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You Have the Technical Skills, Do You Really Need Soft Skills?

You Have the Technical Skills, Do You Really Need Soft Skills?

September 23, 2019 in IT Career Program / by Alex Carnahan

The quick answer…YES! 

Strong technical skills are necessary for anyone wanting to work in the IT field; however, in today’s job market, employers have placed even more focus on soft skills. Soft skills are people skills (or, basic human skills) that characterize how an individual interacts with the world around them.  Common examples include communication, active listening, adaptability, problem-solving, teamwork – the list goes on and on. 

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Featured STL Networking Student for September 2019

Featured STL Networking Student for September 2019

September 20, 2019 in Featured Students / by Christina Parker

JARED STEVENS

Bio

When I was 8 or 9 years old my dad brought home our first family computer, an IBM 186. I had to learn DOS just to play Everquest which at the time was a glorified paper game. Ever since I’ve been in love with technology. It didn’t help that my family were and still are big SciFi nerds. I took that love of tech to the Navy with me becoming an Aircraft Electrician, I was really into planes at the time. I spent 13 years in the Navy learning and working on a plethora of aircraft and electronics, rather rapidly I was put in charge of ever-increasing levels of responsibility. After an injury I left the Navy and started my journey into more interesting technologies.

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Leadership In Action

Leadership In Action

September 16, 2019 in ProDev, Corporate IT Training / by Craig Gerdes

Effective leadership is essential to the success of any organization.  It is also a major ingredient in how much an individual contributor achieves in their personal job role.  Do you want to develop your leadership skills so you can further your career and make significant contributions to your company?  If yes, then read on.

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Featured Networking Student for September 2019

Featured Networking Student for September 2019

September 13, 2019 in Featured Students / by Dayna Schroeder

Al Canole


Bio

For the past 5 years I have been working in the service industry as a bartender and server. Out of high school I went to Missouri State University for 1 year and continued my education at Maple Woods Community College the next year. Although I enjoy my current profession, I feel that I am ready to start a career in a field that I have passion for. I have always had an interest in IT and finally decided to pursue that interest here at Centriq.

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Featured Developer Student for September 2019

Featured Developer Student for September 2019

September 6, 2019 in Featured Students / by Dayna Schroeder

ALYSHA WILLIAMS

BIO

For the last five and a half years I worked as an Integrated Health Specialist, which is like a social worker. Back at the end of January, I found a coding book at Aldi that used Berkeley’s drag and drop coding system SNAP! I enjoyed learning to use that program and wanted to learn how to write the actual code, not just drag and drop code.

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Featured Networking Student for August 2019

Featured Networking Student for August 2019

August 9, 2019 in Featured Students / by Dayna Schroeder

Heidi Hintenach


Bio

Heidi Hintenach is the Help Desk Manager for Dialectic Engineering and a Platoon Sergeant for 135th Signal Company.  She grew up in the panhandle of Oklahoma.  Heidi began her IT journey back in 2007 when she enlisted in the US Army as a Signal Support Specialist.  Her and her family reside in Lees Summit, MO.

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What’s an Office 365 Champion (and Why Do I Need One)?

What’s an Office 365 Champion (and Why Do I Need One)?

August 8, 2019 in Microsoft 365/Office 365, Corporate IT Training / by Hannah Gerstner

As you dive deeper into Office 365, you’ll hear the word “Champion” thrown around quite frequently. But what exactly is an O365 Champion? 

What is an O365 Champion?

To put it simply, an O365 Champion is a team member who has been chosen to help lead your company’s O365 adoption plan. 

Your O365 Champion Team will act as your company’s early-adopters— they’ll receive additional training to build proficiency with the O365 apps while working together to establish O365 policies, procedures, and best practices. 

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Featured Developer Student for August 2019

Featured Developer Student for August 2019

August 2, 2019 in Featured Students / by Dayna Schroeder

Jason Smith

BIO

I grew up in St. Joseph, MO where I attended Missouri Western State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.  While attending school, I worked part-time at the local casino as a table games dealer. After graduating, I continued working in the casino industry in various, different roles and departments including accounting, surveillance management and now internal audit. I’ve been married for the past 16 years to my wife Adrian and I have two young, beautiful daughters: Bailey (age 10) and Parker (age 8).

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