MyComputerCareer.com IT Training Newswire

MyComputerCareer Career Services Rocks - Persistence Pays!

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Tue, Feb 07, 2012

Claude Green, Houston CSDHouston Campus - Career Services Director, Claude Green:

I had a meeting yesterday with Harry B. and Calvin S. with E** Staffing.  Harry is the owner and Calvin is the IT guru.  We met to talk about IT job opportunities in the Houston area.

Of course IT candidates will not be a problem as MyCC will be providing them with a stream of skilled and certified candidates as the job orders start pouring in.  They also have an office in Dallas so there should be some opportunities for our Dallas campus as well.

I have been working with B*** Staffing for over a year now and it took that long for us to finally get a student placed with them.  Once that happened we were able to place a second student with them almost immediately. They gave me two job orders today, one with an energy company and one with an oil and gas company and pleaded with me to help them fill both positions.  No problem!!

Over a year ago I decided to cold call companies in our building to see if there was a need for IT candidates.  I came across a company called Mob*** and met with the IT Director.  They develop software for oil and gas companies and do a lot of work for EXXON.  I stayed with it and continued sending them resumes from time to time over the last 10 months and I finally got another bite.  They are now looking for a software analyst, someone to provide support for the software they develop.  They have interviewed a couple more of our students this week and should be making a decision on Monday as to who they wish to hire.

Todd Mankin, Dallas CSDDallas Campus - Career Services Director, Todd Mankin

This week was a productive one for me as I spent a bit more time out seeing clients and drumming up new business. I didn’t get as many job orders as I would have liked to but had a few meetings that I think are going to pay off handsomely in the coming months.

C*** interviewed four students this week and are going to make an offer to at least one of them on Monday or Tuesday of next week. They have three positions open and we are hoping that MyCC students are chosen for all of them.  I expect there are other ways for MyCC and [the company] to partner very soon. Thanks Autumn!

V*** interviewed Jim M. this week and the interview went very well. Jim told me that the manager gave him the story about how I placed him as a NOC Tech there 12 years ago. Jim said that 3 of the 4 managers and employees that he met told him that I placed them there when I was recruiting. I found that amusing and humbling at the same time. I am really hoping that Jim gets in the door and helps champion our students in. This could be a huge break!

This week E. M. interviewed with [two companies]. He is torn at this point because [one] really liked him and may make him an offer, but [the other] has already made him an offer and he has accepted it. I told him that either way he is in a great position. Two excellent job opportunities in the same week! Exciting for him.

Shareefah Dickens, Raleigh CSDRaleigh Campus - Career Services Director, Shareefah Dickens

Week 5 of 2012

The Raleigh campus has had to make a few adjustments this week to accommodate students.  We had the cover-letter and interview workshop this week.  With the large class that recently started, I have decided to have workshops on Monday and Tuesday to split the class.  The new class actually has a good amount of people on campus on Tuesday.  They were driving from up to 2 hours away to get to class!

My goal this week was to make sure H** were on board with hiring the three students they extended offers to last year.  I took doughnuts over to their office and decided to ask the manager out to lunch on the spot.  Well it just so happen she was available.  We discussed why the process was moving so slow and she advised me to let the students know she would do everything in her power to speed things up.  Well, Bobby S., Douglas H., and Emir D. received their offer letters yesterday and will start on Monday 2-6-11.  They are all really excited because this will be their first opportunity to work onsite as Helpdesk Technicians. 

I met with [my contact] over at M*** to discuss how we can continue our partnership.  The company has really expanded in this area and she is a great contact for Raleigh. She is open to participating in campus activities and helping to market our students.

Success Story:  Jeff C. took an entry level IT position at IBM over 6 months ago to stay in the field while he completed his certifications. He was offered a position with [a new company] making 19.00/hr which was an upgrade from his IBM position.  He was not hesitant at all to start this position.  He walked in the door on Tuesday.  Chris Mullan helped to make this happen and plans to get more of our students upgraded to this from the IBM contracts.

Bruce W. and Jeffrey L. are now confirmed to start with C*** on Monday as Technical Support Engineers. Until next week.

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

Tags: Career Services Updates, Success Stories

MyComputerCareer Now Nationaly Accredited Through ACCET

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Wed, Sep 21, 2011

MyComputerCareer.com recently gained academic accreditation through ACCET, the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. This is a significant milestone in the growth and development of the institution.

