Cisco Networking Academy is a workforce development program for learning institutions and individuals worldwide. It’s one of the pillars of Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility and delivers classroom instruction, online teaching materials, interactive tools, and hands-on learning to students from every socioeconomic background, so that they can develop the knowledge and skills required to succeed in a technology-driven market.

Towson University is the only Cisco Networking Academy support and training center in the state of Maryland. And, we’re offering these free, online, self-paced courses to members of the public.

Use the course links below to read the course description and self-enroll. The amount of course content varies per course and will be available for 1 year.

Exploratory Courses

These courses are for beginners and provide an introduction into many new technologies.

Introduction to Cybersecurity This course explores cyber trends, threats, and ways to stay safe in cybespace, and how to protect personal and company data.

Introduction to IOT Learn about the Internet of Things and how it enables Digital Transformation along with emerging technologies such as data analytics, artificial intelligence and the increased attention to cybersecurity.

Introduction to Packet Tracer This course is designed for new users of Packet Tracer for self study and familiarization with the tool used in many Networking Academy courses.

Partner: NDG Linux Unhatched This course, aligned to the Linux exam objectives found on the CompTIA A+ 220 902 exam, teaches basic installation and configuration of Linux software and introduces the Linux command line.

Intermediate self-paced courses

Cybersecurity Essentials This course covers foundational knowledge and essential skills for all cybersecurity domains including information security, systems security, network security, ethics and laws, and defense and mitigation techniques used in protecting businesses.

Programming course

PCAP: Programming Essentials in Python With this course you learn to design, write, debug, and run programs encoded in the Python language. No prior programming knowledge is required. The course begins with the very basics guiding you step by step until you become adept at solving more complex problems.

Business course

Entrepreneurship This course supplements IT skills by teaching business and financial skills, behaviors, and attitudes, to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

Middle school adventure series

Global Problem Solvers: The Series This is an online animated series for middle school students. The series is available in English, Spanish, Hindi, and French. It engages students with a team of teens who use technology to solve real-world problems. It inspires students to become global citizens, ready to thrive in a connected and digital future. Please note that this course requires teacher or parent facilitation.

If you have questions about the Towson University Cisco Networking Academy or any of these courses, email Iris Kutch, Cisco Academy training and support manager.