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How to Prepare for Coding Bootcamp

How to Prepare for Coding Bootcamp

October 2, 2018 in College Alternatives, IT Career Program / by Emfluence

How to Prepare for Coding Bootcamp

No matter what the endeavor, it helps to be prepared. And this definitely rings true If you are contemplating attending a coding bootcamp. Even if you are attending a bootcamp that doesn’t require attendees to have any prior coding experience, you will be better positioned to get the most out of the experience if you do some kind of preparation beforehand. But what’s the best way to prepare? While much will depend on the relative experience of each individual, we can take a look at some general tips that can help everyone get prepared for their individual coding bootcamp. 
What is a coding bootcamp?

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Four Months, Is It Too Good To Be True?

Four Months, Is It Too Good To Be True?

April 16, 2018 in College Alternatives, IT Career Program / by Hannah Mulligan

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: can Centriq really teach IT-skills like networking or coding in just four months?

It’s a fair question! If we weren’t already in the biz, our ears would totally perk up if someone told us we could become a fully trained IT professional in just four months. And to be fair, we’d be a little skeptical, too.  In a world with information-overload, it can be hard to distinguish what’s a sales pitch and what’s valuable information.  The good news? That’s what we’re here for: to break it down without all the glitz, glitter and fancy marketing terms. So, is a four month training program too good to be true?Read More

Passion and Profession: How to Get Paid Doing What You Love

Passion and Profession: How to Get Paid Doing What You Love

February 22, 2018 in Centriq News, College Alternatives, IT Career Program / by Hannah Mulligan

We’ve all heard an inspirational career quote at some point in our lives, whether it’s “do what you love and you won’t work a day in your life,” or “if you can dream it, do it.”  And while a solid Walt Disney quote can be good for the soul, it’s tough determining what’s clich and what’s valuable career advice.

It’s safe to assume that we’d all love to find a job that aligns with our passions, assuming you’ve already identified what those passions are. But what if you’re not sure what you actually love doing? It’s a fair concern – if you’ve spent years in a career that’s crushed your spirit, it’s easy to forget what you enjoy doing.

So, how do you start identifying your passions and turn them into a profession?Read More

Learn to Code: Which Path Should You Take?

Learn to Code: Which Path Should You Take?

April 11, 2017 in College Alternatives, IT Career Program / by Ted Parker

So you want to learn to code? Maybe you already have some experience building websites or writing minor programs, or maybe computer coding is a completely foreign language to you. But whether you are learning a new skillset or expanding on your existing hobby, an interest in coding can lead you into a rewarding full-time career. There are a number of paths you can take to learn to code, each have their benefits and disadvantages. What option is best for you and your goals?Read More

2016 Centriq Technology Scholarship Winner

2016 Centriq Technology Scholarship Winner

May 13, 2016 in Centriq News, College Alternatives / by Ted Parker


Computers have been his life’s hobby since the beginning of Middle School. When his family moved to Lee’s Summit from North Carolina he immediately enrolled in the nationally recognized Summit Technology Academy as an extension of his Lee’s Summit West High School experience. He’s taken six technology-related classes in high school.Read More

67 Free Resources to Teach your Child to Code (Even If You Can’t)

67 Free Resources to Teach your Child to Code (Even If You Can’t)

April 19, 2016 in College Alternatives, IT Career Program / by Ted Parker

Maybe the title should say “especially if you can’t” code. Because that’s really the dilemma, isn’t it? You know that the more technology your child knows, the better off he or she will be. But how do you teach your child to code if you don’t know how to yourself? What exactly do they need to know and when and how should they learn it? This is an issue important for all parents, but especially for parents that homeschool their children.Read More

Computer Jobs for GI’s | Use Your GI Bill for IT Training

November 4, 2015 in College Alternatives, IT Career Program / by Sara Lamb

Computer Jobs for GI’s

Did you spend your time in the military working with computers, networks, cyber security, and communication/radio systems? If this sounds like you, you should know that these skills are highly valued in the civilian career market. There are plenty of jobs you can go into straight from your military service, but careers in IT might take a little more training time.

A New Career without the Investment

If you’re not looking to invest years in going to school, or going back to school, you can explore the many training programs that offer accelerated training in IT and IT related fields. Combining the skills you’ve acquired in the military with the training programs offered by companies like Centriq, you can be job market ready in as little as four months.

Some typical computer jobs are:

    • Data Entry: input hard and electronic data into a database
    • Database Manager: create, maintain, and test data that lives within databases, be proficient with programs such as Access, and SQL.
    • Web Designer: coding and designing websites from the ground up. Utilize HTML, JavaScript, and more.
    • System or Network Admin: Knowledge of network setups and protocols. Various certificates required.
    • Developer/Programmer: maintain and develop programming and software.
    • Help Desk: help computer and network users with technical and connectivity issues. General computer and network knowledge. Customer services skills often a component.
    • Quality Assurance: test and use software, programs, and hardware prior to release to the public. Run numerous tests and situations to ensure there are no bugs.

A lot of these careers don’t require formal education and can utilize hands-on experience and some system specific training. Oftentimes employers are looking for hands-on experience over education so if you’ve got a knack for computers and networking you’ve got a great shot regardless of your college education.

Utilize your Military Experience

Many companies value having the expertise and training that comes with having a military member in their staff. Utilize your military training and work ethic to your advantage. You served your country and service is a pillar to who you’ve become and civillian companies greatly value your work ethic. Let our military friendly staff help get you the IT training you need. We can work with you to help you utilize the most of your GI Bill.
If you’ve finished your time in the military and you’re looking at ways to incorporate the training you’ve had into a civilian career, look to Centriq to help you transition seamlessly. From managing and securing servers to remote computer management and repairs you can incorporate the skills you’ve learned with some career specific training from Centriq. Upsell your work ethic and training from the military. Let us help you get into a career quickly.