Launching the CCNA Community Study Group in McAllen

We put a request in about 3 weeks ago to the City of McAllen I.T. Department to let us rummage through the surplus gear that they have to see if we could stand up a few labs for our community-driven, free to the public, CCNA Study Group. The I.T. Director, Robert Acosta, jumped at the chance to help us and sent Hector Gonzlaez, Jason Bartimus, and they’re intern Devin over to get us started.

We sifted through hubs, switches, routers, and line cards until we came up with a set of gear that could be used to help those in the community that wanted to further their knowledge of networking, communications, and strive to achieve the Cisco CCNA certification.

Hey McAllen City Commission, I’ve got some words for you … Thank you.

At the McAllen City Commission Meeting on August 28, 2017 we were unanimously approved to use the surplus gear from the City!

What’s a CCNA?

The Cisco CCNA, a Cisco Certified Network Associate, is one of the most common certifications in the industry that is synonyms with knowledge, understanding, commitment, and dedication to networking.

If you look it up online, here’s what you get:

The average salary for a female CCNA ranges from $55,166-$90,642, while the average male salary falls between $53,514-$89,797. The CCNA is a foundational cert for those seeking a high level networking profession, as well as one of the most highly sought after certifications in the industry as a whole.

Why we started the CCNA Study Group

When we were approached by a 13-year old who was too young to participate in our CompTIA Security boot camp, we saw this as an awesome opportunity to help more than just him.

We started to organize a study group around a few people that were interested in the McAllen area. That grew to over 60 registrants from across the Rio Grande Valley.

We have registrants of all types spanning age groups, genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds. We are always proud to support a dynamic cross-section of our community and culture and have always believed in keeping those inclusive beliefs across all of our programs. Nerds are nerds.

Community Support, Sponsorship, and Mentorships

One of the great things that we have witnessed is the out pouring of support from the local and global I.T. community.

NetSync Networks

NetSync Networks, a local Cisco Certifed Partner, has chipped in to cover meals, snacks and drinks at our weekly meetups as well as sending over Cisco-certified employees to help guide students.

Cisco Systems

Local Cisco employees from both their sales and technical teams have committed to coming in and helping out where they can, offering mentorships, guidance, and support! Please note: Cisco Systems, Inc. does not officially endorse or sponsor this event. If you are from Cisco and you’d like to though, we’re not gonna say no :) email us:

Todd Lammle, Inc.

As the author behind the #1 rated CCNA study guide on Amazon and with many years of experience, having the support of Todd with this program was essential in its success. Not only has he built our 10-week program, but he has given us a coupon for $100 off his 3-month subscription to the online video course. This means our students come out of pocket less than $100 to take advantage of this opportunity!! Thanks Todd!

L & F Distributors

Local beverage distributor L & F Distributors has offered refreshments of all types for our group and those over 21!

and of course…

The City of McAllen

The City has gracisoulsy approved the use of their hardware for labs for our students! This is an essential part to learning and achieving the CCNA. Getting hands-on with real-world equipment instead of using software simulators is a way that students can see and feel the equipment they are going to be trainign for. Normally the labs for this type of class cost thousands of dollars to setup, but thanks to the City, our students don’t have to worry about those expense!

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce Creative Incubator — TechPlace

Our Study group will be held on the 3rd floor of the McAllen Creative Incubator in the TechPlace area. This co-working and creative environment was visualized early on in partnership with the McAllen Chamber and CodeRGV as a place to get like-minded people together to create and innovate. |

Here we go!

Our study group registration is closed at this time as we don’t have to space to offer for more students to show up. We have received such a tremendous response, we hope to continue to offer it in the future!

Until then, please be on the lookout at for future classes and other sessions!


This is an awesome way to find people to hire. Please email if you would like to get the resumes of the students that participate in the program! We’d love to have you hire local!