Students Learn Networking Through Novell Courses

Through the Novell Education Academic Partner (NEAP) Secondary program, high school students learn to manage, administer and maintain computer networks. The firm has awarded Teach for Tomorrow grants to 100 schools, providing free certified training to instructors, who in turn can lead students to Certified Novell Administrator (CNA) and Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) certifications.

"By training the school faculty first, Novell helps the school build the infrastructure to stay in partnership with us for years to come," said Kent Christensen, academic programs manager for Novell Education.

As an example, seven students in Kern County, Calif., completed a CNA course this summer that taught them how to handle day-to-day computer networking tasks, such as backing up data and assigning passwords. The county hired two of the students who passed the CNA test to work with the support staff.

Eight-year-old Ryan White set up a network at home with his family's three computers. "He loved the class," said his mother, Sandy White. Ryan now manages the network at Robert P. Ulrich Elementary, where he just entered the fifth grade.

Nearly 200 high schools are currently enrolled in the NEAP program, accounting for roughly 25,000 students who will take the NetWare 4 Administration course this academic year. Novell Education, Provo, UT, (800) 233-EDUC, www.novell.com.

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This article originally appeared in the 12/01/1997 issue of THE Journal.

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