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BDI Bridge Academy IT Certification Program
For over thirty-five (35) years, the Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI) has been empowering and employing people with disabilities. BDI has now partnered with Three Talents and Cisco to implement the Bridge to Opportunity Academy’s IT certification program in Atlanta.
BDI’s Bridge Academy is a program focused on providing accessible IT training for people with disabilities. Student tuition costs will be underwritten by BDI and its partners, making it possible for those selected to the program to attend for free.
BDI is leveraging the global success and best practices of Cisco, the Cisco Network Academy, and the Bridge to Opportunity Academy to deliver the twenty (20) week IT certificate program in Atlanta. To date, the program has graduated over 300 students globally, and currently has 400 students actively enrolled in programs across the US, Europe, and Africa. The results and life changing impact for graduating students is outstanding with over 80% of the graduates attaining employment in the IT field.
BDI’s Bridge Academy will employ a hybrid virtual and in-class model. Students will receive four (4) days of virtual instruction and one (1) day of on-site hands-on lab instruction. In addition to IT instruction, BDI will provide extensive student support. Students will work with our training staff and work force resources team focusing on social skills development, resume writing, mock interviews, and workplace etiquette. Additionally, students will meet with potential employers through virtual and on-site visits.
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BDI offers a continuum of support for all ages, stages and levels of need for people with disabilities and their families.