Graduation Ceremony of the first class

A New Secure Cloud-Based Remote Delivery Model of Career Technical Courses and Certifications Empowers Adults-in-Custody with Skills for Gainful Employment to Reduce Recidivism for Better Public Safety. HopeAi and Cisco celebrate the graduation of Valley State Prison's first Cisco Networking Academy hybrid online class. 

SAN JOSE-- News Summary:

  • Adults in custody at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, California, passed the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA1) Introduction to Networks with excellent grades.
  • HopeAi's pilot demonstrates the effectiveness and security of the scalable remote hybrid delivery of professional career technical courses leading to industry-recognized certifications from top-tier high-tech companies to adults in custody using existing prison IT infrastructures in prisons.
  • HopeAi and Cisco will mark the occasion with a graduation ceremony celebrating the adults in custody accomplishments. The graduates will have opportunities to complete the full CCNA certification, an in-demand industry credential that will enable them to apply for entry level networking jobs.

(Chowchilla, Calif.) – July 28, 2023 --Non-profit Hope Artificial Intelligence Inc. (HopeAi), and Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad) today announced the graduation of Valley State Prison's first class receiving the Cisco course completion certificates for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Introduction to Networks course. Graduates at the Chowchilla institution are on track to earn an industry certification in computer network administration, a highly marketable skill. These industry-recognized certifications will help secure better paying jobs upon release. Based on the pilot’s impressive results, HopeAi plans to scale its remote hybrid programs to other states and federal prisons and jails. HopeAi worked with the management of the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to offer a hybrid remote model course as part of a pilot program. Students accessed the course material using HopeAi’s secure cloud-based educational platform and the institution’s existing IT infrastructure. This online learning was complemented by weekly virtual synchronous video sessions led by Professor Dr. Wael Abdeljabbar, HopeAi Cofounder and NetAcad certified Instructor. All students passed the final exam with grades ranging from B+ to A+, as good or better than those achieved from similar university programs. “The success of the HopeAi and Cisco Networking Academy program show that the Secure Remote Hybrid Delivery of technical courses and certifications is a viable option to provide adults-in-custody access to education and career opportunities on a whole new expanded scale. We have the potential to positively impact many of the 600,000 adults in custody released yearly from the US state and federal prisons and jails,” said HopeAi Cofounder, Chairman & CEO Dr. Amr Mohsen. HopeAi selected the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) courses for their first remote hybrid delivery courses because of their representative high technical complexities and better paying job opportunities. Professional career technical certificate programs like the CCNA Certification can open

new job pathways for nontraditional learners. These programs do not require a college degree, take less time to complete than traditional college degree programs, and offer job seekers higher wages that equal or sometimes exceed those of college degrees. Professional career technical certificate programs also promote self-esteem and soft skills such as critical thinking and collaborative teamwork among students. These skills are necessary for successful reentry and provide a major reduction in

recidivism and significant social impact on the adults in custody and their communities.

“Cisco Networking Academy's partnership with HopeAi is a manifestation of our deep purpose-driven commitment to empower all people with career possibilities through inclusive workforce development,” said Laura Quintana, Vice President, and General Manager of the Cisco Networking Academy. “Skills development and job opportunities must truly be available 'for all' and we are honored to be a part of empowering these justice-impacted learners with the skills and opportunity to change their lives.”

About Cisco Networking Academy

Cisco Networking Academy is one of the longest-standing IT skills-to-jobs programs in the world. Over the past 25 years, 17.5 million learners in 190 countries have trusted the program’s skills-to-jobs curriculum and connections with an educational pathway to meaningful work. In the next 10 years, Cisco Networking Academy aims to provide digital skills training to twenty-five million people, helping position them for in-demand jobs and educational opportunities in Cisco’s efforts to help build an

inclusive workforce. Learn more at

About HopeAi

Hope Artificial Intelligence Inc. (, a nonprofit corporation, is focused on offering secure and

scalable remote learning to incarcerated students in the US prison system for technical career courses

and industry-recognized professional certifications to optimize their reintegration into society, resulting

in major reduction in recidivism and significant social impact on the inmates, their families, and



Adults-In-Custody Receive CCNA1 Completion Certificate at CDCR Valley State Prison, Chowchilla, California, on July 28, 2023