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Recently I answered a question about how to get money for IT certifications and since I got two thumbs up I thought it might worth sharing here. First, I must disclose that I am entirely biased towards Western Governors University because its the school I currently attend.
Western Governors University has IT degrees that include your certification exams in the cost of tuition. It’s 100% accredited, meaning you can get Federal Student Loans. The basic IT certs you get are CIW Professional, CIW Associates, Microsoft Certified Professional (based on MS 70-270 Windows XP Exam), Sun Certified Associate for the Java Platform, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Project+, CompTIA A+ IT Technician. Depending on the program focus you choose, the certs change. This even includes 1 free retake per exam.
Tuition is on a 6-month term basis but there is no limit to the number of classes you can take per term. That means you can finish as fast as you want with no extra charge for taking additional classes! As a current student I can give referrals for a free application. It will save you $60.
As you decide how important certifications are to your resume be sure to read Why Entry-Level Certs Aren’t Enough to Get You a Job from Ed Tittel. It’s the best treatment of the subject I’ve seen and from a trusted source. Ed is such a skilled and knowledgeable professional just reading his bio makes me tired!
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