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BDI Bridge Academy


New Curriculum

Interested in IT and Computer Networks?

Looking for your next step?

A Bridge to Opportunity

The Cisco Certified Support Technician (CCST) Cybersecurity certification is your way to mastering entry-level cybersecurity concepts and topics. From security principles to network and endpoint security, vulnerability assessment to risk management, and incident handling, this certification covers it all. 

I saw a flyer on Facebook for this IT program at BDI Academy. My son was floundering trying to figure out a career path after high school. He agreed to attend an information meeting which shocked me. We were wowed! This seemed like an answer to prayer for him (and us). He was accepted. I'll say that everyone supporting this cohort wants the students to succeed. Justin helped him learn the IT material and was always a phone call away to help. The soft skills portion set him up for success with a resume, LinkedIn profile, and interview skills. I feel my son can and will have a successful career now. Especially knowing that on his first job he will have a mentor to guide him.

Wendy Atkins,


My son was stuck in a series of dead-end food industry jobs that weren’t utilizing his talents. We weren’t sure how to go about getting him into a program where he would thrive and succeed. BDI Bridge Academy changed that. The whole time, he expressed nothing but support for all the teachers and staff. We never thought this would be possible; now he has a future. We are so excited about what lies ahead, and I am forever thankful.

Marcy Rende,


Cisco Certification Preparedness

The BDI Bridge Academy prepares students with disabilities to obtain Cisco’s global credential as a Cisco Certified Technician (CCT). CCT’s work in the IT space as help-desk technicians and network administrators.

Work Readiness

The BDI Bridge Academy prepares students with disabilities with the soft skills they need to be successful in the workplace. Topics include resume development, interviewing, self-advocacy, and social skills in the workplace.


The BDI Bridge Academy partners with local employers to establish job opportunities across the metro Atlanta area. These opportunities can include internships, part-time, and full-time roles in the IT job sector. Additionally, BDI is collaborating with the Watering Seeds Foundation to provide mentoring and job coaching support for up to 18 months after completing the program.

The BDI Bridge Academy leverages the Cisco Network Academy Curriculum and is focused on providing accessible IT training for people with disabilities. The program is delivered through a public/private partnership that enables the delivery of a globally recognized 20-week program with rich student support and jobs waiting.

Eligibility Requirments

➢ Standard high school graduate diploma or a GED credential

➢ Age 18 and above with a verifiable disability

➢ Strong verbal communication skills

➢ Reading and math skills above the High School freshman level (US equivalent)

➢ Desire to work with technology (hardware and software)

➢ Willingness to go above and beyond to succeed

➢ Focused on achieving goals

➢ Commitment to work hard over the duration of the course

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If you are interested in the Bridge Academy and have a disability, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) can assist with your VR application.

For more information, go to referral.gvs.ga.gov or call (844) 367-4872.

Your Pathway to a Thriving Career

      Looking for an exciting opportunity to kickstart your IT career? The prestigious Cisco Certified Technician (CCT) credential is one of the best ways to start. 

       Types of roles include junior cyber-security analyst or technician as well as IT/network/help desk technician.

       Atlanta’s average annual pay for an IT technician is $44,480.

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