Build your digital skills: The new free online courses by SolidarityNow

Another important learning initiative of SolidarityNow is about to begin, aimed at those who want to develop their digital skills and refine their knowledge on Internet, cyber-security, digital entrepreneurship and other contemporary themes.

In the form of online courses in order everyone form their own attendance schedule, these courses are provided free of charge by SolidarityNow, a certified CISCO Networking Academy, with two basic prerequisites:

  • The attendance should be completed the on August 31st, starting from June 1st.
  • All participants should speak English fluently, the working language of each online course.

If you are interested in attending one or more courses, enroll ASAP by following the link that accompanies the course you are interested in.

Get Connected – Enroll here

Entrepreneurship – Enroll here

Intro to cybersecurity – Enroll here

Cybersecurity Essentials – Enroll here

Intro to Internet of Things – Enroll here

Linux Unhatched – Enroll here

Be your own boss – For enrollments, send en email to (subject: BYB101-S19)

Learn more about the syllabus of each course

#1 Get Connected Skills Digital Literacy – Duration : 30 hours

Learn how to use a computer, connect devices and access search, email, and social media.

Get Connected introduces you to basic computer and Internet navigation skills.

The Solidarity Now Cisco Networking Academy® Get Connected course provides an introduction to the digital world with networks as a foundation for connecting people and things. The curriculum helps students understand how to use computers and connect to the Internet. Get Connected also explores the human network and introduces students to the world of social media. Students experience the fun and value of interacting with others through common software applications and tools.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify different types of computer systems, components, printers, and other devices.
  • Understand Microsoft Windows and how to work with files and folders.
  • Understand computer networking, how to browse and search the Internet, and how to use email.
  • Create accounts for Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
  • Identify common problems and implement simple solutions for hardware, software, and networks.

#2 Entrepreneurship Course- Duration: 15 hours

Develop an entrepreneurial way of thinking to improve your job opportunities and advance your career.

The Entrepreneurship course uses interactive, online case studies to show how to apply network technology skills to start a business or advance your career.

  • Increase your self confidence and personal motivation.
  • Learn how to capture the customer’s needs and design for them.
  • Improve leadership skills and financial literacy.
  • Learn about starting different kinds of businesses from an Internet café to a consulting service and more

#3 Intro to cybersecurity – Duration: 15hours

Learn how to protect yourself online and in social media while discovering careers in cybersecurity.

The Introduction to Cybersecurity course explores the broad topic of cybersecurity in a way that matters to you. Learn how to protect your personal data and privacy online and in social media, and why more and more IT jobs require cybersecurity awareness and understanding.

  • Learn what cybersecurity is and what it means for you personally and professionally.
  • Learn how to be safe online by understanding the most common threats, attacks and vulnerabilities.
  • Find out how businesses protect their operations from cyber attacks and why jobs are growing.
  • Study at your own pace and reinforce your understanding with activities and quizzes.
  • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

#4 Cybersecurity Essentials-  Duration: 15 hours

Learn the fundamental principles, procedures, and practices of information and networking security.

The Cybersecurity Essentials course develops foundational understanding of cybersecurity and how it relates to information and network security. The course introduces students to characteristics of cyber crime, security principles, technologies, and procedures to defend networks. Through interactive, multimedia content, lab activities, and multi-industry case studies, students build technical and professional skills to pursue careers in cybersecurity.

  • Learn procedures to implement data confidentiality, integrity, availability and security controls on networks, servers and applications.
  • Understand security principles and how to develop security policies that comply with cybersecurity laws.
  • Apply skills through practice, using labs and Cisco Packet Tracer activities.
  • Get immediate feedback on your work through built-in quizzes and tests.
  • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

#5 Intro to Internet of Things – Duration : 20 hours

Learn how the Internet of Things (IoT) and the digital transformation of business create new value and new job opportunities.

The Introduction to IoT course provides an overview of key concepts and challenges related to digital transformation. The course examines the evolution of the Internet and how the interconnection of people, processes, data, and things is transforming every industry. Note: Introduction to IoT replaces the Introduction to the Internet of Everything (IoE) course.

  • Learn how digital transformation turns information into action, creating unprecedented economic opportunity.
  • Understand how the IoT brings together operational technology and information technology systems.
  • Discover how business processes for evaluating and solving problems are being transformed.
  • Learn the security concerns that must be considered when implementing IoT solutions.
  • Practice what you learn using Cisco Packet Tracer, a network configuration simulation tool.
  • Connect to the global Cisco Networking Academy community

#6 Linux Unhatched-  Duration : 8 hours

Establish basic knowledge that starts to build Linux expertise, a valuable skill needed for in-demand IT careers.

The NDG Linux Unhatched exposes new learners to the basics of Linux software installation and configuration, and introduces the Linux command line in a short self-paced course. Aligned to the Linux exam objectives found on the CompTIA A+ certification, learners develop basic Linux knowledge and whet appetite to further build Linux expertise by continuing with either NDG Linux Essentials or NDG Linux I.

  • Learn how Linux is everywhere, from wrist watches to rocket ships, along with the growing career opportunities requiring Linux skills.
  • Learn the basics of the Linux Command Line Interface (CLI).
  • Apply Linux virtual machine knowledge step-by-step with hands-on lab activities.
  • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community

#7 Be your own boss – Duration: 8 hours

The Be Your Own Boss course is a series of 8 modules on how to run a successful technology business and become a “technopreneur.” Each hour-long module includes an instructional video, insights from a noted technopreneur, and a quiz.

  • Understand what a technopreneur is and how to become one.
  • Discover how to put your creativity to work, test your ideas, and research the market.
  • Develop a business plan and get you and your team ready for market.
  • Create a business contract and develop business relationships with customers.
  • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.