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The mission of CyberTex is to provide individuals with workplace skills that qualify them for initial employment in the
workforce and/or career advancement after employment in medical, healthcare, information technology, and business fields.

When you want them to know you have skills

If you’re looking for a broad-based education, where you learn a little about a lot of different subjects, college is the way to go. But if you know that you want to specialize in one specific area, with the goal of getting a job in that field once you complete your training, certification provides definite advantages over college.

If you’re working in the IT industry, for instance, employers will first and foremost want to know that you have the skills necessary to do a job, be it programming in a certain language or securing a network. Knowing theory and having a degree shows an aptitude for learning, but IT is more about the doing. Certification is a direct measure of your ability to do – it’s contingent on the mastery of skills you’ll need to excel in a specific job.

Certification also creates a universal measure of acquiring skills. A university in the United States can be very different from one in Europe, Africa, or Asia, and potential employers and clients may not be aware of how certain schools measure up. But certification provides a gold standard that’s the same everywhere.

When our students get Microsoft certification, they must demonstrate expert-level knowledge of a particular aspect of Microsoft products and software, often focused on one of four categories: server, desktop, database, or developer. They then pass a standardized exam authorized by Microsoft at a satellite testing location. In other words, the preparation we give students prepares them for a universal Microsoft certification that comes, in part, from Microsoft itself.

And when you pursue certification instead of a degree, all of your focus goes to the field of study you want to pursue. Taking college courses means that some of your time, money, and energy goes to mastering content you may never use in your career. Certification allows you to concentrate on what you want to learn, rather than what you have to learn.

If you want to know more about our IT certification programs—including the Network Engineer program that wraps six related certification programs into one 38 week-program (http://cybertex.edu/network-engineer/), contact us to see how to apply and when you can start.

Dedicate just 20 hours a week (or more, if you want) toward your new career

If you enroll in the medical assistant program at Cybertex Institute of Technology, you’re committing to just 20 hours a week, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. For those who work during the evening—perhaps even the second shift at a hospital in a non-medical role—it’s an ideal fit.

But for those students who want to dedicate themselves to their studies, the commitment to Cybertex doesn’t have to stop at 20 hours a week. I run tutorials and open clinicals for 4 to 6 hours a day most days I’m teaching. For students who want to advance beyond the solid framework they get in 20 hours a week of instruction, to learn some of the skills that RNs are learning in their coursework, it’s there for them!

I offer those opportunities to Cybertex students because I love working with them, but I also because I know that the possibilities for medical assistants are limitless. Phlebotomists, for example, can advance from entry-level roles to become master phlebotomists—running lab operations, being crucial members of code teams, and earning good salaries in fulfilling careers. The extra time a student spends in tutorials can be the stepping stone to more and faster advancement.

The more skills you have, the more competitive you are in the job market. It’s as simple as that. Knowing this, and wanting our students to succeed, is why we offer tutorials on top of everything we’re teaching in the eight different modulars.

If you want to be part of the experience, and learn about all that’s possible in a medical assistant career, visit our site’s admissions page to get started. Soon, you could be learning more than you ever thought possible about your future medical career.

 

Security+: A key element of our Network Engineer program

It’s clear that cybersecurity is a huge area of concern for anyone who relies on a computer system. Concerns about keeping data secure were part of the most recent Presidential election, and we’re sure to hear about cybersecurity in relation to national security for years to come.

But it also impacts us on a more practical, everyday level. If you’re running a business, for example, you want to make sure that your customers’ personal and financial information, as well as your own online communication, stays secure. When you’re sending email, you have an expectation that you’re doing so on a secure system.

Our Security+ curriculum prepares our students for the challenges of making sure that a computer network stays secure, that the data that is housed on that system isn’t breached by outsiders, and that the owners of the network don’t fall prey to lost customers or even lawsuits as a result of any data breaches.

The program also teaches our students how to protect systems against internal threats. While hackers are the threat that people think of first when they think of network security, it’s also important to think about security to keep employees from breaching data or inadvertently opening the door to hackers. An employee on a network who falls prey to a phishing scam can do as much or more damage than a hacker trying to get into your system from the outside.

While a number of those who work in network security have years of experience, increased concerns about hackers and data breaches are creating opportunities for people who are new to Network Engineering.

Small businesses and solo entrepreneurs who don’t have big budgets but need data security in systems will look for network engineers with training. Network engineers who graduate with the certification package that Cybertex offers can potentially market themselves, and gather experience in the process, to offer such services.

Cybertex: The fast lane to a Medical Assistant career

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, we’re in the midst of great growth with medical assistant jobs—they estimate a 23 percent increase between 2014 and 2024. And considering the coming changes in health care and all the clinical skills that medical assistants have, I think that estimate might be low!

Cybertex is positioned to get students into medical assistant careers faster than other schools in the Austin area. With 740 classroom hours, at 20 hours a week, students can enroll in our medical assistant program and come out certified in just nine months’ time! And we teach everything, from phlebotomy to anatomy and physiology to the finer points of medical office work—all the skills that make certified medical assistants so knowledgeable and employable.

