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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

June’s Featured TechSmart KC Student

June’s Featured TechSmart KC Student

July 13, 2016 in IT Career Program, Featured Students / by Nicole Trendel

Jenna beckett

Bio

“I have spent the last 9 years in the Construction Management industry. Prior to that, I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. My diverse education and work history have allowed me to develop a core set of business skills that includes simultaneously managing multiple projects, solving complex problems, a commitment to project deadlines, actively listening to the concerns of project stakeholders, and developing creative solutions. I also take great pride in Read More

May’s Featured TechSmart KC Student

May’s Featured TechSmart KC Student

June 17, 2016 in IT Career Program, Featured Students / by Nicole Trendel

John timberlake

Bio

“Before coming to Centriq I was working as an Administrative Assistant for a moving company. While in that position, I developed my customer service skills (in person and over the phone) and learned how to prioritize and work as a member of a team. I heard about the TechSmart KC program from a friend who went through the IT Administration track and felt this was the Read More

2016 Centriq Technology Scholarship Winner

2016 Centriq Technology Scholarship Winner

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

AUSTIN WIGGINS HAS A PASSION FOR TECHNOLOGY

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

April’s Featured TechSmart KC Student

April’s Featured TechSmart KC Student

May 3, 2016 in IT Career Program, Featured Students / by Nicole Trendel

Jenni Ruby

Bio

“I grew up in Lee’s Summit and graduated from Lee’s Summit North High School. After a couple of years of college, I didn’t feel that the environment was a fit and I was still trying to figure out what my career would look like. For the past few years I have worked exclusively in the service industry as an assistant manager. While I enjoyed this field, I knew this was not what I saw as my lifelong career. I knew that technology is a growing field which is constantly changing and evolving. My passion for computers, learning technology and troubleshooting are what influenced the direction of my desired career path. 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