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Microsoft Streamlines Technical Certifications

Microsoft Streamlines Technical Certifications

November 18, 2016 in Corporate IT Training, Microsoft / by Sara Lamb

As Microsoft Learning’s General Manager Alison Cunard announced in September 2016, Microsoft has streamlined its technical certifications, aligning to industry-recognized areas of competence while providing flexibility to showcase your specific skills on Microsoft products and services.

Five new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) and Developer (MCSD) specialties are being released.  These credentials are aligned to Centers of Excellence, used by the Microsoft Partner Network to identify technical competencies that are widely recognizable by both Microsoft partners and customers.Read More

New IT Jobs for Grads of Centriq’s Career Program – November 2016

New IT Jobs for Grads of Centriq’s Career Program – November 2016

November 17, 2016 in Alumni On the Move, IT Career Program Alumni / by Sara Lamb

Career Program Alumni On the Move

Not only does Centriq’s TechSmart KC 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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3 Principles of Data Center Infrastructure Design

3 Principles of Data Center Infrastructure Design

November 16, 2016 in Cisco, Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

Your data center is the most critical resource within your organization. As you know, it provides the means for all storage, management and dissemination of data, applications and communications for your business. When employees and customers are unable to access the servers, storage systems and networking devices that reside in the data center, your entire organization can shut down. Millions of dollars can be lost in a matter of minutes for businesses like banks, airlines, shipping facilities and online brokerages. Faced with these consequences, IT executives today must optimize their data centers, particularly the network infrastructure. When you consider that 70 percent of network downtime can be attributed to physical layer problems, specifically cabling faults, it’s paramount that more consideration be given to infrastructure design.Read More

Alumni Job Board & Events Page

Alumni Job Board & Events Page

November 15, 2016 in Alumni Newsletter, IT Career Program Alumni / by Nicole Trendel

Once you graduate from Centriq’s New IT Career Program, you receive a very prestigious title … that title is TechSmart KC Alumnus or Alumna! In addition to the pride that title brings you, it also entitles you to certain perks.

One of the perks we rolled out recently was the Centriq Alumni Job Board which was developed specifically for graduates of our TechSmart KC program. It makes job searching easier for you because you can sign up to be notified of jobs via email that match your area of expertise and/or experience level via real time notifications.

Plus, we are excited to announce that we’ve added an Events page to the Job Board! This events page is a resource you can access to find local technology events, Centriq’s Corporate Division’s sponsored or hosted technology events, Centriq Hiring Events, as well as Centriq Alumni events, so check it out.

This board is for you, so if you hear of events or jobs you’d like us to share with your fellow alums, send them to Tina Pugh at tpugh@centriq.com or Kiera Roberts at kroberts@centriq.com so we can spread the word.

If you haven’t already signed up on the Alumni website and would like to do so, contact Tina at 913.322.7060 or Kiera at 913.322.7038 to receive a registration email. As access to this site is limited to Centriq Alums, we can only share the link directly with graduates of our program, so reach out today so you don’t miss out!

The Value of Technical Training & Certification

The Value of Technical Training & Certification

November 7, 2016 in Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

What every technology professional needs to get ahead

Looking to get ahead in today’s competitive tech world? Now, more than ever, training classes and certifications are vital to fuel a successful career. Certification makes technology professionals more likely to get hired, demonstrate clear business impact and advance their careers. But, these things also benefit employers as well. Read More

IT Jobs: A Comparison Based on Industry Affiliation

IT Jobs: A Comparison Based on Industry Affiliation

November 2, 2016 in IT Career Program / by Ted Parker

Over the past decade or so, technology has not just infiltrated every aspect of our daily lives, but it has also completely transformed the way companies operate their businesses. Trends such as online banking and online shopping have forced companies to streamline their operations – and transition from hardware infrastructure to the “cloud” – as they meet the increasing demand for secure data transfers and storage. At the same time, coding or software development has seen a similar impact on industry.  From system software used to operate businesses to the mobile apps we use every day, software development has become an integral part of every business.Read More

Introducing Microsoft Badges

Introducing Microsoft Badges

November 1, 2016 in Corporate IT Training, Microsoft / by Thane Clark

Big news … Microsoft has developed a way for you to easily share certification and exam completions with digital badges! Your digital badge allows you to easily share the details of your skills to your professional network in a way that is trusted and verifiable.

Your Microsoft badge empowers you to:Read More

September’s Featured TechSmart KC Student

September’s Featured TechSmart KC Student

October 27, 2016 in Featured Students, IT Career Program / by Nicole Trendel

Tyler Ward

Bio

“I’m a recent transplant to Kansas City, MO from Stillwater, OK and have really enjoyed exploring the city so far. Prior to coming to Centriq, I went to Oklahoma State University where I received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with a focus on animal biotechnology and, later, a Masters in Science in Entomology. After graduation, I worked in customer service and laboratory-based jobs, both of which taught me a lot about teamwork, meticulous record keeping, and time management.  My education and science-based work experience taught me how to be Read More