Course overview

CompTIA Net+ certification fast tracks beginning technology workers into a long, successful career in the technology industries. Divergence Academy’s Net+ course was created specifically for the Army COOL program. The course designer, Eric Foulkrod, has been teaching aspiring tech workers since 2006 and active duty military and veterans since 2014. Based on his extensive experience in face-to-face and online courses, he has created a course in which beginning learners can thrive and experienced learners can turn their existing knowledge into deeper understanding to succeed on the Net+ exam and in their careers.

The unique structure of this course emphasizes career paths and matches the knowledge learners need with the ways they will use it in the real world. Traditional certification courses teach the subject as a list of topics. For instance, “Here is everything you need to know about IP addressing all at once. It might be easy at first, but trust me, it’ll get impossible shortly [cue evil laughter].” The problem with this approach is that it presents basic, advanced, and super-advanced material all together. The idea is ludicrous.

This course starts with the simplest network, two cups and a string, and then shows how the same principles work with quantum computing and “talking” to Mars rovers. The content is built around progression, not just in knowledge, but in the job positions you will qualify for as you progress. Just like kung fu, this class starts off with the basics you need to know, and then expands upon them. Your growth will unfold as you move from one module to the next. Each module will establish a stronger base and a new level of mastery that makes taking the next step easier and more logical. It’s the way learning is supposed to work. It’s a door to a whole new future. Your future. It’s a perfect time to get your future Oscar Mic.

Student Experience

Back Office Support

At the end of every module, our Backoffice Support will provide guidance on best ways to approach preparing for the next module. During the module, students can request help online or via discussion boards for completing the tasks in each module. For some, working in an online environment and completing labs will be new. The professional managing back office will be on standby and ready to provide additional assistance with 24 hours of request.

On-Demand Labs

Our Online Learning Platform is fully integrated with best-in-class IT Lab infrastructure provided by a premier provider in the cloud – Learn On Demand Systems. The labs can be launched from within the Online Learning Platform. The completion of labs is tracked to ensure every learner is benefiting from the hands-on assignments. The access to the labs and the online platform is available for 12 months.

Career Coaching

CompTIA organization shares the IT industry job roles aligned to Network+ certification. These include – Junior Network Administrator, Network Field Technician, Junior System Engineer, IS Consultant, Network Field Engineer, Computer Technician, Help Desk Technician, Network Support Specialist and Network Analyst. Divergence’s Career Services Center will assist you with resume prep, LinkedIn optimization, and interview coaching for one of the job roles.

Course Details

Divergence Net+ course is designed so that beginning learners can thrive and experienced learners can turn their existing knowledge into deeper understanding to succeed on the Net+ exam and in their careers.

The unique structure of this course emphasizes career paths and matches the knowledge learners need with the ways they will use it in the real world – the roles of Technologists, Admins, Architects, Engineers, and Hackers.

Network+ Certification will open the door to your first civilian or government job, post-service.

Network+ certification is requested by many employers as a general test of skills. Specifically, government and military contracts tend to request Network+ certification above other types of certification. This is because Network+ certification is vendor neutral, which means that it applies to all types of systems. Cisco certification only applies to Cisco technology, and Microsoft certification is similar. A technician with Network+ certification will therefore have a more diverse set of knowledge and be able to work with varying systems. Because the government and military have very rigid standards, those without the required certifications may not be considered for hire.

Congrats! You’ve earned your Network+. Now where do you go from here?

Possibly to a career in Cybersecurity! We want to give you a sneak peek into that world with some preparatory material for the Security+ certification and invite you to join our in-person immersive bootcamp to become a Cybersecurity Professional Penetration Tester and Ethical Hacker.

Career Support

Strategy and Accountability: Our coaches work with you to individualize your path to a new career. Stay on track and motivated from the first day of class!

Interview Preparation: Sharpen your ability to ace technical interviews and tailor your resume to land the career you are looking for. Showcase a portfolio of real-world exploits, vast in-depth knowledge, and build up your elite persona in the hacking community.