ACCET Accredited Accreditation is important to any school but particularly so, to private schools like MyComputerCareer. It certifies to the public that the institution meets or exceeds reasonable standards of academic excellence, ethics and value, and delivers on its promises. Every aspect of the institution is thoroughly examined from its financial structure and pricing to admissions policies; advertising claims to academic performance and job placement results. Interestingly, accreditation standards for private schools are significantly higher than for public colleges and universities. Accreditation is also a prerequisite for federal loans and loan guarantees like those offered through Title IV and the GI Bill.

Accreditation board members from ACCET consisting of representatives from peer institutions visited the MyComputerCareer campuses earlier this year to evaluate the school against the rigorous professional standards set by the Council. ACCET is recognized by the US Department of Education as an official accrediting body. On September 1, 2011, MyComputerCareer.com was officially awarded the long sought-for accreditation. 

“This has been a personal goal of mine and of our school ever since we opened our doors in 2008,” said Tony Galati, the school’s founder and President. “We have continually sought to improve our programs and practices to deliver the highest quality experience and best results for our students. For us, that means successful transition into the IT (Information Technology) profession. This [accreditation] just validates our efforts.”

“We’re extremely excited about the options this will open up for our students," Mr. Galati said. “It means the outstanding career opportunities offered in the computer industry and the lifestyle that represents will be open to more students—whether they’re fresh out of high school, changing careers at mid-life, or already in IT and upgrading their skills. That’s what it’s all about.”

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Hard Work and Passion land Adrian Vincent a new IT Career

Posted by Bill Sallada on Mon, Aug 15, 2011

This update comes to us from Claude Green, the Career Services Director at the Houston MyComputerCareer Campus.  Claude wanted to highlight Adrian Vincent this week because Adrian applied for a position along with other candidates who were more experienced, but he landed the job because he impressed the employer with his hard work and passion for doing the job right.


"This week I wanted to highlight Adrian Vincent.  Adrian was working on a project with Capital One that ended last Friday.  He had been there for a few months supporting a migration.  He called me to tell me the project was ending and he needed to find additional employment quickly.  I sent his resume over to C3 Solutions and Adrian was called in for an aptitude test and then called back two days later for an in-person interview.  The hiring manager told Adrian that he had interviewed candidates with twice as much experience but half the passion.  Adrian convinced the hiring manager to give him a shot.  Adrian told him if after 30 days he couldn’t cut it then they would part ways.  Adrian started work the very next day.  At the end of the day the hiring manager gave Adrian a key to the building and said I liked everything I saw from you today and you asked all the right questions .…so welcome aboard!!!"

Prior to coming to MyComputerCareer.com, Adrian had worked in construction for 20 years.  He had aspirations to get into the IT industry, and we were able to help him realize meet those goals at MyComputerCareer.com.  Adrian is also an aspiring golfer.  Sadly, we were unable to help him with that dream, but at least we helped him get started in the IT industry.

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

Tags: Career Services Updates, News Houston, Success Stories

MyComputerCareer.com student Phil Smeby shares his success story

Posted by Bill Sallada on Thu, Jul 21, 2011

A few weeks ago, out of the blue, Phil Smeby responded to a routine follow-up email from the Career Services Department in Raleigh.  He also included, as an after thought, a written account of his experiences at the school in case we might want to add it to our website.    

Are you kidding Phil?  Of course we'd love to add it to the site.  Phil is a great student and we glad to have been able to help him begin to acheive his goals in life.   Without further ado, here's Phil's uncut, unedited testimonial that he emailed to us:

"My name is Phil Smeby, and I am an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran. After being away from my family for approximately three years, my wife and I decided that I needed to leave the military. With an economy that is still in recovery I soon found myself unemployed and looking for work. The trouble that I had was that even though I was qualified for the jobs I was applying for, I found it extremely difficult to get a call back from the hiring manager, yet alone get an interview. I went through a couple of months where I did not get a single call back from anywhere I had applied, and I realized that I needed to head back to school to get some tangible skills that I could use to market myself in today’s competitive job market.

I had just gotten accepted into a different school when I decided to attend an open house meeting at MyComputerCareer.com with a family member. The first thing that stood out to me was the enthusiasm by everyone on the MyComputerCareer.com staff. After the open house meeting, I decided that my other school would have to wait, and that I would attend MyComputerCareer.com as it is designed to help people who are seeking a career change.

