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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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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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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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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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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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Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit

Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit: Building Partnerships and Understanding the Threat Date: May 7 and 8 Location: MTSU New Student Union Building Registration: March 1, 2013 Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit: Building Partnerships and Understanding the Threat will be held on the … Continue reading

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You’ve started your IT career. Now what?

So you started your IT career and you landed in a help desk position.   What now?   We wrote an article,  “It takes time in the trenches of help desk”   that tells you to do your time.   … Continue reading

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Microsoft Virtual Academy – Free Microsoft Courses

Frequently Asked Questions about Microsoft’s Virtual Academy What is Microsoft Virtual Academy? It is an online portal for IT professionals that offers a vast amount of information about Microsoft products and technology.  Designed with whitepapers, videos and reference materials, MVA … Continue reading

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Unable to fetch available updates data – unexpected cURL error

When working with PHP and Moodle’s LMS, sometimes you have to dig for answers.  The error “Unable to fetch available updates data – unexpected cURL error” actually has a fix that is easy to implement.   Finding the solution was … Continue reading

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Over 500 tech links

Need resources for technical information?  Looking for the best technical blogs on the web?   Bookmarks4Techs has over 500 resources and is one of the largest resources on the web for technical blogs.    Check out the collection of Freeware … Continue reading

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There’s nothing wrong with my computer!

So a couple of friends told me there was nothing wrong with their computers…. I asked if I could scan them because I just wanted to see what was on them… Malware today can be removed using SuperAntiSpyware Portable, A-Squared, … Continue reading

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IT Certification List

Here’s an exceptional list of almost all IT certifications.  

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Best Wireless Access Point for classrooms and events

We were looking for a solution to several classrooms that are completely wireless and needed an access point that could handle the traffic and any interference.   With the growing trend of BYOD, classrooms easily double and triple in their … Continue reading

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