[LUNI] Re: Training
kurti at comcast.net
Fri Aug 13 19:08:33 CDT 2004
Let me 2nd the nomination for your local community college.
I am going to give a shout out for College of Dupage. I didn't take any
Linux classes there, but I did take C++ and a basic and advanced course
in Visual Basic.
Their equipment is good and the teachers are very proffessional and up
to date in their knowlege.
You can't get a better value for your dollar IMHO. It is something like
$180 for a class.
If you are not sure which direction you should take, talk to one of
their career counsolers and see what they recommend. Your tax dollars
have already paid for it!
I too am leary of the Tech Schools. Does anyone remember Linux Island?
jadgate at mindspring.com wrote:
>I can't recommend a good training option for you (I too am leery of a the
>tech schools out there) but my advice is this:
>stay away from places like New Horizons, CSI and the like. As soon as they
>know you have grant money, they'll be on you like flies on s@#$t, but will
>treat you like the red-headed stepchild once they get the money.
>It sounds like your background is mostly hardware based. If you are still
>interested in that, talk to the VAR's that sell and support the kind of
>hardware you want to work with, and see what training sources they use for
>their workforce. I would start with something you want to do, rather than
>what *might* be more favorable from current opportunities standpoint. If you
>are doing something you have a passion for, then you'll still want to do it
>and be motivated, even on the days when things aren't going well and you
>feel like you are banging your head against the wall.
>Perhaps one of the local community colleges would have a good work study
>program that would be a better fit than one of the local certification
>mills. I've looked into this recently, and I know that Comptia has a program
>with the DOL. See here:
>You might be able to create your own apprenticeship or internship with a LCC
>based on what you want to do; I'm not sure what the program specifics are.
>I too got a grant from workforce development (unemployment) about 3 years
>ago. I used it to get my MCSE, but if I could do it over again, I'd choose
>something else. But then again, I don't think that anyone would have
>predicted that the overall job market in 2004 would be as tough as it was in
>in 2001 and 2002.
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