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Reputation Management Gets Our Students IT Jobs

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Wed, Jun 06, 2012

Houston CSDI thought I had spoken with every staffing company in Houston, but not the one that called me last week. They have heard of MyComputerCareer, 'though. The recruiter that contacted me said he knew us from some of our students. These students worked for a company that he was staffing for and had all been doing a really good job.

It says a great deal about the type of service we are providing to the community here in Houston. To get a call from a company that knows us because of our students is remarkable.

This recruiter had a client that needed techs to build and test laptops, desktops and servers.  We spent some time together and I provided him with some students. Thus far he has called and interviewed every student I sent him and they are all moving forward in the hiring process. The problem is he wants MORE candidates!!! What a problem to have!

How would you like to be an in-demand candidate for an IT Job??? Check out the MyComputerCareer program, read the success stories, and take the FREE Career Evaluation to see if this is something for you.

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Tags: Career Services Updates, IT Training, Success Stories

Are Colleges Worth The Money?

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Wed, Jun 06, 2012

Did I Waste Money?Here's something to think about when considering getting a college degree: what's the Return on Investment? Regardless of starting up a college career or going back to school, "higher education" is EXPENSIVE! In an extensive annual report of 1248 colleges and universities by PayScale, a global compensation research firm, the average cost of a "four-year" degree is $128,089!!!

Considering the scarcity of jobs these days, and limited marketability of many degree programs offered by colleges and universities, it is no surprise that many of the schools surveyed have a NEGATIVE ROI! In fact, 352 of the schools show a net loss when comparing overall cost to 30 years of earnings. That number is even more depressing if you're considering a degree completion program and won't have 30 years to try and recoup your investment.

Today's job market requires specific quantifiable skills. The survey quoted above begs the question: are those skill being taught in college? If so, what other irrelevant information has to be picked up, and paid for, along the way? Wouldn't it make more sense to get the skills employers need as fast as possible so you can get your career going? That's the philosophy of MyComputerCareer. Get in, learn the skills you need for an IT career, get out with a job in 3-6 months. Anything else is burning cash and spinning wheels. Check out the MyComputerCareer program, read the success stories, and take the FREE Career Evaluation to see if this is something for you.

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: IT Training, Computer Careers

Danny Andrews, Former Restaurant Professional, Converts To IT

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Thu, May 31, 2012

After 39 years in the restaurant business, Danny decided to reclaim his life by changing careers. Once he decided on IT, after considering a variety of educational options, Danny chose MyComputerCareer. Here he talks about why. If you think it's "too late" or "too difficult" to make a life-altering change like this, please do yourself a favor and click play. Then take our FREE Career Evaluation and see if this is something for you. It's the first step to a better life.

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: IT jobs, IT Training, Computer Careers

USNews & World Report 25 Best Jobs

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Thu, May 31, 2012

describe the imageUSNews & World Report recently released their 25 Best Jobs list. They're ranked based on projected growth to the year 2020, average salary, predicted job prospects, and an assessment of job satisfaction. #7 on the list is Computer Systems Analyst. Because "responsibilities can include choosing and configuring hardware and software, matching technology to users' needs, monitoring and testing the system in operation, and troubleshooting problems after implementation," computer systems analysists are needed in a wide "range of industries, including science, banking and finance, healthcare, education, and manufacturing."

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 22.1 percent employment growth for computer system analysts between 2010 and 2020. During that time period, about 120,400 jobs will need to be filled. The Labor Department reports that computer system analysts made a median salary of $77,740 in 2010. The highest-paid 10 percent in the profession earned $119,070 that year, while the lowest-paid 10 percent earned $48,360. The most highly compensated positions support the mining and oil and gas extraction industries, and the highest-paying jobs can be found in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT, Las Cruces, NM, and Jacksonville, NC - about 2 hours from Raleigh.

Demand is strong and and compensation is high for computer systems analysts. MyComputerCareer has the program to get you into this field, and others - regardless of your background. Take the FREE Career Evaluation today and get yourself moving towards a better life in a new career!

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: Certifications, IT Training, Computer Careers

Bridge The Skills Gap With Our IT Training

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

There is a Skills Gap throughout the United States. Employers have plenty of job openings they can't fill and there are plenty of people unemployed, underemployed, or unsatisfied with the job they have. What's the problem?