Exclusive Networking Opportunities: Learn how to navigate past all the networking nuances, connect with hiring managers at exclusive DA-hosted events, and prepare to shine with mock interviews.

The Academy supports a full range of Financial Aid, Scholarship, Income Share Agreement, Education Loan and local Grant Programs for Data Science Immersive students. Follow the links below for details on each option

Tuition & Finance

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Job Placement Possibilities

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Admissions Process

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Income Share Agreement
Pay tuition back in manageable monthly installments after you land a job.
Not currently available to students outside the United States.
$0 upfront cost

GI Bill®

For U.S. veterans, military spouses, and dependents of veterans.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.

Scholarships

Apply for grants with your local Workforce Solutions Office, that provide career services to underrepresented communities in tech.

Loans

Apply for a loan from one of our high-quality lender – Skills.Fund.
Financing as low as $450 a month

Installments

Divide tuition into three payments.
Currently only available in select U.S. markets.

Full Tuition (With Pay Upfront Discount)

Admissions Tour

Come visit our new training facility

Schedule an Admissions tour with our team to explore our new 10,000 sq ft space. Grab a coffee and meet Bear (our reigning, four-legged Chief Happiness Officer), step into a classroom, or find a comfy lounge and chat with one of our many helpful staff, alumni, or students about their experience here at Divergence Academy.

Admissions Process

Step 1

Research

So you want to be an ethical hacker, social engineer, data analyst, data scientist, or data visualizer? Maybe you've heard the cloud is where it's at, or you're an industry veteran that needs a skills refresh. Ask Google, do some research, search profiles on LinkedIn, and ask questions. Curiosity and a knack for research are essential skills for a technologist. Spend some time and bring your questions to the next step.

Step 2

Apply

Let's talk through it: your background, chosen path, weekday or weekend schedule, funding options, and more. Schedule an appointment with our Admissions Team.

Step 3

Online Wookie Course

Curious folks, we will not make you wait to get started on your learning journey. You'll be enrolled from the get-go in either Data or Cyber Wookie. Each provides valuable resources to help our future data scientists or ethical hackers prep for the first day of class.

Step 4

Decision

Congrats! Your funding has been verified and you are accepted into the program. Be on the lookout for a personalized Acceptance Letter via e-mail. You can always call us at 833-DIVERGE.

Step 5

Orientation

Experiencing first day jitters? Here's how we can help.
A week before your program starts, our Community Manager will get you onboarded to the learning platform, walk you through TWC enrollment paperwork, and connect you with future classmates.

Step 6

Ask Questions

"Besides technology skills, what else will help me land a solid job?"
Soft Skills.
And guess what? You can start practicing TODAY.

Frequently asked questions

Divergence Academy follows a 16:1 student to teacher ratio. Classrooms are equipped with six foot training tables, swivel ergonomic chairs and computers for each student. Instructors have flexible desk for standing or sitting, big screen TVs to display, whiteboards and the same capabilities for remote delivery.

“The Army’s COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line), also known as Credentialing Assistance (CA) helps soldiers find information on certifications and licenses related to their jobs.  The program can pay for courses and exams that lead to industry-recognized civilian credentials in an occupational area of your choice.”

“Civilian credentials are important for two reasons:

Career Advancement Civilian credentialing can contribute to military career development, and may be accepted for self-development requirements and in performance evaluations.

Smoother Transitions When you transition back to civilian employment, credentials help you translate your military training and experience into something civilian employers can easily recognize. That can help you get hired, get a better job, or be promoted sooner!”

“CA is subject to the same funding ceiling as Tuition Assistance (TA). A Soldier may use both TA and CA; however, you can’t get more than $4,000 total from both programs per fiscal year.”

“Eligible Soldiers include those who are: Regular Army, Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) pursuant to Title 10 and Title 32, U.S. Army Reserve (USAR), and Army National Guard (ARNG) in an active drilling status with a designation as satisfactory.”