Computer Training Resources – A Brief Overview
Advances in computer technology has created an increased need for Information Technology (IT) specialists: persons trained to handle all problems computer related. As technology advances, the overwhelming need for more advanced computer training has progressed at an equally fast pace. It would seem that on a daily basis, a new advancement has been made.
Whether you are just beginning your IT career or simply desiring to upgrade your computer training, there are many options available. A Google search for computer training will return several options. This is a brief overview of a few typical and atypical computer training resources.
Information Technology (IT) Boot Camp. In recent years IT Boot Camps have become increasingly popular. The appeal of this training style is the hands-on environment, and the relatively short amount of time required to complete: ranging from one day to one month in length. These IT Boot Camps concentrate on one particular computer discipline and don’t deviate, thereby emphasizing the one topic without disrupting the students thought process. Selecting the appropriate IT Boot Camp is dependent upon which computer discipline you desire. These computer training courses are intense, and chock full of opportunities for personal enrichment. The classes are taught and overseen by trained IT professionals whose sole purpose is to instruct and assist the student in achieving their goals. Most even go so far as to guarantee certification at the end. If traveling to a site for an IT Boot Camp is not practical, there are yet still more options available.
If time constraints are a factor in deciding which way to go, online may be the appropriate answer. There are numerous web sites and institutions dedicated to helping you meet your goal, at your pace. The typical online training site offers instructor student interaction through email or live chat. The student typically logs in to a secure server with a userID and password. Progress, and test results as well as other student records are maintained on their secure server. This method allows the student to complete a given computer training course to save their work and complete the course at their own pace. In addition, accredited online programs are eligible for government grants. For military members, certain programs of study are eligible for reimbursement through the Montgomery GI Bill.
Formal school training is available for those interested in obtaining a degree; be it an Associates, Bachelors, or Masters Degree. Many colleges offer computer training or IT degrees. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) stands out as one of the preeminent schools dedicated to IT. Of course not everyone will be accepted for enrollment at MIT. Another popular avenue of approach has been ITT Tech. Similar to other schools for computer training, ITT Tech offers job placement assistance upon successful graduation.
If you are recently graduated from high school and your options are limited for whatever reasons, there is at least one more option available. This option would be to obtain your desired computer training courtesy of the US Armed Forces. The military boasts computer training that is in many ways superior and no less than equivalent to top colleges and universities. Through service in the military, numerous opportunities for computer training abound. Experience and training in exchange for service to your country.