Monday, November 17, 2008

Online Courses Appeal to Soldiers

Whether it's a military veteran or a soldier serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, online courses are very appealing to members of the armed forces.

Recent veterans, who are experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and are trying to focus on their career or family life, are drawn to the out-of-the-classroom aspect of distance learning as well as the fact that they can work at their own pace.

Online courses also help deployed soldiers continue their studies from anywhere in the world. Just because a soldier is serving overseas, doesn't mean his or her education is over. Thanks to distance learning, a soldier will have no trouble keeping up with higher education classes from their base.

Read more about Soldiers and Online Courses.

Friday, November 14, 2008

High Demand for IT Jobs

Thirteen percent of jobs posted online are Information Technology related jobs. This accounts for more job listings than any other field.

While the IT field is very large, this statistic is evidence that computers are becoming more widely used for a variety of tasks. Although the economy has experienced a downturn, the IT job market has not been as affected as expected.

Another surprising trend in the IT field is the starting salary. Even in this down economy, IT professionals can still expect to make over $50,000 annually.

The demand for qualified IT professionals is growing and it is not showing any signs of slowing.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

KCE Announces Two New Cisco Certificate Programs

Kaplan Continuing Education (KCE) now offers two new Cisco Certification programs: Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) and Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP).

KCE's CCDA certificate program is a six month course designed to prepare students for Cisco certification exams and to qualify them for design-level jobs in the IT networking departments. The coursework is meant to provide graduates with a foundation of network design for the Cisco converged network, fundamentals of implementing VLANS, configuring wireless client access and configuring security features in a switched network. The CCDA is a prerequisite for CCDP certification.

The CCDP certificate program is another six month advanced professional certification course designed to provide students with more sophisticated concepts of Cisco network design and to prepare students for Cisco certification exams. This program is ideal for professionals already working in the IT networking industry seeking the skills needed to perform advanced Cisco network design in complex, multi-layered systems. EIGRP operations implementation, multi-area OSPF operations and integrating IS-IS are also covered.

For more information on any of KCE's Cisco certificate programs visit Kaplan Continuing Education's IT program page.