Because our classes move at this pace, our students can get into the job market more quickly than students who opt for 11, 14 or 16-month programs. What’s more, our students learn to think on their feet and react quickly, ideal for students who want to work in emergency rooms, hospitals, or other medical office settings requiring fast response times. As I like to say, our students are used to having to learn quick, and having to know what they learned. It’s not easy, but the work our students put in definitely pay off at the end.

Today’s medical recruiters are looking for medical assistants who can do everything well, and Cybertex is built to prepare students for that search. If you’re interested in a fast track to a medical career, the medical assistant program at Cybertex could be the program for you. Check in with our admissions team to get started, and I could be seeing you in one of my classes soon!

Austin Campus

What an accelerated curriculum means for you

When people ask me what makes Cybertex Institute of Technology’s Network Engineering program different from other programs in Austin, I point to the accelerated curriculum. We cover a lot of ground in our nine-month program, starting with A+, Network+, Security+, and moving on to other integral certifications in the field. At other schools, programs can take students anywhere from two to four years to complete.

What that means for a student at Cybertex is that dedication is a must. We find that a number of students who come to Cybertex have already been exploring network engineering on their own before coming into our program. They might work on their PC or wireless routers at home, or might be the go-to people in their families and circle of friends when people are seeking computer help. Of course, people who don’t have extensive computer experience can come into our Network Engineering program and excel. But it does take a commitment to want to learn more about computers.

There’s one distinct advantage to the accelerated curriculum for those who can commit to nine months of dedicated study. Those students who can make that commitment will be ready for the job market in less than a year of deciding to go the Network Engineering route. Our program includes certification testing, so our graduates can show prospective employers they possess the skills those employers are looking for now.

The students that graduate from Cybertex’s Network Engineering program have the advantage of going into job interviews with information that’s fresher and more current than those who are in two- to four-year programs.

If you’re eager to enter a career in Network Engineering, and you want to get in the job market within nine months of starting our program, our Admissions department will help you get enrolled and get you moving toward a new career.

If you like variety, you’ll love being a medical assistant

In choosing medical careers to pursue, some think about excitement, unpredictability, and the unique and amazing feeling of saving a life, and think they’ll find that as an emergency medical technician (EMT). I used to think that way—and while the work that EMTs do is valuable, it’s more routine work than people think: At the end of the day, a lot of stabilizing patients with heart issues and transporting them to emergency rooms.

It surprises some people to learn that if excitement and unpredictability are reasons that medicine intrigues you, you’re most likely to find it as a medical assistant. Nurses, between attending to record keeping and patients’ day-to-day needs, need to cultivate as much routine as possible to do their jobs, even in more unpredictable settings like ER rooms.

Medical assistants, on the other hand, are being relied on more and more to take care of clinical and diagnostic needs. Knowing how to do labs and EKGs takes practice and mastery of routing, but when, where, and why you do those varies greatly in a hospital setting, and even more so in urgent care centers where medical assistants are taking on even bigger roles.

At Cybertex, our medical assistant instructors prepare medical assistants for the ever-expanding roles they’re playing in medical facilities. The fast pace of the classes not only allow our students to get into the job market in less than a year after starting the program, it also prepares them for the pivots that they’ll have to make in any given day on the job. Being a medical assistant is never the same from day to day—and if that’s one of the reasons you’re drawn toward medicine for a career path, Cybertex’s program is designed to help you take on those challenges and be an integral part of a team that saves lives and guides the sick and injured to recovery.

Certification: A better fit for those who work

The changing economy and the need for certain types of education to qualify for certain jobs are sending a number of people, who already went to college once, back to school. For some, though, the thought of returning to college is a daunting process. Students need to fit coursework around a work schedule, figure out how to pay for tuition, and in many cases, coordinate child care with spouses, other family members, or babysitters. All of these factors can make going back to school a challenge.

For those who think that going back to school means college, it doesn’t necessarily have to. Pursuing a certification, rather than a college degree, is often a more cost-effective, less time-insensitive, more practical option than committing to college even part-time.

Certification allows you to get the training needed for the specific job you want. You don’t have to fulfill prerequisite requirements that many colleges have; you just start learning about the career you want to pursue. Even programs like our Network Engineer program, which bundles six certification programs together into a 37.5 week package, is 100 percent geared toward knowledge that you’d use on the job.

We know, from teaching students at our Austin and Killeen campuses since 2000, that certification programs aren’t one size fits all. We offer programs that are tailored for people who work 9-5 jobs as well as for those who work evenings or weekends. We offer programs that allow students to progress toward certification as quickly as possible, or in stages to fit better with a more intensive work schedule.

When you contact us, we’ll meet with you to figure out which of our options works best with your schedule and your life. If you’ve looked into college and it seems like too much for your situation, let us show you which certification programs might be best for you.