The NEAT Rack program

The NEAT (Network Engineering Apprenticeship Training) program is designed to teach fundamentals of network engineering and virtualization to high school and college students. Students will gain considerable exposure to Linux operating systems, KVM Hypervisors, IP networking, Cisco routing and switching.

The first unit breaks down the essential curriculum into 5 units:

  1. Intro to Linux & IP concepts,
  2. KVM hypervisor & Cisco hardware,
  3. Routing,
  4. Firewalling, and
  5. VOIP Systems (a bonus section)

Sections 2-5 are hands on; each unit consists of a lab part designed to reinforce concepts learned in the readings. Students will build and configure virtual machines that act as routers using BIRD opensource routing software, PFSENSE firewall security appliances and host software like web servers. Students will learn to use the cli (command line) via ssh and gain experience in monitoring and troubleshooting systems.

With the knowledge gained in this program, students will have a significant leg up in the workforce as well as advanced computer engineering college courses and research.

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