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Welcome to CityLab Professional

Technical Education – Local Employment – Affordable Housing

The new networking is coming — Technology that enables automation and intent-based networking are fundamentally expanding what the network does and the role it plays.  In order to unleash the full capabilities of the new network, we need people with the skills to manage it.  This evolution of networking technology is what’s driving the redesign of our CityLab Pro program and enhancements to our CityLab Pro courses.

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Who we are

We are changing communities, accelerating economic opportunities, providing technical education, workforce development and affordable homes as an agency for underserved populations, building on the knowledge and skills of the Maker Movement connecting with Workforce Innovation and Workforce Opportunity funds in the 10th largest U.S. city (San Jose) and Cisco Systems a Forbes 100 Company with a MARKET CAP (2019) of $ 221.3B.

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What we do

Our mission is to help qualified organizations provide agency to underserved populations through technical and vocational training that builds sustainable communities: CityLab Professional provides managed, actionable networks where users can easily reach out to each other, as well as share and access structured resources and professional opportunities, throughout the CityLab Professional Network (citylab.pro).

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How you help

Patrons are foundations, nonprofits and organizations who commit funding and resources to support campaigns on CityLab Professional.

There is no application process for Patron funding. All projects launched on CityLab Professional are eligible, and Patrons work closely with CityLab Professional to find currently funding projects that are inspiring and in line with their missions.

Make a difference

Patrons share in our belief in creative works as essential to a healthy and vibrant society. By working with CityLab Professional to find projects that align with their mission, we create a bridge between institutions that champion creative projects, and the creators bringing those projects to life. If your organization is interested in participating as a Patron on CityLab Professional click below

How your support is invested

Well-designed plans and supports

By empowering individuals and organizations with problem-solving skills and transformative technologies, we will help bring the benefits of digitization to one billion people by 2025.

Growth and development


CityLab Professional is the combination of a industry standard certification, world class training center, and a state Seal of Approval we connect with Cisco’s Networking Academy which Trains 1M Students Per Year To Fill 8M Networking Jobs,to address the opportunities for high-need, high-cost populations, we want to increase the available local job pool, provide a path for community safety by lowering recidivism rates to create $106,854.37 in recovered county support costs to drive $3M in new job revenue per year to students within 36 months from start to scale and sustain growth we are aliging with Goodwill Industries and the State of California Department of Apprenticeship Standards.

Transition and growing independence


CityLab Professional is a unique, hands-on program designed to help scale employment-focused social enterprises. Through this program, we invest in the student by providing the tools and resources the student need to successfully run and grow a purpose-driven business. Cisco Networking Academy has made in-kind contributions worth billions in tools, resources, and support to students, schools and instructors. But we need your support to a bigger bridge between the needs of industry for the technical talent ready to innovate and shape the future.

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“Innovating Lives, Innovating Talent, Innovating Tomorrow, Innovating Culture and Innovating Communities; through a learning process we designed called Commit. Connect. Concern, to drive the needed changes.”

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Get Involved

Patrons are foundations, nonprofits and organizations who commit funding and resources to support campaigns on CityLab Professional that align with their mission.

2.7 M U.S. Children

Your $3 recurring support helps reduce estimates suggest that 2.7 million children have at least one parent behind bars, and at least 5 million have experienced parental incarceration at some point in their lives.

Anchoring Broken Families

Families impacted by parental incarceration are more likely to be Black, Latino, and/or from low-income families. Believe it or not, there is no readily available information about what those numbers are today.

Promise to Become a sponsor

Our Family Support Workers care for families at a time of great need. $10 will help families get the support they so desperately need. We have some funding milestones approaching and I'm eager to get back into production.

Create Hope

We could use your time contribution to build on the world’s largest classroom. Learn more