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March, 2012


March 30, 2012  2:09 PM

CSL Offers Terrific Self-Study Videos



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Cisco provides great learning how to learn info, great cert learning advice from Stephanie Burns and Keith Barker on Cisco Learning Network

In this case CSL stands for the "Cisco Learning Network," where you'll find a peachy item entitled "Get the Secret of Surviving and Thriving as a Self-Study Student." This features a dandy video from a powerful Cisco training...

March 28, 2012  2:11 PM

Exam Pages for MS Private Cloud exams are now up!



Posted by: Ed Tittel

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March 26, 2012  2:36 PM

CompTIA Backs the Wounded Warriors Project with IT Training & Certification



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CompTIA foundation backs Wounded Warriors Project, IT certification support for wounded vets


March 23, 2012  6:43 PM

How bright can a local light shine on the economy and employment?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Austin TX leads the nation in job growth, Employment situation and economic indicators continue an upward climb

Reading the Austin American Statesman over the past couple of days, I noticed two very interesting items in the business section. Number one (in today's paper), first-time unemployment claims are down to a level not seen since March 2008 -- namely, 348,000 for the week of March 12-16. The...


March 20, 2012  8:49 PM

Whoa! This blog actually *registers* on somebody’s radar!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT Career JumpStart chosen for INET Top 20 IT Career blogs

I don't often get the chance to toot my own horn, but I received a very nice e-mail from Randy Brians this afternoon. Randy is the online marketing coordinator for a Website called INE.com, a provider of online training for Cisco certification. They describe their visitors as follows: "Our core...


March 19, 2012  1:21 PM

Growing Interest, Activity in Healthcare IT Certification



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Healthcare IT certification becoming strong new niche, numerous Healthcare IT certs now available

Starting in 2009, the US Congress acknowledged the importance of certfication as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) which sought to stimulate renewed growth and vigor in the US economy. Since then, they have made grants and funding available to service providers and hospitals...


March 12, 2012  8:09 PM

Cisco Updates CCNA Security and CCNP Security



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Cisco updates CCNA CCNP security exams, new content for CCNA CCNP matches current security landscape

[caption id="attachment_2049" align="aligncenter" width="544" caption="Cisco Press Release Announces Updated Security Coverage for CCNA, CCNP"]

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March 9, 2012  2:45 PM

Another BLS Report, Another Slight Uptick. Sigh.



Posted by: Ed Tittel
ongoing employment trend remains slow slow slow; March 2012 BLS Employment Situation Summary continues slow improvement

OK, so this month the guys at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (the BLS of this blog's title)  threw us a slight curveball: Instead of posting their numbers on the first Friday of the month, as they so often do, they are posting those numbers today on the second Friday instead. But though the...


March 7, 2012  2:21 PM

(ISC)2 Plans Move to Computer-based Testing on June 1



Posted by: Ed Tittel
(ISC)2 finally catches up with standard exam delivery practices, (ISC)2 to offer all exams through Pearson VUE

According to the following press release "(ISC)2 to Complete Final Stages of Computer-based Testing for All Its Certification Exams," the best-known information security certifications -- including the...


March 5, 2012  4:10 PM

CompTIA Seeks to Help Advance Women in IT Thru Online Community



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CompTIA sponsors Advancing Women in IT community online, nascent Women in IT organization needs help and support

Thanks to a story posted today on CertMag.com entitled "Push Is on for More Women in IT," I learned about a new CompTIA program called "Advancing...

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