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2018 IT Certification Roadmap

2018 IT Certification Roadmap

January 19, 2018 in Corporate IT Training, Microsoft, Security, Cisco, EC-Council / by Sara Lamb

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading non-profit trade association that educates and informs current and future IT professionals who want to earn the right certifications. Filling the need for skilled IT workers is a top priority here at Centrq. After all, there are literally millions of unfilled IT jobs that cost the US economy a lot of money. If you are considering earning a professional IT certification, take a few moments to review this objective roadmap that CompTIA made that lays out the different certifications you can earn to qualify for a variety of jobs in the field.Read More

Uh, What Exactly Does an IT Person Do?

Uh, What Exactly Does an IT Person Do?

January 15, 2018 in IT Career Program / by Hannah Mulligan

For decades, the “computer nerd” label has been a culturally accepted stereotype, synonymous with thick-framed glasses-wearing, computer-loving, “did you try restarting it?” type of guys. This stereotype has been played out all over modern media—even The Office included an ongoing joke about season six’s unsung hero:  the IT specialist whose name was so forgettable he was referred to as “man,” “sport,” and eventually “Glasses.”

Spoiler alert: Glasses, whose name was actually Nick, ended up giving the office the finger and quitting.Read More

CES 2018 – What’s New and What to Look for

CES 2018 – What’s New and What to Look for

January 3, 2018 in Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

For a full 50 years now, people have been looking forward every year to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as it showcases the latest in innovation and technology for the consumer market. Here are a few of the emerging technologies that are creating a buzz for CES 2018:

Channel Master Stream+

For those cutting the cord from cable and satellite, there’s another option on the market – the Channel Master Stream+.Read More

Featured Systems & Security Admin Student for January 2018

Featured Systems & Security Admin Student for January 2018

January 3, 2018 in Featured Students / by Nicole Trendel

Leif Goleman

Bio

Before beginning my studies at Centriq, I graduated from Cornell College with a degree in Economics & Business in 2010. I come from a background of competition in sports, having the opportunity to play football at the collegiate level as well. I have spent the last 7 years primarily in sales and customer service, with a focus on finance. I am currently married and have a wonderful spouse that has been beside me through my career change.             Read More

Outstanding Options in Microsoft Word

Outstanding Options in Microsoft Word

January 2, 2018 in Corporate IT Training, Microsoft Office / by Craig Gerdes

If you have not spent much time reviewing the options and settings in Word, that is unfortunate because you can really customize Word to your own personal preferences and work situation.

This blog will share some examples of the things you can do with options and settings.  Perhaps these “gold nuggets” will encourage you to explore other options and settings that might be helpful to you.Read More

Featured Full Stack Web Developer Student for January 2018

Featured Full Stack Web Developer Student for January 2018

January 2, 2018 in Featured Students / by Nicole Trendel

Steven Wakefield

Bio

My name is Stephen Wakefield and I am a Software Developer. While being an office manager for three years, I was mentored by a Senior Developer in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP and MySQL. I applied what I learned by building a resource site for the company I was working for, as well as a personal portfolio site (StephenWakefield.com). I found that I have a great passion for problem solving and tinkering with code. I get satisfaction from creating code that works and turning it into more efficient code. I believe that with dedication and creativity anything is possible.                               Read More

Installing Linux on a Windows Server – And Why It’s a Good Idea

Installing Linux on a Windows Server – And Why It’s a Good Idea

December 28, 2017 in Corporate IT Training, Microsoft / by Sara Lamb

Yes, Windows is still the go-to platform for business – but there are times when sys admins, developers, webmasters, and others are going to need tools that are exclusive to Linux.

Others often find situations where they’d like to be able to use Linux features in their regular workflow, just for convenience’s sake.

Early in 2017, Microsoft announced it would add Windows Subsystem for Linux to Windows Server, allowing developers to use Linux alongside resources like CMD and PowerShell.

Windows Subsystem for Linux allows unmodified Linux binaries to run natively on Windows; thanks to WSL, it’s now possible to use nearly any Linux tool integrated into Windows.Read More

Awesome Add-ins for Word

Awesome Add-ins for Word

December 19, 2017 in Corporate IT Training, Microsoft Office / by Craig Gerdes

An add-in is a term used for a software utility added to a primary program.  In other words, add-ins are mini applications that extend what you can do with Microsoft Office programs, such as Word.  When you enable an add-in, it adds custom commands and new features that help increase your productivity.

By default, add-ins are not immediately available, so you must first install (and in some cases activate or configure) these add-ins so that you can use them.  Many of the add-ins are free from the Microsoft Store (https://store.office.com).  You may also be able to search for add-ins from third party vendors.Read More

Who Runs the World? Tech-Smart Girls.

Who Runs the World? Tech-Smart Girls.

December 15, 2017 in IT Career Program / by Hannah Mulligan

Forbes recently published the 2017 edition of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Not only is the list composed of impressive girl bosses, but is filled with powerful female tech moguls that are marking major milestones for women in IT. Despite the prominent role women play in the technology field, women are still the minority: they hold only 24% of computer science jobs (a 13% increase since 1995) and occupy about 11% of executive positions in Silicon Valley. Many of these women are on a mission to change that.

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New Jobs for Grads of Centriq IT Career Program – December 2017

New Jobs for Grads of Centriq IT Career Program – December 2017

December 14, 2017 in Alumni On the Move, IT Career Program Alumni / by Nicole Trendel

Career Program Alumni On the Move

Not only does the Centriq IT Career Program train you for IT jobs, but we also assist with IT job placements immediately after graduation and throughout your career.

The following alumni have recently changed jobs … find them on LinkedIn and congratulate them! Or, if you’re looking to make a change yourself, send them a message to see if there are any other open positions at their new company.

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