Workforce experts call it a job-skills mismatch, according to The people who want work don't always have the skills that employers are looking for. The issue is cropping up in industries from manufacturing and health care to technology and business services.

MyComputerCareer can help you bridge the Skills Gap by providing training that leads to in-demand IT Certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA. We know which IT Certifications are most important, because we are working with IT Hiring Managers every day. They tell us - then hire our students. Do you want a stable high-paying IT Job? Take our FREE Career Evaluation and see if this is something for you. It's the first step to a better life.

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: Certifications, IT Training, Computer Careers, IT Industry News

When It Comes To Getting An IT Job, The Quick Eat The Slow

Posted by Claude Green on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

A few weeks ago when I arrived at the MyComputerCareer campus, there was already a manager from the software company upstairs waiting for me. He said he was in a panic and needed help!

It turns out he had been recently put in charge of staffing a project and needed resumes FAST! We discussed his requirements and I suggested he give me 30 minutes to put together some candidates and to come back so we could review the resumes. 

Houston CSDHe was back 30 minutes later for the resumes. About an hour after that, I saw one of our students in a suit and tie on the way upstairs to interview! WHAT!!!!  That's right!!!  They had already done phone screens and were now bringing OUR students in for interviews that day. Another hour went by and ANOTHER student showed up in, you guessed it, suit and tie. Not long after that, he came running into MyComputerCareer to announce he was offered the job!!! This student, not yet graduated, started his new IT job the following Monday at $50K in a full-time permanent position providing software support!!!

Not only do we help our students learn the IT skills hiring managers need, we literally put their resumes in the hands of the people hiring. Isn't that awesome???

My Computer Career

Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: IT Training, Computer Careers, Success Stories

Why Online-Only IT Career Training Programs Don't Work

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Mon, Apr 09, 2012

Online-Only Courses Don't WorkProspective career changers and IT professionals looking to gain key IT certifications will find online-only computer training programs tempting. Costs are often attractive and occasional add-ons like instructor support through email or chat create a sense reassurance that you will have the assistance you need to achieve your goal.

While a few students who are highly self-motivated and have previous IT training or experience can be successful with this type of program, most simply will not. Here's why:

1. Lack of structure and accountability - Self-paced learning programs often fail because the student has little or no external incentive to stay on pace. Even if you do complete the program, it will likely take you longer simply because you have that option; and life will get in the way. Since time is money, the added time it takes to reach your goal--if you ever do--will cost you dearly.

On the other hand: Structured, instructor-led, classroom training "forces" you to stay on schedule, provides peer and instructor support on a daily basis, and gives you the accountability and incentive you need to override life's distractions and stay on pace --especially in a program that's intensive and condensed.

2. Quality of Instruction - Would you rather gain your training from a seasoned IT Professional in the classroom who is your mentor, advocate, and friend, or from a "nameless" support agent sitting in a service center fielding questions from, possibly, dozens of students at once?

MyComputerCareer instructors are expert IT pros with years of on the job experience. Their insights are invaluable to actually being able to apply what you learn in class, on the job.



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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: Certifications, IT Training

Dare to Compare: Online Computer Training And Classroom Environments

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Mon, Apr 09, 2012

“With all the books and online training programs out there, why should I bother coming to class with a real instructor?”  Good question!Instructor-led IT training nets better results

It’s true!  Technology has changed the world of education.  Computer-based learning has become very popular.  Working adults, trying to find ways to balance life and school, find online classes more flexible, and for schools they’re less expensive than filling a classroom.  The fact is, there are enough tools out there, both online and off, that you could virtually educate yourself on any subject you choose!  As a result, courses led in the traditional classroom setting have begun to dwindle.

But which method actually works better? Which student is more likely to succeed? Are online computer training programs truly easier and more affordable?

In an article published by The US Department of Education in 2010 the research of over 50 different studies was combined in order to finally prove which is more effective—not just more popular or convenient.  What they found was that retention was improved by a whopping 35% when both methods of teaching were employed in a class instead of just one or the other.

35%!  When it comes to the best way to earn IT certifications, that’s the edge that could make all the difference. But there’s more than just an increase in knowledge retention. Instructor-led training excels in actual skill development. Learning about a subject, like computers, is one thing. Applying that knowledge in real world situations is quite another.