I started a week later on February 19, 2011, and after five weeks I received my first Microsoft certification. One of my greatest memories of MyComputerCareer.com is taking my first certification test and passing it. I now had something tangible from my education at MyComputerCareer.com. After another five weeks I was able to take another Microsoft test, however, I did not pass it on the first attempt. Nevertheless, because MyComputerCareer.com has a “test pass guarantee” I was able to take the certification test again, and I was able to easily pass. Eleven weeks into the school, I was now eligible to work with career services.

The Career services department with MyComputerCareer.com is phenomenal. They work with your individual circumstances to help you land a job whether you are an IT guru or an IT newcomer like myself. After I finished my mock interview with career services they immediately sent out my résumé to various companies. The very next day I woke up to my cell phone ringing from one of the companies that had received my résumé, where I answered some simple IT questions and scheduled an interview. Immediately afterward I got a phone call from career services telling me that they had sent out my résumé, and I should be receiving a call from this company. I was so excited to inform my career services counselor that I had already talked with them and scheduled an interview. Every day I was getting a call from various companies wanting to interview me for work in the IT field.

Career services doesn’t stop with helping you get your résumé into the hands of potential employers, they also spend a great deal of time helping you learn how to be proactive in your job search. This approach gives you much more control over where you could potentially work, and working together with your career services counselor ensures a higher chance of success.

Using the tools given to me by career services, I used a contact I had to help me get an interview with a company called Clairvia. I was contacted by the hiring manager of Clairvia the next morning and scheduled an interview that week. The interview was conducted by three different managers and lasted the whole morning; however, I was offered a job right on the spot, which I gladly accepted. It took me a week and a half of working with career services to secure my dream job. I immediately called career services, and they helped me cancel my remaining interviews.

MyComputerCareer.com definitely gave me the skills I needed to enter a new career field, and I look forward to completing the advanced courses at MyComputerCareer.com. It is clear that the instructors, Bob, Charles, and John have a passion for IT, and they truly go far beyond what is required of them to make sure that you feel comfortable with the course materials. When I told Bob that Clairvia needed someone with SQL database experience, he offered to setup a workshop on SQL for me to ensure my success. He offered the same to all the other students. I have not yet seen an instructor who cared so much for the success of his students. While the course material at MyComputerCareer.com is geared to help you pass the certifications, Bob will constantly drill into your minds how everything works in the “real world”.

The difference in my life since working at Clairvia has been dramatic. While I cannot claim to make a six digit salary, neither do I expect to, my wife has been able to quit her job to stay at home with our two children. We are also currently purchasing our first home, 2700 square feet with five bedrooms, which is a huge improvement over our current two bedroom apartment. Best of all, we are no longer living paycheck to paycheck. I have accomplished all this in just 14 weeks, and with the advanced courses that I have just started, I now feel in control of my career and my life.

I would definitely recommend MyComputerCareer.com to anyone who is serious about a career change into IT. The course work is designed to get you into a job as soon as possible, which is what makes MyComputerCareer.com different from a local community college or university. However, it is once you get your first job where the program really shows its strength because you can use your work experience combined with the education of MyComputerCareer.com to put yourself on track to enter senior positions in the IT world."

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

Tags: IT jobs, Success Stories

Rachel Jett Rockets to IT Career Success

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Thu, Jul 07, 2011

Rachel Jett, a MyComputerCareer student in Raleigh attended two other schools, one public and one private, before coming to MyComputerCareer.com for her IT certifications. After a year of spinning her wheels (or idling her engines) she attained several certifications and got her first IT job complete with a 50% pay raise, in less than 3 months at MyComputerCareer. Here's the REST of the story...

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

Tags: Success Stories

MyComputerCareer IT Jobs: A day in the week

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Mon, Feb 21, 2011

Here's an example of a weekly report from one of our Career Services Directors reporting on students getting IT jobs. It clearly illustrates the success stories that happen for career changers when they follow the MyComputerCareer program and believe in themselves. Congratulations to those mentioned below and all students at MyComputerCareer that are working hard and achieving their career goals!

