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Featured Student for February 2017

Featured Student for February 2017

March 20, 2017 in IT Career Program, Featured Students / by Nicole Trendel

MAURICE JONES

Bio

“I’m a lifelong resident of the Kansas City. For the past 30 years I’ve worked in the Automotive Technology field. It began after I received my Associates Degree in Applied Sciences after attending Longview Community College on scholarship. For 15 years I worked as a Mechanic’s helper, Shop Technician and Field Mechanic, and for the other 15 years, I was a Maintenance Supervisor. In these roles I’ve learned valuable life skills which include being able to work with a diverse group of people, leadership, managing teams, and working well under pressure. Read More

Featured Student for January 2017

Featured Student for January 2017

February 1, 2017 in IT Career Program, Featured Students / by Nicole Trendel

DEVIN KONKEL

Bio

“I am a Fort Hays State University alumnus, where I graduated with a degree in Communications with a Theatre emphasis, and a minor in Business Administration. While in school, I was in the customer service industry where I learned to balance my work/school life, communicate with customers, and provide them with detailed answers. After school I began working for Read More

Featured Student for October 2016

Featured Student for October 2016

December 7, 2016 in IT Career Program, Featured Students / by Nicole Trendel

colton robinette

Bio

“I am a KC area native as I grew up in the Northland area around Liberty.  I graduated from Liberty High School and started working at Best Buy. While there I worked as a sales associate in computer solutions. I provided customer service/support, trained new employees, and taught customers basic computer-usage skills. While working there a family member 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

September’s Featured TechSmart KC Student

September’s Featured TechSmart KC Student

October 27, 2016 in IT Career Program, Featured Students / 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

August’s Featured TechSmart KC Student

August’s Featured TechSmart KC Student

September 30, 2016 in IT Career Program, Featured Students / by Nicole Trendel

dena ketcher

Student of the month

Bio

“I have always had a passion for helping and teaching others and after graduating from Ottawa University with a BA in Education I decided to pursue an MA in Special Education.  I have been a Special Education teacher for Shawnee Mission School District since 2006.  In my years there I have had the pleasure of teaching every elementary grade level, and currently teach 4th-6th graders.  In 2011 I joined the Missouri Army National Guard as a Signal Support Specialist.  Read More

Centriq First to Implement Innovative Learning Platform in Tech Career Training

Centriq First to Implement Innovative Learning Platform in Tech Career Training

September 29, 2016 in Centriq News, IT Career Program / by Jessica Oliver

Centriq has become the first technology bootcamp (or code school) to implement Canvas by Instructure as its Student Learning Portal for its hands-on technology career training programs. Canvas, widely considered the most modern and sophisticated Learning Management System (LMS), is the fastest growing LMS in the higher education space due to its adaptability, customizability, and support.  Centriq, the only technology bootcamp or code school to offer both an entry-level Full-Stack Web Developer bootcamp and an entry-level IT Systems and Security bootcamp, is the first and only school of its type in the United States leveraging Canvas in an immersive bootcamp classroom environment.Read More

Four Reasons Why You Should Consider Changing to an IT Career in Kansas City

Four Reasons Why You Should Consider Changing to an IT Career in Kansas City

September 21, 2016 in IT Career Program / by Ted Parker

Being stuck in a dead-end job can not only be frustrating, but stressful. You feel trapped because you don’t have the time to job search while working, and maybe the prospects outside of your job just aren’t that promising. The job growth in Kansas City is below the national average, so there’s little chance more exciting career opportunities will come around soon. It may be time to re-evaluate your career path.

It’s no secret the IT (or Information Technology) industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the country. Technology is constantly evolving, and entire businesses and industries rely on the latest technology to grow. Some could even say that technology is the backbone of the economy of the United States. A career in IT may just be the solution you need for your dead-end job.Read More

GI Bill Questions -The Three Most Important

GI Bill Questions -The Three Most Important

September 15, 2016 in Veterans/GI Bill, IT Career Program / by Ted Parker

Does this sound familiar? You joined the military in your teens. Maybe you served in Iraq or Afghanistan, or maybe you were stateside the entire time. Regardless, after 6-10 years of being a soldier, your family needed you. So you separated from the military. You learned a lot and gained a great deal of experience. But now you’re not sure how, or even if, it translates to a civilian job.

Your first thought is to use your GI Bill benefits and finish your education. You check out online classes and traditional college,  but your family can’t wait for two to four years for you to get a great-paying job.  Or, maybe college just isn’t right for you.

If that’s familiar, you may not know where to go next. Don’t worry though, to find the right path all you have to do is ask yourself the right three questions. These are the same three questions every veteran should ask before making a decision on how to use your GI Bill benefits:Read More