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From Average Joe to IT Pro

From Average Joe to IT Pro

May 24, 2019 in IT Career Program / by Hannah Mulligan

Hey! I’m Joe. I’m a graduate of Centriq’s Systems & Security Administration program.

Before I went through Centriq’s program, I was a struggling college student with no clear vision or goal for my career. I remember feeling lost, disconnected and confused. I was a rockstar in my technology classes, but I didn’t do well in other unrelated courses. I heard about Centriq’s 4-month IT Career Program on the radio and quickly set a time to meet with Russ.  I remember feeling so good about how sincere and real the staff was. That feeling was so refreshing after years of “just being a student who paid tuition,” (which is how I felt as a college student).

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Featured STL Networking Student for May 2019

Featured STL Networking Student for May 2019

May 17, 2019 in Featured Students / by Christina Parker

Ryan Ortbals

Bio

I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where I received my Bachelor’s in General Studies.  After college I got a job working at Civil Design, Inc., a small civil engineering firm in St. Louis, where I worked for thirteen plus years as a Water Resource Tech and Land Surveyor. I worked a lot of rewarding projects during my time as a Land Surveyor. Some as small as locating property corners for a single home to as big as total bridge replacement over the Mississippi.  My most memorable experience I had as a surveyor was finding a property corner stone set in 1865.

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Understanding Amazon Web Services Role-Based Certs and Learning Paths

Understanding Amazon Web Services Role-Based Certs and Learning Paths

May 15, 2019 in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Corporate IT Training / by Hannah Mulligan

Cloud computing is a key component in the Digital Transformation, and companies are working tirelessly to move their business to the Cloud. In response, Amazon Web Services (AWS) updated their instructor-led training courses for both business and technical users. Now, Amazon offers “learning paths” to help build a user’s cloud-computing skills and to accelerate their transition to the Cloud.

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Featured Networking Student for May 2019

Featured Networking Student for May 2019

May 10, 2019 in Featured Students / by Dayna Schroeder

Aaron Dawson


Bio

After graduating high school, I went to Missouri State University with the intent of majoring in IT but somehow ended up on the pre-medicine track. When I could no longer afford that, I worked in retail, customer service and warehouses. Unchallenged and unpassionate, I decided to re-spark old interests and found my purpose in IT. That’s what led me to Centriq. Now I’m having the time of my life and couldn’t be happier!

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Featured Developer Student for May 2019

Featured Developer Student for May 2019

May 3, 2019 in Featured Students / by Dayna Schroeder

JERRY CROW

BIO

My name is Jerry Crow.  As a kid, I always loved building things with Legos.  I was able to take that love and passion and transfer it into computers.  I remember my first programming course and the feeling of being so lost.  I got a “C” in the class, but I was hooked. The teacher was shocked to see me back for the next course, but I was determined and got an “A.” I graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Computer Information Systems.  I have been working in IT for 22 years.  I spent most of those years building Windows-based programs in Visual Basic.  The last seven of those years, I primarily used Java to build client specific projects and a reporting environment to interface with company products.  The company was purchased by another firm, and I received the opportunity to train at Centriq.

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Featured STL Developer Student for April 2019

Featured STL Developer Student for April 2019

April 19, 2019 in Featured Students / by Christina Parker

ASHLEY DEPUNG

 

Bio

I’ve spent most of my professional life in the retail industry before finding a comfortable job as an Admin Assistant. While in that position my passion for technology came into full view. In both my personal and professional life people were coming to me for help with different technology problems, I enjoyed solving and learning from each one. It wasn’t easy but I knew I needed to follow this passion. So I decided to go all in. I found Centriq, quit my comfortable job, and fully immersed myself into the program. It feels a lot like free falling, but I soak up every bit of information I can along the way.

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Featured Networking Student for April 2019

Featured Networking Student for April 2019

April 12, 2019 in Featured Students / by Dayna Schroeder

Johnny Vitale


Bio

Hello, my name is Johnny Vitale. I’ve been working at Jack Stack BBQ (one of the most successful restaurants in KC) for almost 5 years now. Before that, I did an array of labor-intensive jobs like farming and laying tile. After being President of FBLA and Student Council President of my high school I thought I had my whole life figured out with college and becoming a leader in the business world. Unfortunately, two years into college I found out that College just wasn’t right for me and I was kind of at a lost of where to go from there, or how to be successful without it. Growing up in small-town USA with parents that only knew the small-town way it was a trek to find a path to being successful on my own. Nonetheless, I continued to work hard and persevere through the young stage of my life until life started to click and make sense. I, like most, had troubles finding my passion and what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Maybe even afraid of the success and the sacrifice it would take to get there. I realized there was nothing wrong with failing, nothing wrong with succeeding. One day it just clicked with what my core passions really were: to solve others problems, serving others with positivity and passion, and Technology. Bringing smiles to others faces and being that one difference in someone’s life that stood out from the rest.

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Featured Developer Student for April 2019

Featured Developer Student for April 2019

April 5, 2019 in Featured Students / by Dayna Schroeder

ANTHONY WICHMAN

 

BIO

I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2010 with a BS in Economics. I started working for a financial services company. I did that for 6 years before, I was given an opportunity by that company to train to become a software engineer and I took them up on that offer. I did that for two years before that company was bought out and I ended up at Centriq.

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2019 Microsoft Product Roadmap Summary

2019 Microsoft Product Roadmap Summary

April 4, 2019 in Centriq News, Corporate IT Training, Microsoft / by Centriq Training

2019 Microsoft Product Roadmap Summary: Upcoming Products & Dates

(Quoted content provided by Gladys Rama/Redmond Channel Partner)

Each year, Redmond Channel Partner publishes their highly-anticipated Microsoft Product Roadmap, which takes an in-depth look at what Microsoft releases and updates are on the immediate horizon. Once again, 2019 will be a busy year, with major updates to Windows 10, Dynamics 365, and System Center on tap, to name just a few. Below is a condensed summary of the Roadmap, which provides a snapshot of new and upcoming releases, version updates, and anticipated release dates.

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What Sets You Apart in Your IT Interviews?

What Sets You Apart in Your IT Interviews?

March 27, 2019 in IT Career Program / by Alison Chludzinski

Stand Out in Your IT Interview: How to Showcase Your Soft Skills

You did it! You are at the end of your technology education, and have been actively applying and interviewing for a new job in IT. You have an impressive resume, all the right training and certifications, maybe even a portfolio that showcases your skills. You know you have the technical skills needed to complete the job, but is it enough? When the average job post receives 250 resumes, you’ll need to show off your best assets through not only your hard skills but also your soft skills.

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