I hope those of you who dig into blogs on TechTarget’s IT Knowledge Exchange take the time to explore the many other offerings available through this excellent information exchange and public forum. In case you haven’t checked out Suzanne Wheeler’s “Views from the PIT — People in IT,” you might want to give it a try. She’s a Generation X type who’s been working in the IT trenches for over a decade, and has many useful and interesting things to say about daily workaday life in information technology. Like me, she’s all over the place (in a good way) with her coverage, mixing up information about IT certifications, book reviews, interpersonal (soft) skills, technology musings, and a whole bunch more.
What brought her to my attention this morning as I began casting about for today’s blog topic (more spontaneous than usual, given tomorrow’s holiday and my urgent need to clear the decks in time to go fight my way into Central Market this afternoon to pick up my brined Kosher turkey for tomorrow’s big meal) was a cross-link reference to one of my own blogs about Entry-Level Certs in the context of a nice piece she put together about financing IT certification costs through local colleges and universities. She’s a proponent of the institution for higher learning she’s currently attending–Western Governers University (WGU)–which offers some very attractive online training and degree programs, in addition to serving the Salt Lake City area locally. In an August 14, 2008 posting she observes that the program not only includes the cost of cert exams in its tuition charges (plus a free retake if you don’t pass on the first try), attending also makes students eligible for federal student loans, and you can take as many classes per six month term (fixed price tuition) as you can stand. It’s a great deal for those interested in chasing down IT certifications and/or a BS or MBA in various IT disciplines.
I’m a strong proponent for, and former instructor at, our local community college, Austin Community College, where they also offer a plethora of certification courses and training, and where financing is likewise available, and where tuition runs about $54 per classroom hour (a strange but familiar measure) for up to 18 hours per semester. As you look around for training deals and coverage in your area, be sure to check out local community and technical colleges, too, because they often offer a killer combination of good instructors, well-equipped labs, and low costs.
But what really got my attention–and a big grin–was Wheeler’s remarks about me in her blog when she said “Ed is such a skilled and knowledgeable professional just reading his bio makes me tired!” Little does she know how tired I sometimes get, but I like to blame my active, inquisitive 4.75-year-old son Gregory more than the pace and demands of work.
Thanks to everybody for reading my blog. I wish you and your families the best of holidays and good cheer. Above all, may your turkey be as juicy and succulent as I expect mine to be!