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The Academy currently has nine 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.

Students must take discovery 1 and 2 to qualify to take the CCENT exam.

[Course availability dependant on enrollment numbers. Must have 7-10 students.]

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.

[Course availability dependant on enrollment numbers. Must have 7-10 students.]

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. [Course availability dependant on enrollment numbers. Must have 7-10 students.]

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 CCENT 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. [Course availability dependant on enrollment numbers. Must have 7-10 students.]

Audio Editing Fundamentals

This course teaches the basics of audio editing. By the end of the course, a student who begins the course knowing nothing will be able to complete a simple project using both single and multi track audio editing software. Basic concepts relating to audio processing are taught as well as tips and techniques to make your audio production sound good. The course runs for 12 weeks.

!!Computers 101 For Mac or PC

This course is aimed at novice computer users. It will begin with basic computer use and develop a student's ability to use a computer productively and confidently. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Know how to use their screen reader, both the basics of getting it to sound the way they want and the more advanced features that make a computer infinitely more useable.
  • Learn the finer points of how to use an operating system. [File management, dialogs and controls, settings, customization, and navigation.
  • Learn how to manipulate text and work with various document types. [Copy/paste, using a word processor, fonts, printing, and the beginnings of using spreadsheets.]
  • Learn how to use the Internet effectively. [Surfing, searching, and being secure.]
  • Know how to use the computer to be social. [Email, Skype, and IM.]
  • Other topics of interest, based on student need.

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

Course times and dates will be added soon. [All courses will begin in the first week of February, 2013.]

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

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