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The Academy currently has seven courses available in an accessible format. Students are welcome to enroll in any course they like in any order they like unless a course has a prerequisite. Our courses are:

IT Essentials

Learn how to configure, repair, and install PC hardware and software This course provides a comprehensive overview of computer fundamentals and an introduction to advanced concepts. It is intended for people who wish to pursue careers in IT and gain practical knowledge of how a computer works. This course prepares students to take the A+ certification exam if they wish, and students who complete the course may find work as a technical support representative. At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe and identify the internal components of a computer
  • Assemble a computer system
  • Install an operating system
  • Troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software
  • Connect computers to the Internet
  • Share resources in a networked environment
  • Install and troubleshoot peripherals such as printers and scanners

Building Websites With HTML 5

Learn to build your own website from scratch

This course is designed for both those who are new to HTML as well as those people who want to upgrade their HTML skills to use HTML 5. HTML is the basic building block of websites. Students will learn to build a website from the ground up using practical techniques that work for vision impaired people. Topics covered include:

  • Choosing a web address and web hosting provider
  • Using an FTP program and HTML editor
  • Adding text, links, and lists to your website
  • Choosing a color scheme for your site
  • Adding audio and video content to your pages
  • Adding images to your site
  • Adding a shopping cart and contact form to your site
  • Using security measures to protect your visitors and your site

CCNA Discovery

An introduction to networking

This curriculum teaches networking covering the types of practical networks students may encounter, featuring concepts found in simple home or small office networks with a brief introduction to more complex enterprise models. Students learn the technical skills and soft skills needed to succeed in entry-level networking professions such as a help desk technician, pre-sales support technician, or network technician. CCNA Discovery also provides an introduction to advanced technologies such as voice, video, wireless networking, and security.

Intro to Linux administration for the vision impaired

Learn to use Ubuntu Linux like a pro  This course introduces command line-based Linux from an accessible point of view. This course teaches basic Linux usage, file management, shell scripting, and adding hardware. The course emphasizes systems administration tasks such as running a web server, running a mail server, and installing a wiki. After completing this course, students will have the skills necessary to run a TeamTalk server, though this is not part of the coursework.

 The introduction to Linux systems administration from a vision impaired person's perspective course aims to take a student from wondering, “What is Linux?, to installing and using a Linux-based server system via ssh. Some of the areas covered include:

  • An overview of linux
  • Planning for Linux installation
  • Understanding how virtual machines can work with Linux
  • Using terminal emulation software.
  • Disk partitioning and volume management with LVM and raid.
  • Installing Linux with a virtual or machine accessibly.
  • Initial server configuration tasks.
  • Accessing documentation easily.
  • Installation and configuration of a webserver.
  • Installation of dns and an email server.
  • Installation of a simple Wiki.
  • Student suggested tasks.

Advanced Linux System Administration:

Kick your Linux server into high gear

This course covers advanced tasks related to systems and server administration. You either need to have completed our Intro to Linux course or take a placement quiz to be sure you have the foundational skills necessary for this class. Students who take this course need to be comfortable with using the Linux shell, working with files, using an editor, and basic package installation.

 The course will cover the following topics and more:

  • Manage, configure, and troubleshoot storage systems.
  • Configuration and maintenance of email software and agents
  • Automating system tasks with shell scripts, perl scripts, and other languages
  • Examining and understanding system logs
  • Configuring and troubleshooting firewalls and protecting systems
  • Installing, configuring, and managing apache
  • Installing Linux on a real versus virtual machine

Students may propose additional topics as time permits.

CCNA Exploration

This is a more advanced networking course than our Discovery course, consisting of both theoretical and hands-on aspects of networking. You do not need to take Discovery before taking this course. This course helps students who want to work in the IT industry learn skills necessary to take the CCNE exam and work as a help desk support technician, network installer, network technician, or as a support technician for an internet service provider.

Students will learn about how data flows through networks, how to design physical and logical networks, aspects of network security, and how to configure enterprise network routers and switches. Students will also learn concepts that allow subnetting, traffic shaping, and setting access permissions for various portions of networks.

You can get more information at both the Cisco Vision web site: and the CUCAT web site:

For course time and dates, please see the 2012 Semester 2 class schedule.

For more information please email caviinfo @ [without the spaces.]

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