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Going to work too early in Information Technology

So everyone knows information technology or do they? The knowledge of computers, laptops, mobile devices, firewalls, routers, software, printers, bridges, access points, app deployment, CIDR to setup networks, Database development (MSSQL and MySQL), programming, packet sniffing, operating systems, policies, malware prevention and … Continue reading

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Never stop growing

Jack Darden’s attitude of ‘Never stop growing’ and ‘You can do it’  reverberates through the Computer Information Technology classes at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville today.    His personality of wanting to grow and to learn everything in IT started … Continue reading

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How long will you be on help desk?

Three former students recently contacted me to update me on their careers.  There’s always a question before they leave college.  How long will I work help desk?  We wrote an article several years ago – “It takes time in the trenches … Continue reading

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Installing Microsoft SQL on Server 2012 R2

Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2 Microsoft SQL 2012 Can be obtained from TCAT’s DreamSpark – http://e5.onthehub.com/WebStore/ProductsByMajorVersionList.aspx?ws=5dee02e7-a65d-e111-8056-f04da23e67f6&vsro=8&JSEnabled=1 Note: you can use the trial software on Server and SQL if you do not have a Dreamspark account. Files to use as demos: … Continue reading

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Achieving Excellence in the New School Year – Computer Information Technology at TCAT-Shelbyville

Our Information Technology Career Cluster winner, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Computer Information Technology (CIT) program has been working hard over the summer to expand its outreach efforts, stretch its curriculum across Career Clusters and reach more students…more

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Free College? The Tennessee Promise

Beginning with the Class of 2015, the Tennessee Promise will provide Tennessee high school graduates the opportunity to attend a community or technical college free of tuition and fees. More information about the Tennessee Promise  (PDF download)

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Can Hackers Steal Secrets from Reflections?

I encourage my students to go over and visit Rick, Paul and Bill’s blog.  In 2009, Rick posted a link to a Scientific American article on How Hackers Steal Secrets from Reflections.   Great Article.  With our students going through some … Continue reading

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Tablet or Laptop for college?

Tablet or Laptop for college? As high school students take the summer off and begin to prepare for college, we are often asked what technology students should get for college.   Here’s our answer.  Both – maybe.  Why? Laptops provide … Continue reading

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An unnecessary path to tech: A Bachelor’s degree

An unnecessary path to tech: A Bachelor’s degree. An excellent article on education and technical careers from Computerworld.  TCAT Shelbyville”s CIT program has a 98% retention and 92%+ placement.   Is a degree worth the money?  Yes, after you start … Continue reading

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Computer Information Technology wins CTE: Excellence in Action Award

(L-R) Mike Miller, Assistant IT Manager, Dawn Babain, Network Administrator-LMS Specialist, Ivan Jones, TCAT Director and Steve Mallard, IT Manager   More information on the CIT Program “The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) is … Continue reading

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Solving The Security Workforce Shortage – DarkReading

According to the study, the most sought-after quality is a broad knowledge of security — more of a strategic understanding than technical know-how — followed by certifications.  Read More Opinion – While certifications are an important part of IT, the … Continue reading

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Learn cloud computing with Rackspace’s CloudU

Ever wonder what cloud computing is?  Rackspace has an excellent program that you can take for free.   Cloud University offers ten detailed modules along with a exams for each module.    A final exam reviews each of the modules … Continue reading

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What makes TCAT Shelbyville’s IT program different?

  Exams include Windows 70-680/70-687, Windows Server 2012 70-411/70-640.  The MTA (Microsoft Technical Associate is associated with other certifications in the same curriculum. The Information Technology program at TCAT Shelbyville offers one of the best programs in the nation for … Continue reading

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Technology Centers Becoming Colleges of Applied Technology; Recognized for Workforce Education

Full release from the Tennessee Board of Regents can be read here. “NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 28, 2013) — The state’s workforce training schools known as Tennessee Technology Centers are being renamed Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology as of July 1. … Continue reading

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A Geography game using Google Street View – Geogessr

Think you really know Geography?  Geoguessr is an online game that uses Google’s Street View.   With a small map in the corner of Google’s Street View, you pin where you think the Street View scene is.   You then … Continue reading

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You have to be versatile in Information Technology

Back in 2007 we published an article on ‘The Challenge of Teaching Information Technology‘.  Recently we were also asked to write and article for TricomTS’s blog The Right fIT (Their Corporate Website is here) on Educating Tomorrow’s IT Professional Today. So why … Continue reading

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Information Technology isn’t baking a pie, it’s running a whole bakery.

One of my students who is an IT Manager for a government entity said young IT personnel (including herself when she was new in the industry) often think that information technology is as simple as baking a pie, when in … Continue reading

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Surprise visits are always good

I wrote a post called “I didn’t change them, they changed me”,  that gave kudos to Carleton Corley.   In fact, recently he came by and has been promoted to a level II Analyst.   During his visit, he was … Continue reading

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2013 Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit: Building Partnerships and Understanding the Threat

2013 Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit: Building Partnerships and Understanding the Threat   Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit: Building Partnerships and Understanding the Threat will be held on the MTSU campus May 7 and 8. This event will address criminal, intelligence, disruptive, … Continue reading

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