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    Good school for it training

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    by al156 ·

    I would like to find a school in Maryland, DC, or Virginia that provide fast, but thorough training (about 4-8 months) and not very expencive. Thank you for answers.

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    • #3896977

      Good school for it training

      by ravi ·

      In reply to Good school for it training

      You may want to check the CompTia site for information on some of their certification and training programs:

      http://www.comptia.org/index.asp?ContentPage=certification/training/training1.asp

      This link will allow you to choose a program that isof interest to you and find the institutions in your area.

      You may also want to check the Microsoft site to look for the Microsoft authorized training centers in your area:

      http://www.microsoft.com/Train_Cert/

      Keep in mind that the authorized training centers are not necessarily cheap, but usually tends to have competent instructors.

      Other vendors may have their own authorized training centers; you’ll have to look at their respective web sites for additional info.

      You may also want to find out if the school will allow you to use their equipment for “hands on” practice after hours, weekends, etc.

      Good luck.

    • #3897513

      Good school for it training

      by tdickson ·

      In reply to Good school for it training

      I have taken some courses from IKON and thought that they were pretty good. They have several different locations in VA. You can look them up on their Website http://www.ikon.com

    • #3897444

      Good school for it training

      by top ·

      In reply to Good school for it training

      Check out Computer Learning Centers (www.clcx.com) They offer 7-month courses in programming and network engineering, as well as a slightly longer program in hardware. I went to CLC in Michigan and was pleased overall with the experience.

      At around $14-15,000 I’m not sure if that qualifies as “not very expensive,” but it’s comparable with other places. They have sites in Laurel MA, and Alexandria VA.

      Of course, with any institution, you should ask about the specific credentials of the instructors. When I went to CLC, most of the instructors were fully-certified with years of experience. The local rumor-mill has it that it’s getting harder to find experienced instructors and they may be resorting to recently-graduated students (I’d call that tutor-plus, not instructor).

      New Horizons is also a popular school. I believe they cater more to people with previous industry experience, not the beginner.

      Tim

    • #3897338

      Good school for it training

      by csheltcomp ·

      In reply to Good school for it training

      #2 is good with the Ikon answer, but their future is uncertain. Also Computer Learning Centers was just merged with New Horizons. This makes for an even stronger schooling atmosphere with the new backing, plus this is now a world bound company. You can start at http://www.nhtricities.com There are contact #’s here you can call and ask about the various areas you need.

    • #3893062

      Good school for it training

      by jwakemen ·

      In reply to Good school for it training

      I used to work for several schools offering the training you seem to be seeking. Computer Learning Centers, Inc (www.clcx.com)was one of them, they are not affiliated with New Horizons or some of the smaller schools with a similar name. It is a confusing situation that has its roots years ago in a predecessor to many of the CLC companies. All the schools I worked for that had more than one location varied in quality from location to location. The CLC in Cherry Hill NJ was very good while I was there. Staff turnover is something that all schools have to deal with and the school I worked for is no exception. You need to be selecting the school as though you were an employer highering the staff to train you.

      Here are a few things to look for when selecting the program.

      After you build a list of local places like the two CLC locations mentioned, interview the schools. Ask to talk to the trainers and the administrators, not just the admissions staff. The better feeling you get from these interact

    • #3893052

      Good school for it training

      by jwakemen ·

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      … these interactions the better the training should be. Of course this is a judgement call.

      A vendor specific credential like Microsoft CTEC is not always a quality credential. These designations usually mean that the school has agreed to a set of regulations imposed by the vendor on the cirriculum and materials. This may be a good start, but I personally know many good instructors who refuse to work under these types of restrictions. The flexibility of an independent school may outweigh the importance of having the “official” course materials.

      Try to match the entry point of the program with the experience and knowlede that you currently have. This will allow you to start “on page 1” and not be bored early on.

      Be wary of admissions standards that are too low. This can get the classes bogged down with students that can not keep up and you will again be too bored. I been here as an istructor and is is awful to see someone with talent hurt by low standards that are driven b

    • #3742209

      Good school for it training

      by al156 ·

      In reply to Good school for it training

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