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Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired Announces 2011 Courses, Taking Registrations

The Cisco Academy for the Vision impaired is now accepting applications for it's winnter/spring 2011 classes. Three classes, including introductions to computer network and hardware repair, will be offered this semester. The classes also aid in completing various certification exams which are sought after by employers. The classes are taught by compitent, blind instructors and the necessary course materials are all available in accessible formats. Cost for the classes is $150 for individuals using their own funds. The complete press release for 2011 is below. Deadline is Janury 28.

Are you curious about the hardware inside of your computer? Do you want to sharpen your troubleshooting and computer maintenance skills? Perhaps you would like to build a computer or home network of your own. 
The Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired enables blind students to enter the world of Information technology. We provide Diagram descriptions, audio lab recordings, live online lectures by blind and vision impaired instructors, and a community of students and instructors to network with even after you have graduated our course.
The academy is currently taking applications for the first semester of 2011. We Will be offering IT Essentials 1, Discovery 1 and Exploration 1 starting the first  week of February.
ITE1 is an introduction to PC repair including: Hardware, installing and maintaining an operating system, Troubleshooting, portable devices, and customer service. 
Discovery 1 is focused on home and small business networking. It is the first of four courses that prepare students to take  the CCNA certification. 
Exploration is a more in depth look at networking, both theoretical and practical for those students who wish to really get their hands into building and designing networks. 
Each class runs for a total of six  months, with online lectures. The classes are self-paced so you can finish them in a month, or take the entire semester if desired. The cost for each course is $500 however, scholarships are available to students who are paying out of pocket that lower the price to $150. Students are required to have good internet access skills and be familiar with their screen reader of choice, or be willing to teach themselves the necessary skills as we go along. Students should be familiar with reading Adobe PDF documents, as they may be encountered while doing research projects. We do not teach basic computer skills. Course content is online, so a  broadband internet connection is highly recommended. Students should also have a working headset/microphone and be willing to install skype and Ventrilo, in order to attend lectures and communicate with instructors. Applications will be accepted until 28 January 2011. 
For more information on any of our courses or to request an application, please email
You can also visit our website at:
The CAVI Team 
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.

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