Also, research and make sure that the private institute does not presuppose that you prepare ahead of time with self-study or whatnot because those are not beneficial to you since you are just starting out. Finally, I would definitely scrutinize each offering on the level and means of interaction you get with the Cisco equipment. Some institutes bring in a rack of the equipment that the students are able to configure, some have you remotely access the equipment, and others give you simulation software. I would try to ensure that you shoot for the first option if not the second for I really feel the more hands on time you get with the equipment, the more the concepts that you covered in the courses would gel.
Good luck, and make sure you do all your homework (before and during the course).
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