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Congratulations to our December Killeen grads

Cybertex Institute of Technology is proud to be part of Killeen’s community, where we opened a campus in 2008. We were honored to have a special guest at our most recent graduation ceremony this past Thursday: Killeen mayor Jose Sagarra showed support for what we’re doing at Cybertex, speaking to our graduating class.

He drew from the well-known proverb, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” to acknowledge the steps our students have taken in securing their network engineering and medical assistant certification.

According to the Killeen Daily Herald, which ran an article on Saturday about the ceremony, Sagarra told the audience:

“Life kind of tends to get in the way. So no matter what you guys want to do after today to get back on your journey, you know that it’s not always a straight path. … And as those challenges come, and they will, just think back on today and what you’ve accomplished.”

He also graciously acknowledged Cybertex’s role in the journey, noting, “I want to thank the school, because this is a great opportunity for our city, where we have such a good school, where you don’t have to go to far to learn a trade that will probably take you a long way.”

Here’s video from Sagarra’s speech:

The 35 graduates are the latest to graduate from Cybertex’s two programs, which allow students to gain certification in their respective fields in just over nine months, and prepares them for careers in medicine and technology.

The article included an interview with Cybertex’s Killeen campus director, Matthew Zarling, who said that students engage in professional development, including interview techniques and resume preparation, as part of Cybertex’s goal of placing graduates into medical and IT jobs.

If you live in or near Killeen, and you’re looking to enter a career as a medical assistant or network engineer, you don’t need to wait. The admissions department can get you pointed in the right direction to become part of a future class of Killeen graduates. It could be you having the mayor wish you well within a year of starting the program!

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.

Network Engineering for Fort Hood personnel

Killeen Campus

This article is from Matthew Zarling, direcotor of Cybertex Institute of Technology’s Killeen campus. 

About one in four students at our Killeen campus are Fort Hood personnel. Those from Fort Hood who are in our Network Engineer program are there for one of two reasons—they’re either looking to move into a network engineering role as part of their military service, or they’re thinking about making a jump to a career in computers once they leave the military.

In both cases, soldiers are coming to us and taking the initiative to learn more about this growing field. Our admission advisors are well familiar with those who enroll from Fort Hood, and are there guide them through the enrollment process.

Students from Fort Hood find Cybertex to be a good fit because of our flexible scheduling. Our students can either take classes from 5:30 to 9:30 pm, ideal for those who work day shifts, or 9 am to 1 pm for those who work evenings or nights. The entire certification program, covering Security+, A+, MCSA, and other areas critical to network engineering, takes just nine months to complete.

When it comes time to take the certification exams from Microsoft and CompTIA, which military review boards and job recruiters will look for when candidates are applying for network engineering jobs, we make that easy as well. Students can take the certification exams right on our campus, located just five minutes from the main Fort Hood entrance.

If you’ve thought about a future in network engineering—be in for new opportunities while you’re still in uniform or after you move on to the next phase of your life—Cybertex Institute of Technology’s Killeen Campus can provide you the training you need, on your schedule.

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.