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February 23, 2009  5:14 PM

Microsoft Scores Again with “Elevate America”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, funding IT skills development, IT career development, IT certification, IT skills development, IT training, Microsoft certifications, Microsoft e-learning, Microsoft Elevate America

With somewhat unusual timing, Microsoft announced on Sunday, February 22, a new job training program called "Elevate America" that aims to proffer technical skills training to lots of Americans (as many as two million according to an annoucement-day

February 19, 2009  4:14 PM

Not All Training Programs/Institutions Are Created Equal



Posted by: Ed Tittel
academic degree plans, adult education, Career planning, certification training, community college, continuing education, IT career planning, IT training

If you want a real eye-opener about some companies that operate in the post-secondary technical training market, check out Linda Briggs 2004 story: "Federal Probe Targets ITT Tech." In particular, you must read the...


February 13, 2009  3:18 PM

How Can You Get a Job that Requires IT Experience, When You Have None?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career planning, continuing education, IT career planning, IT certification, IT job search

Of all the questions I receive regularly from readers, site members, and the public at large, none is so poignant to me as those that might be summarized as: "I'm looking for a job in IT. I have certifications x, y, and z. Nobody will talk to me, or take me seriously because I have no IT work...


February 11, 2009  3:12 PM

Prepping for CISSP? Check out CCCure.org



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, CISSP, Clement Dupuis, continuing education, infosec certification, ISC-squared, IT certification

As I started working on one of our more successful books--it's now in a fourth edition, and continues to generate modest but steady earnings--I first stumbled across French-Canadian Clement Dupuis' outstanding CCCure.org Web site. For those prepping for the CISSP exam, this site is a real treasure...


February 9, 2009  5:08 PM

Check Out Pearson’s CertFlashCardsOnline Offerings



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, exam preparation tips, IT certification, IT certification self-study, IT certification study materials

Pearson Publishing is the parent company for Cisco Press, InformIT.com, and Que (the publisher of Exam Cram and Exam Prep titles, for which I was series editor until January 1, 2006). They are currently offering a free flash card pack to anybody who visits


February 6, 2009  4:57 PM

MS Leaks “Career Assist” Details in Blog



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career Assist Program, Career planning, continuing education, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Microsoft certifications, Second Shot Program

Microsoft Certification Project Manager Ken Rosen has let slip the details on the "Career Assist" program in a post to his Born to Learn blog. It actually went up on Wednesday as I was waiting for official word from MS, and reports the same Friday, February 6, public release date that MS...


February 5, 2009  4:45 PM

Stay tuned for further “Career Assist” news from MS



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, Career planning, continuing education, IT certification, Microsoft Career Assist, Microsoft certifications, Microsoft e-learning

Alas, the program details for the "Career Assist" program from Microsoft foretold to me last week have yet to materialize. The original launch date for this program was supposed to have been yesterday (February 4) and I waited on this blog to discuss them until the day had come and gone. Instead I...


January 28, 2009  5:55 PM

Don’t forget “other sources” when funding IT training



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, continuing education, IT skills development, job seeking skills

As veteran blogger and commenter Suzanne Wheeler (she writes "Views from the PIT-People in IT" blog here) noticed about my


January 19, 2009  9:40 PM

What about spending money when you have no money?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, IT certfication, IT job search, job seeking skills, professional development

I just did a follow-up phone interview with TechTarget news writer MIchael Morisy, who raised the question with me "Will people really spend money on certs in a down economy?" Notice carefully the use of "people" in this question: we're talking about individuals spending their own hard-earned...


January 14, 2009  6:50 PM

Out of an IT Job? Then what?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career planning, continuing education, IT careers, IT certification, job seeking skills

In some e-mail with a fellow certification market follower recently, my correspondent opined that those who find themselves out of work in IT can look for a silver lining in such dire circumstances. The sudden change of work status creates a fabulous opportunity for study, learning, training, or...


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