Online computer training is appealing because it can be self-paced and there’s no peer pressure or public performance requirement. But that’s also its greatest weakness when it comes to quickly developing meaningful, marketable skills.  Can a computer look you in the eye and make sure you’re getting the key points?  Can it help you set goals and make study plans?  Can it tell you what working in the I.T. field is really like?  Honestly, without the hands-on support, accountability, and encouragement you get from a live, caring instructor, most people simply cannot stick with a career-change program long enough to actually make the change!

Are classrooms different?  Yes!  You’re involved, and you’re not alone.  Learning is easy when it’s part of a live discussion, or a hands-on lab with your peers.  That’s why continues to use the best of both worlds for optimal learning and skill development.  MCC instructors are handpicked I.T. professionals with extensive real life experience. So they can provide the kind of personal guidance that you simply can’t get from a book.  And class schedules are easily manageable for even the busiest of students—so you get the best of both worlds!

In the end, it’s the effort that you put into it that makes the biggest difference to what you’ll get out of your education investment.  But we make sure that you have all the tools and hands-on help that you’ll need to succeed, to make sure you get your extra 35% and much, much more.

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: Certifications, IT Training

Back to School: Learn to Earn @

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Tue, Aug 10, 2010

Back to School Advice for Parents From

Back to schoolIt's back to school time. Students everywhere (and their parents) are stalking the shelves for study supplies, designer jeans, and the appropriate name brand back packs, lunchpails, and other accoutrements they need to win the approval, not only of their teachers, but more importantly, their friends and peers. It's a time-honored ritual and seasonal marketing bonanza that provides a nice jolt of economic activity to jump start the hopefully, hot 4th quarter retail season.

But while you're trekking the aisles of your local Wal Mart wondering how you're going to pay for all this back to school baggage if some of the "economic stimulus" doesn't trickle down to your house pretty soon, consider this....

Maybe YOU should be heading back to school, too!

It's an uncontested fact that there's a high correlation between education and income. In general, the more formal education you have--the more credentials and degrees--the higher salary you're likely to command. From a pragmatic standpoint, knowledge IS power--EARNING power; the more you learn, the more you earn.

In no field is this more true than in the computer industry. Because there's a high premium on specific technical knowledge and skills like programming, network administration, or database management, subject matter experts in these and other areas can do very well professionally and financially, thank you very much. And EVERY organization relies on computers so IT professionals are always in demand. All you need are the appropriate credentials, some demonstrable experience, and access to the IT job market.

Here's the best news of all: It doesn't take a 4-year college degree to gain the skills you'll need for a high-paying job in Information Technology. At, you can obtain both the technical skills and IT industry certifications from Microsoft and others that will take you a long, long way in your career. And you can do it in as little as three short months with classes just two nights a week!

But that's not all. Due to an intensive hands-on training protocol,  you'll achieve a higher level of competence and skill than in any more protracted program we know of. You'll gain real experience that will serve you in the interview and on the job. AND we'll help find you a job! 

In other words, in a few short months, you could be well on your way to higher earnings, a more challenging, satisfying career, and a way to step up your kids' fashion labels (not to mention your own) from "Made in China" to "Calvin Klein." They'll love you for it!

My Computer Career

Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: IT jobs, IT Training, Computer Careers

Earn 1750% On Your IT Training Investment in Year One

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Fri, Jul 09, 2010

IT or Computer ProfessionalDespite temporary setbacks in the economy, Information Technology continues to be a solid career choice for those already in the field or those migrating from other, more depressed industries. Yeah, there’s some chatter online and among I.T. professionals about whether I.T. is a good career choice right now in the run-down economy. Some inside the industry don’t want to see more competition for jobs so they discourage “outsiders” with any bad news they find about layoffs, outsourcing and the like. And that's too bad.  

If you step back from the underbrush and take a look at the forest, the computer industry or Information Technology stands tall and straight among it's withered peers. In a national and global economy that has shrunken or is growing only anemically—especially in the domain of jobs—I.T. is one of only 2 or 3 sectors predicting significant growth over the next several years. So why wouldn’t you position yourself for one of these few growth categories? 

