The School


The School for System and Network Administration has been created to take a fundamentally different approach to education, one designed to transform students with no experience into experts, in months rather than years. The result is that graduates from this program will be qualified for employment positions requiring five to ten years of experience after five months of this intense education

The program has been developed through a decade of work with the Nation’s premiere research organization, the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA), in addition to four years of testing with the United States Navy, and a year demonstrating its efficacy working with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Innovation. Even though graduates of these programs began with no prior computer or Information Technology (IT) experience, they have dominated in every competition against experts with at least ten years of experience.

This learning environment is truly unique. Students spend most of their time working one-to-one with expert tutors, on their own enterprise-class networks, learning hands on – first developing deep understanding and then tackling the hard problems that even experts find challenging. Content is taught at the conceptual level, focusing on understanding how and why networks and servers work – not just developing familiarity, but really learning to think about this domain. The underlying objective is to teach students how to learn, how to reason, and how to solve problems in a deep, efficient and deliberate fashion, with confidence.

To give each student the benefit of the very best personalized education, much of the day is spent working with a Digital Tutor – a state-of-the art Artificial Intelligence system. The Digital Tutor replicates the teaching of world-class IT experts, providing each student with the personalized, interactive, one-to-one support that can only be achieved by learning from an exceptional tutor. Students also spend over 200 hours working in small teams under the direction of Senior IT Engineers, undergoing intense, on-the-job training, solving trouble tickets pulled from top-tier help desks, tackling complex system design, and then carrying through to implementation.

This initiative compresses years of traditional education – plus years of experience, discovery, illumination and epiphanies – into an intense five month program. Graduates are uniquely prepared to immediately take on the complex IT challenges of today and of tomorrow.


  • PC and Server Architecture, Supported by Companion Hardware Laboratories
  • Problem Solving, Troubleshooting, Tactical and Strategic Problem Analysis
  • Operating Systems, Windows and Linux: In depth
    • Basic Commands and Navigation, Command Line, File Systems, Access Control, Process Management, Boot/Shutdown, Storage Management, Software Management, TCP/IP Networking, Ad-ministration
  • Operating System Services
  • E-mail Systems: Microsoft Exchange Administration in depth, including Disaster Recovery
  • Networks: Introduction to Network Addressing, OSI Model, Ethernet and Layer-two Switching, IP Core Elements: Addressing schemes, networking tools, IP Routing: Theory and Core Protocols, Routing Tables and Static Routes
  • IP Subnetting: In fluent depth
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP): Principles, implementation, management and troubleshooting
  • Domain Name System (DNS): Client, server, load balancing, management, troubleshooting and security
  • Server Operating Systems
  • File Servers
  • Web Servers: Creating and managing websites
  • Internet Information Security Server: Data Encryption and Certificate Services
  • Hardware Lab: PC hardware installation, PC troubleshooting
  • Active Directory Comprehensive investigation of Core Components and Advanced Concepts
  • Group Policy: Introduction, organization, management security, troubleshooting
  • Midterm:
    • Windows Design Project: Three days to design, configure and document a purposeful Windows Network;
    • Trouble Ticket Challenge: Identification, verification, resolution, testing and solving of real-world, challenging and severe tickets
  • Advanced Networking: Advanced OSI model, IP Addressing and Routing Theory. Cisco Routers: Introduction, configuration, IOS, troubleshooting, Advanced Cisco Training and IPv6
  • Introduction to Wide Area Networks (WANs)
  • Advanced Routing Protocols: Advanced Addressing and Address Translation topicsm Advanced Link State Routing with OSPF
  • Switching Equipment: Topologies and configuration, Virtual LAN (VLAN): Protocols, design, configuration and implementation
  • Spanning Tree Protocols and Advanced Dynamic Routing: Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) Networks
  • Wireless Networking
  • Firewalls
  • Virtualization
  • Backup Administration, Patch Management and Remote Administration
  • Web Server Administration
  • Grand Challenge and Final Exams:
    • Comprehensive review of material through solving real-world trouble tickets
    • Design and build enterprise-level computer network from ground up
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