough, people need trained. It grew massively from a single school to a community of students, educators, employers, NGOs, Cisco employees, and customers. The program offers a number of online courses shaped around technology skills in today’s working environment. With 10.9 million students across 180 countries, the credentials speak for themselves!

“I’ve always been a person who likes to adjust. 
Whatever the world throws at you, it's up to you how you handle it.
You can handle it that way or you can just whine that you don't have shoes and not go to school.
There’s always a solution, as long as you open your mind to it.”

Soso Luningo, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Why are SWiT ?

At SWiT we are passionate about all things inclusion and technology, Cisco Networking Academy is just that! Partnering with them has given us the opportunity to share free technology courses with our network, meaning everyone can access the tools. Whether you are looking to change career, up-skill or want to learn a completely new skill, the course options will give you the chance to explore.

The recent COVID- 19 pandemic has changed the working world. Many people find themselves facing redundancy or work in industries facing uncertain times. We want to help people access resources that can help them learn new skills.

Championing diversity and gender equality in technology is at the heart of all that we do. Our Partnership with Cisco Networking Academy enhances this commitment.

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Overview of Courses Available

Initial Launch - Entrepreneurship 

The launching pad course for your great idea

It takes more than a single great idea to become a successful entrepreneur. The winding road between idea and execution requires business acumen, financial skills, and most importantly the right mind-set. This knowledge can not only set you apart, but set up your technology venture for greater success. So, why not benefit from a course that’s made for you, jump-starting your ideas, and arming you with the right skills to take the next step with more self-confidence. No prerequisites required.

Length: 15 Hours

Cost: Free

Level: Intermediate

Learning Type: Instructor-led, Online self-paced

Languages: English

Get Connected

Cover your digital basics

The digital world is upon us both personally and professionally. Having a better understanding of the Internet, computers and social media can be a big help toward acquiring digital skills. And, once you have these skills there are many more possibilities opened to you as far as career advancement. Learn how to use a computer, connect devices and access search, email, and social media. Enjoy course content that is very user-friendly and interactive with lots of illustrations! No previous knowledge is needed for this introductory course.

Length: 30 Hours

Cost: Free

Level: Beginner

Learning Type: Instructor-led, Online self-paced

Languages:  English

Introduction to Cyber Security

With billions of devices now online, new threats pop-up every second

Today’s interconnected world makes everyone more susceptible to cyber-attacks. Whether you’re attracted to the relativity new world of cybersecurity as a professional, or just interested in protecting yourself online and in social media, this introductory course is the answer. It explores cyber trends, threats—along with the broader topic of cybersecurity in a way that will matter to YOU. For instance, you’ll learn how to protect your personal privacy online while gaining additional insight on the challenges companies, and governmental and educational institutions face today. You’ll also earn a Networking Academy badge for completing this course. No prerequisites required.

Length: 15 Hours

Cost: Free

Level: Beginner

Learning Type: Instructor-led, Online self-paced

Languages:  English

PCAP: Programming Essentials in Python

Learn Python, the language for IoT

How great would it be to write your own computer program? Or, design a web or desktop application that millions of people could enjoy? Both are a possibility if you learn how to code in Python. Python is the very versatile, object-oriented programming language used by startups and tech giants, Google, Facebook, Dropbox and IBM. Python is also recommended for aspiring young developers who are interested in pursuing careers in Security, Networking and Internet-of-Things. Once you complete this course, you are ready to take the PCAP – Certified Associate in Python programming. No prior knowledge of programming is required.

Length: 70 Hours

Cost: Determined by Institution

Level: Intermediate

Learning Type: Instructor-led, Online self-paced

Languages:  English

NDG Linux Unhatched

The “start from scratch” Linux course

Ever considered a career in Linux? Or, stuck in a dead-end job and exploring options for a career change? NDG Linux Unhatched allows students to wade into the shallow end of Linux, the back-end operating system used by global titans such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, NASA, Tesla, Amazon and more.

Graduates walk away with a clear understanding of whether Linux is for them or not, without having to commit to more than 8 total hours of self-paced learning. To ensure you don’t get stuck, you’ll be guided step-by-step through a series of hands-on virtual machine activities. The course aligns well with the Linux exam objectives found on the CompTIA A+ Certification. After this course, we suggest taking either NDG Linux Essentials or NDG Linux I.

Length: 8 Hours

Cost: Free

Level: Beginner

Learning Type: Online self-paced

Languages: English

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