Is this a nice IT program?

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Hello all of you fine ladies and gentlemen of this list,

     I am seriously thinking of going to my local Community College to
do this online program in IT

    I desire to enter this program so that I can work hard upon earning
this AAS, and then carry on my schooling from there.

     However, I have not been able to obtain a nice opinion about this
program at all. So, I thought that all of you kind folks could maybe
think of offering up your opinions on this program. And, I surely would
appreciate it if someone could tell me what lines of work one could get
into upon completing this program and if it would help someone get any
proper certifications at all.

     I cannot get a straight answer from anyone about this program.
And, I like the looks of this program because it is at a real live
Community College in my own city, so I can do it online and not worry
about any diploma mill type of nonsense..

thank you very much,

Mary K.

Re: Is this a nice IT program?

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Not a good start is it?

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good - so what did your neighbours say when you asked?

William Tasso

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It appears to mandate more hours on English literature than it does on
web design.

It also includes such irrelevancies as C++, VB, microcomputers and
Java. Now I can see _some_ usefulness in teaching English literature on
an ab initio course for web designers, but none at all for these
unrelated technical topics.

Microcomputers (which I'm assuming is at the near-hardware level) are
interesting, complicated and irrelevant. Web design is already a broad
topic where the big problem isn't the individual complexity of the
topics needed, it's their large number and breadth. You really don't
have room for something on micros, and a 3 hour course on it won't
teach you anything useful anyway. Just because they're vaguely related
to computers does _not_ make them relevant to web design.

This looks like a badly assembled course - I couldn't even say "badly
designed". They've taken old course off the shelf, probably some from
the late '80s, and thrown them together as an IT course to meet a
misunderstood demand.

"IT" is one of the most useless qualifications it's possible to have. I
understand "IT" fairly well, but it took me 20 years of constant study.
For anything of course length, the _scope_ of "IT" is simply too broad
to be studiable in useful depth and too dilute to be a valuable
qualification afterwards. It's like responding to a shortage of
orthopedic surgeons by just teaching entry-level biology from algae to

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I think the big thing here is you would have to ask yourself:  What do you
want out of this course?  Will it accomplish that?  What type of job are you
going after?  Will it get you that job?

In looking at the course list it really looks like they cover a variety of
topics (a pretty wide variety to boot) however at the end of it you aren't
going to be truely schooled in any of the subjects with only a couple of
hours spent on each subject.  IE: Can you call yourself a C# programmer
after you've had only a 3 hour course on it?

As far as a job goes I can't see this leading anywhere.  The "Required
General Education Core" courses aren't good for anything other than filling
out a college degree and the technical courses aren't enough of an education
in any of those fields to the point where a company would feel comfortable
in hiring you.

I also think that one of the more important things to consider in the end is
also going to be the value of the diploma/certificate/degree of the course
in the eyes of potential employers or other schools if you are using this as
a springboard to further education.

That might sound like a "Well, Duh!" but this is something that really most
people don't consider.  They go in under the assumption that they pay a few
thousand dollars for a course, they work hard and go to school for a couple
of months and then when they are done everybody will respect their
education.  But with many of the post secondary schools, especially the ones
with online courses or "learn at your own pace" books, when these students
graduate they end up finding out that nobody hires them because all the big
companies in the city assign zero value to diplomas from that school.

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