To prepare users for a job market that is increasingly dependent on technology, our comprehensive vocational program provides hands-on labs, skill assessments, relevant publications, and conceptual lectures covering protocols and the governing bodies constituting the Internet’s design and operation.
Our lab tool, ToyNet, eliminates common learning hurdles of studying computer networks. ToyNet allows users to learn in any environment, even without internet access.
Topics like the construction and provisioning of devices are explained in virtualized scenarios. These are made more comprehensible by removing unnecessary complexities from the fundamental steps before revealing more details as the modules progress. Through hands-on learning, ToyNet lowers the barrier to entering the field of technology and computer systems.
Our entire curriculum is written and reviewed by industry experts who have devoted many hours of labor and research to create ToyNet. Once our curriculum is complete, we will open-source and host both ToyNet and the computer networking curriculum on the public internet so that all active and former service members can utilize it for free.
As we explore protocols and governing bodies constituting the foundation of the Internet’s design and operation, it’s easy to get lost in the associated jargon. We distill topics such as the OSI model, Virtualization, and Domain Name Servers, into step-by-step, visual explanations.
Our emulator introduces every device or program involved in network communication as friendly, “squishy” characters. These squishies have defined jobs and tasks, like addressing data corruption over the wire and detecting errors on the receiving host.
Every branch of the U.S. Military has unique values they seek to instill in their personnel. Our modules begin with a self-reflection exercise on our virtues, which are pulled from our different service branches:
Courage, Duty, Commitment, Service, Loyalty,
Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Honor
Project Reclass incorporates all nine of these values and introduces a tenth value: Grit.
Grit is the combination of passion and perseverance toward long-term goals. A longitudinal study following more than 11,000 West Point cadets reported that while cognitive ability was a strong predictor of academic grades, cadets who fell one standard deviation higher on the grit scale were over 50% more likely to complete the rigorous Cadet Basic Training. When graduating from this four-year program, grit and physical ability were each better predictors of success than cognitive ability alone. By instilling grit and fortitude, we reinforce an implicit military virtue and develop skills that contribute to success.