Frequently Asked Questions
Can you really learn IT or coding in just four months?
Absolutely! Over 850 hundred companies in the Kansas City area have hired our grads. And, every one of these grads learned their technology skills in just four months. How? It’s because technology is all we teach. There are no general education classes that are unrelated to your future job. Everything you learn in class you will use in your IT or coding job. Plus, our classes are hands-on. The best way to learn technology is to just do it. So you are actually practicing what you learn as you learn it. By the end your four months, you will actually be doing the exact things employers will ask you to do.
How does TechSmart KC compare to a 2 or 4 year college?
The simplest way to say it is: No history, no biology, just technology. TechSmart KC focuses exclusively on training you for the job skills required to get started in a technology career. The goal of 2-4 year schools is generally to provide a well-rounded education. That’s why traditional colleges and community colleges require that almost 50% of your classes are in “general education” - which may or may not help you advance your career goals. By teaching only the technology job skills you need, Centriq is able to “accelerate” your education time frame and ensure that the technology you are learning is not outdated.
Are there opportunities for women in IT?
While IT has traditionally been viewed as a male dominated field, the reality is that the landscape is rapidly changing. The career opportunities for women in IT have never been greater – especially in Kansas City. In fact, a recent study by SmartAsset.com ranked Kansas City as the 2nd best city for women in IT. One-third of all IT professionals in Kansas City are females and females in KC on average earn 106% of what men do. Add to that the great support organizations in Kansas City such as Kansas City Women in IT and you’ve got a great place for women to start a new career in IT.
Do you need a degree for IT?
In today’s economy where the demand for skilled IT workers significantly exceeds the supply of qualified candidates, most employers are more interested in whether or not you can do the job than whether you have a degree. According to recent Census data, only 38% of web developers have a four year degree. In a survey of 2400 CIO’s by Robert Half Technology, 71% said they place more emphasis on “skills and experience than on whether or not a candidate attended college/university”. While there are still some companies and some positions that require a degree, the vast majority of job opportunities do not. These opportunities are being filled with individuals with the right technology job skills.
Can I learn all these technologies if I have no IT experience?
That is truly on of our most frequently asked questions and the answer is unequivocally “Yes you can”! Centriq’s TechSmart KC program was designed specifically for individuals with little or no technology experience. In fact, over 90% of our students have no technology experience at all. That’s why we've developed a hands-on methodology that builds each week on the skills you learned the previous week. By actually doing the technology you are reinforcing what you learn throughout the program. At the end of the program you are a skilled IT professional or developer ready to contribute in your new job.
How does Centriq decide which technologies to teach?
Unlike traditional schools which are unable to modify their curriculum easily or quickly, we continually look to update our programs. Our goal is to ensure our students are trained on the most up-to-date technology skills that companies are looking to hire. How do we determine this? We talk with the experienced IT professionals that train with our Corporate Division, we ask our employers which skills and technologies they anticipate utilizing, we ask our alumni for feedback on the technologies in their workplace, we talk with recruiters looking to hire IT professionals about the skill sets they need and we study the skill sets listed on all the job boards.
How do I know which type of technology is right for me?
Generally technology is divided into either coding or networking. Coders write software for websites and different types of apps
(or applications). Networking IT professionals are more involved with the set up and operation of the computer systems (networks) and devices that manage a company’s entire operation. The skill sets for the two areas are completely different. Centriq offers a unique proprietary assessment – based on assessments of actual IT professionals and coders – that helps determine which area is right for you.
What is the graduation rate at Centriq?
Approximately 95% of all students that begin the program actually complete it. When someone doesn’t complete the program, it is generally due to personal reasons such as a family emergency, illness or a spouse is transferred. One of the main reasons for our graduation success rate is the accelerated four month time frame. Another reason is Centriq’s committed instructor staff and Student Services support. Because of our 12:1 student teacher ratio, we work closely to make sure our students progress throughout the track. We try to identify any potential issues and work through them promptly.
What is the Application process?
The first step is a quick telephone call with our Sr. Education Advisor to answer any other questions you may have. That call is followed up by an onsite interview. As part of the interview, you will take the Aptitude Assessment to help determine which area of technology is right for you. After the interview and tour of the facility you can submit your application. The application process can be finalized and your seat in the next session reserved in a matter of days.
How long does it take for the loan to get approved?
Many loans are approved within 24 hours. Other times the lender may require additional information. In this case the approval may take up to a week. Our Sr. Education Consultant, however, is available to assist you by answering any questions you may have and making suggestions.
Is there an online option?
No, not for our TechSmart KC program. While there are many online options available in the market today, Centriq believes that the best way for someone with no experience to learn IT is in a live environment with an instructor and other students in the room. Learning real world technology job skills is not about reading this and writing that. Acquiring entry-level technology job skills in four months requires a structured format that encourages hands-on experience. This hands on experience embraces failure as you learn to solve real world problems and think like an IT professional. Over 750 companies in Kansas City have hired our grads because they know they have the actual IT job skills – learned in a live environment.
Is there an option for someone working full time days?
Yes. Centriq also offers an evening only option. Evening classes meet from 6:00-10:00pm Monday-Thursday. Because of the shorter hours, the evening program takes approximately eight months.
What is a Gold Microsoft Learning Partner?
It is in the best interests of Microsoft that IT professionals are well trained in the implementation and utilization of Microsoft software and other products. To train these IT professionals and developers, Microsoft partners with IT training companies around the world. The top Microsoft IT training partners are recognized as Gold Microsoft Learning Partners. This designation is based on both the quantity and quality of training. (The quality of training is based on post-training evaluations completed by the students). As a Gold Microsoft Learning Partner, Centriq is recognized by Microsoft as one of the leading IT training companies in the world. Centriq is the only Gold Microsoft Learning Partner based in Kansas City.
Does Centriq offer corporate IT training?
Yes. Centriq has been the leading corporate IT training company in Kansas City since 1989. Last year Centriq trained over 3000 experienced IT professionals from over 500 different companies.
Are Centriq's programs approved by the State of Kansas?
Yes. Like all "proprietary" or "private post-secondary" schools, Centriq is required to seek annual approval to operate its programs. Every year (since 2006) Centriq has completed a comprehensive application with the Kansas Board of Regents - Private Post Secondary Division. The application addresses all aspects of the school and its programs, including instructor staff, curriculum, facilities, history, placement success and financial resources of the school.