Cisco Veteran IT Academy

The abilITy Cisco Academy or IT Academy is an innovative training program where people with disabilities and veterans can earn industry-recognized skills and a CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification.  The IT Academy, in partnership with the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities and the NYC Mayor's Office of Veteran's Affairs, helps students get connected to employment opportunities in the IT industry.

Key Components of the Program:

An Accessible Academy that has been adapted for different learning styles in a physically accessible environment.  it is tuition-free for qualifying students.

Work Readiness - Students participate in workshops and one-on-one coaching that adress topics such as resume writing, networking, mock interviews and workplace etiquette, often with potential employers.

Paid Internships provide students opportunities to apply skills in the workplace.

Cisco Certification that is professionally recognized within the tech industry.

Connections to Employers are a vital part of the program.  Students work with an Employment Specialist who helps create individualized career plans and facilitates connections to jobs.


You may qualify if you:

Are a New York State resident

Have a documented disability or a US Veteran (disabled veterans are given priority)

Are unemployed or underemployed

Have a 10th grade reading level and 10th grade math level at TABE

Have a HS Diploma, GED (college preferred)

Have a demonstrable interest in technology - either post-secondary education, self-taught and/or work experience

Are able to commit to the 6-month training without missing a class, and the 3-month paid internship (approximately 25hours/week) in class or virtually due to COVID

Are legally authorized to work in the U.S.A.

Are ready to make an important commitment towards building your future

Other factors may impact your eligibility.


The next Veteran Cohort will begin in May 2021 so apply now!

To request an information phone call to discuss your qualifications, send an email to [email protected]


All information sessions, assessments, and admissions interviews will be held at Institute for Career Development (ICD) or virtually:

Institute for Career Development

123 William Street, 5th floor

New York, NY 10038