Report from Chris Mullen, Career Services Director, Raleigh campus:

As I signed off last week, I mentioned: “Career Services has high hopes for next week – it could be a big one!!!”  I felt good going into the week, but had no idea just how big of a week it would really be – and it all started on Monday.  Literally every day this week I had at least one student come to tell me they had landed a position

David S. landed over at IBM just 2 months into the (MyComputer Career) program – he was formerly a bus boy for an Olive Garden.  He walked into campus at around 6:10 on Monday evening smiling from ear to ear – “Thank you so much,” he said.  “My Grandfather actually told me he was proud of me.”  Talk about great stuff!!  This is the first step of big things to come for him and I am just really excited to be a part of it. 

IBM Logo

Another big time success was that of Jess N.  Jess came to me about a month ago to finalize the mock interview so he could get moving with finding a new opportunity.  Two weeks into the process, he came to me frustrated, telling me he was getting calls but wasn’t moving forward with anything.  His reason:  lack of experience.  He had come from an automotive mechanic background, and his thought was if I don’t have the experience, I won’t be considered for the position.  I told him – they have your resume in hand and know what skills you bring to the table.  Why would they be calling if they didn’t have interest??  The power of positive thinking goes a long way and this all made sense to Jess.  The very next day, he got a call for an IT support role that didn’t pan out, but he thought he really did well explaining what skills he had that would translate. 

The following Monday, I got his resume over to Joel, one of my contacts with The Select Group, for a position that they were working on.  Joel immediately fell in love with Jess’s attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to be successful in IT and promptly submitted him to another client of his – Quintiles – where Jess interviewed and got the job. 

He came in to discuss the new position with me and his excitement about the role.  He thanked me, but I told him to thank himself – without his positive approach, he would have never even gotten an opportunity to move forward.  The same can be said for most of our students.  If you have a positive outlook on everything, good things will come, and in this case, everything worked out for Jess, as he sees Quintiles as a potential home for him.  I am really excited for Jess!!! 

Quintiles logo

Plenty of interviews are still pending and we have another student that is on the brink of getting his “fly out date” for Afghanistan – more to come…

My Computer Career

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

Tags: IT jobs, Career Services Updates, Success Stories

MyComputerCareer Grad Goes from $9/hr. to $120K/yr

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Wed, Feb 09, 2011

Meet Jason Pratt, a recent MyComputerCareer graduate who was making $9 per hour at a grocery store after five years, and who recently accepted a post with ITT Tech on a contract for $120,000! Get his story here!

Jason earned six of the eight IT certifications available to him through his IT Career Program at MyComputerCareer. They include the A+, MCDST (Desktop Support), MCTS for Windows 7, MCITP Server Administrator, Net+ from CompTIA and the MCP. His life is forever changed as a result of his 6-months of training at MyComputerCareer.com!

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

Tags: IT jobs, Computer Careers, Success Stories

MyComputerCareer.com Success Story: Christopher Jones

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Wed, Aug 04, 2010

Chris Jones talks about his experience with MyComputerCareer.com.

Chris shares his thoughts about the quality of instruction at MyComputerCareer.com, how Career Services helped him find an IT job, the value of his IT certifications, and his future expectations as an IT or computer professional.

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

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VIDEO: MyComputerCareer Student Talks About IT Training & Career

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Sat, Jun 26, 2010

Warren McNeill is a recent graduate from MyComputerCareer.com. He attended classes from September '09 to March '10. Warren is now (Jun '10) several months into a successful IT career in network and desktop support.

 

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

Tags: IT jobs, Success Stories

Raleigh IT Jobs Update: 28 May 2010

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Fri, May 28, 2010

 

Rob S. will be at IBM for at least the next 2 months-his first IT contract EVER! 

Chris H. accepted a contract to hire position through Modis at HCL America-his first full time IT JOB!!!!

Jorge M. will be joining a bi-lingual IBM help desk!  This will really help him to distance himself from the manufacturing IT positions he's had in the past!

Job Offers Accepted this Month: 11

I have been playing phone tag with 3 other students that have landed IT jobs on their own.....Chris W., Jason P. & Wayne B!  As soon as I have their info.....I'll be announcing 3 MORE JOB OFFERS ACCEPTED FOR JUNE!!!! 

27 out of 27 students from the April 2010 class attended last night's Job Search Expert Workshop!  This is my favorite workshop because every single student walks away with specific goals to help them define their personal job search.  I also open their eyes on the value of Quality Submittals vs. Quantity of Submittals.  By doing research and spending some extra time, a job seeker can make themselves stand-out above the crowd which is an absolute necessity in today's job market!

Amy Onuska, Career Services Director, Raleigh Campus 

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

Tags: Career Services Updates, Success Stories