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Free CCNA Study Group to Train For Hi-tech Jobs

With jobs starting out at $60,000 per year and more than 480 current openings in Texas alone, a free study group for those seeking to earn the entry level certificate for those jobs has attracted a lot of attention for a free study group being hosted by CodeRGV.

Scheduled to start September 7, the CCNA study group is filling up quickly with limited spots available. The CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) is an information technology (IT) certification from Cisco Systems. Cisco is the largest networking company in the world.

The CCNA, a certification issued by Cisco Systems, can help a person enter a job with a salary starting around $60,000 per year. There are more than 7,000 CCNA-level open job listings in the United States. It is one of the most popular credentials in the industry. Bootcamps and study courses for this certification can often cost tens of thousands of dollars.

CodeRGV, a local nonprofit that creates tech entrepreneurs and skilled professionals for local jobs by educating, promoting, and certifying professionals, hosts the study group. They strive to promote community participation and collaboration to invigorate creativity, innovation, and the local economy.

The study group will give students the opportunity to learn, network, and prepare to pass the CCNA. This study group will take place weekly, on Thursdays from 6-8 pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator’s TechPlace for 10 weeks, beginning September 7.

Students will have to purchase the study guide and a subscription to the videos. Once accepted into the group, students will get an outline to study with. The guide will list specific chapters to watch and videos to watch. The group will meet once a week to discuss the objective of the week, answer questions, get insight, have lab time, and get to know each other. Students will have to study on their own time.

Food and snacks for the Thursday study sessions will be provided by local restaurants and Cisco Gold Partner NetSync Network Solutions. A full lab setup will be available thanks to the City of McAllen I.T. Department allowing you to get hands-on with the equipment. Knowledgeable, certified, and friendly mentors will be there to help guide students. The study guide is available for $49 study guide and an online video course is also available for $49.

Due to tremendous interest in the course, there will be a limit on the number of participants. Anyone interested in the course should visit: www.codergv.org.

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