Face it: I.T. is where it’s A.T. Computers and information have become the engine of the global economy in the new millennium. Driven by dynamic and almost daily innovations both at the consumer and commercial levels, there is no visible end to this voracious demand for technology. Every enterprise, and yes, every individual increasingly relies on computer technology in all its variety and will for the foreseeable future. This industry affects all others in a way that is perhaps unparalleled in human history. Computers own! And those who control them control the world! MUAHAHAHA! 

Ok, that may sound a little maniacal but on a rational level, it’s absolutely true. So if you’re changing careers, where do you want to be--a growing industry or a declining one? And what is it worth to you to be there? 

Pathways to an I.T. CareerIT professionals earn more

Every choice in life, every fork in the road, every benefit to be gained has its price. A computer career is no exception. So a thorough examination of the value proposition of this “purchase,” like any major decision is a must. 

The average income for an I.T. professional in the U.S. is currently about $82,000 per year. Robert Half & Associates, a major recruiting and staffing firm for the industry recently published a salary guide for I.T. professionals and here is just a small sampling of job titles that provide that kind of earning potential in 2010 according to them:

In Networking/Telecommunications                       Salary Range

  • Network Manager                                 $75,750 - $105,250
  • Wireless NetworkEngineer                     $73,000 - $  99,000
  • Network Administrator                          $54,500 - $  80,250
  • Telecommunications Mgr.                      $72,250 - $  97,500 

In Technical Services, Help Desk & Technical Support

  • Manager                                             $66,500 - $  92,750
  • Systems Administrator                          $51,250 - $  80,250
  • Systems Engineer                                $64,250 - $  93,250
  • Instructor/Trainer                                 $47,000 - $  74,000
  • Business Continuity Analyst                  $71,750 - $102,750 

In Application Development

  • Project Manager                                   $75,000 - $111,500
  • Systems Analyst                                  $62,250 - $  92,250
  • Developer/Programmer Analyst              $57,000 - $  99,250 

In Database Administration

  • Database Administrator                        $72,750 - $107,000
  • Data Analyst/Reprot Writer                   $56,500 - $  83,250
  • Business Intelligence Analyst                $79,250 - $110,000 

In Internet & E-commerce

  1. Web Developer                                    $57,500 - $ 88,000
  2. Electronic Data Interchange Specialist     $61,500 - $ 87,250
  3. E-Commerce Analyst                             $66,750 - $ 96,250 

The certification training at qualifies students, from a technical standpoint, for many of these positions and countless others that pay as much or more. While additional soft skills and experience will be helpful and may be required in some cases, graduates can expect to compete for many of these high-paying, mid-level jobs within a few years or even months after graduation. 

So what is a fair investment for a career that will pay you $75,000 per year or more for many years to come? A BS degree from a typical state university or college will easily cost $50,000 or more in tuition (to say nothing of books and fees). For a private University, expect to double or triple that sum. And the earning potential in most fields will be no better even with the "branded" degree.

But let's say you could get your education for less--just $25K or so.  At that price, you will triple your investment the very first year you reach average compensation! That's a 300% return in just one year! Unheard of in the financial sector--or with most college degrees. And every year you earn at that level and beyond, your profits pile up exponetially.

Now, in fairness, you're not likely to make $75K your first year out (although you could!). But let's say your first permanent I.T. position paid only half that well--just $37.5K--a modest starting sum, indeed. You will have paid for your education and made 33% ROI in your very first year! That's off the charts in these days of the single-digit return! And everything after that is pure profit.

If you financed your tuition, you will have out-of-pocketed only a fraction of the tuition in the first year or so—let’s say $2,000 of it. In that case, your ROI in year 1 of your new career is 1750%. That's bordering on the insane! And you deserve it!

Even if you financed your training for a minimum term at a moderately high interest rate, you'll easily pay it off with earnings of about $3 an hour. However you run the numbers, investing in an I.T. career is bound to pay YOU in spades. The industry keeps growing as the economy improves. Jobs are plentiful and pay levels for comparable training and experience consistently outperform most other industries. Today, the I.T. career value proposition is excellent. But it stands to get even better in the months and years ahead. So what are you waiting for? Invest in your own success. Do I.T. today!

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Tags: IT Training, Computer Careers