Sean graduated from MTI College’s IT Network Administration program in November 2015. He chose this degree because he believes it to be a skill that is in high demand and realized it is something he is very passionate about. It took him some time to come to this understanding, but the payoff has been well worth it. Immediately after high school, Sean enrolled at his local community college, bouncing from major to major, unsure of what he wanted to pursue. “I really couldn’t find something that would hold my interest and be able to pay the bills,” he recalled. He began looking into IT at the community college but became frustrated with the timeline. If that was something he was going to pursue, it would have taken him about three or four years, because classes were only offered at certain times and dates. Unfortunately, it was something that was just not able to work out with his schedule. “So, I looked around and tried to find a place to get IT training done,” Sean explained. “I found MTI and I loved them because the whole campus works in conjunction with one another. You never had a problem getting the classes you needed to graduate on time.”

According to Sean, the other main factor that determined his decision to enroll at MTI College was the Career Services department. After his first year at MTI, he would have access to temp agencies and job listings that would be mailed out to him to help find jobs within his field. “The job placement rate, within six months after graduation, was 95% when I was there. It couldn’t be beat. I wanted to go to school, and after I was done, I wanted a job. And a 95% chance I’d get a job after the program? That is icing on the cake.”

Sean’s experience at MTI was both humbling and impactful. “My first year there, I walked in thinking I knew so much about computers and the first several classes were introductory and would be very easy.” Although Sean was innately skilled at IT work, his courses were not as easy as he expected. He had one professor in particular who really made an impression. “He is an amazing human being and changed the way I looked at the IT field. Previously I looked at it as something I was good at. Something I could do to support myself and make decent money doing it. But, he helped mold it into a passion for me.” With both respect and a laugh, Sean added, “He really cultivated me and my fellow students into IT professionals as opposed to computer nerds.”

Prior to MTI, the extent of Sean’s experience was fixing computers for his family members and friends. But now, he just finished signing a contract to work as a PC technician for the Roseville Joint Union High School District. He was drawn to this position because his family is in education, as well. His mother works in upper-level management for a university in California and his father is a professor. This position combines his passion for IT and working in an educational environment. “I love being around people who want to learn,” he explained. His responsibilities will range anywhere from basic troubleshooting, to hardware and software updates, to fixing malfunctioning machines and removing viruses. Previous to this position, Sean worked at a software company as a helpdesk analyst, his official title being Customer Experience Specialist. He would work over the phone with employees, utilizing remote control assistance, for a CRM program that the company had built in-house. Sean would also troubleshoot email problems as well as help people get set up with new email addresses and domains.

Sean’s confidence in his ability to perform well in the IT field is inspiring. He attributed this to how well prepared he was through his education at MTI. “I learned enough there that I have not had any problems at all,” he explained. Not once thus far has he felt he did not know what he needed to in order to succeed. “So far with the credentials I earned there, if I get an interview, I get the job. I’ve only interviewed twice since I left MTI and I got the job both times. Partly because of the credentials I earned that they offered and partially because of the shop courses they had.” Sean also had two courses that were focused on preparing students for their career search. These classes taught him how to interview and how to write a resume. “They taught me everything I needed to know about walking into an interview and making the best possible impression.”

Looking back on his journey, Sean undoubtedly made the right choice. “One of the things that a lot of people don’t realize about the IT field is how fulfilling it could be. Because everyone thinks it’s just sitting behind a computer and typing, but really, in all of the jobs that I have had so far, I very much enjoy the fact that I am making other people’s days better.” Before MTI, Sean was a bit of a wanderer. He did not know what he wanted to do with his life and went through multiple majors to figure it out. He started off in culinary science, then went to biology. From there, he tried chemistry and then nutrition. But now, Sean is fixing problems for people and he could not be happier. “A lot of people discount just how people-oriented the IT field really is. And that’s my favorite part of it. I arrive with a smile on my face and leave with a smile on theirs.”

Moving forward, Sean wants to continue building his work experience to move into a higher-level position. He would enjoy being either a network engineer or a server administrator. He has all of the certifications he needs for a server administrator position because of additional courses he was able to take at MTI. He will have to take additional courses in order to be certified as a network engineer, which he plans on doing soon. In this moment, however, he is embracing how far he has come. “I’m employed. I’m a proud member of society. A few months ago, I was able to move out and am paying the bills on my own. MTI really was the launching platform for my adult, professional life.” He even referred his “better half” to MTI, as well. “I basically dragged her behind me,” he laughed. She went through one of MTI’s healthcare programs and had no problem getting a job in the medical field once she graduated.

Honestly, Sean would recommend MTI College to everyone. “MTI really sparked a fire in me that nowhere else really had. And every day now I go to a job that I love doing. I wake up in the morning happy to go to work. I don’t think that had I picked one of those other fields that I could have said that.”

There is an ongoing debate in some circles, as to the relative worth of professional certifications in general, and IT certifications specifically. The argument from one camp typically goes something like: Certifications only exist to earn money for certifying bodies; or, earning certifications only shows that you can pass multiple-choice tests, not that you can do your job.

Regardless of the argument, credentials, and the alphabet’s worth of letters that go along with them, certifications in technology are highly important for landing industry jobs. This is the case for a simple reason: the tests that candidates have to pass to earn certifications represent a bar of entry to the IT field. And while that may not signify much once you are in the industry, you should be able to pass in order to land a job in the first place.

Educational Requirement for IT Certifications

The education required to earn certifications in various aspects of the tech sector has inherent value in itself. Furthermore, the ordered preparation typically required to prepare for exams lends itself to gaining a base of knowledge and then expanding upon it in a way that’s crucial to learning a discipline. This is especially important for people looking to break into the industry without related work experience, or formal education beyond test prep.

Technology certifications are also important to further an established career in any one of a number of technology-based careers. Regardless of the amount of work experience and hands-on training someone may have, ongoing education is a very important part of remaining vital in technology-oriented careers.

The requirement for ongoing certification and testing is a major driver of ongoing education in the industry. There are those who feel that attending the preparatory classes should be enough to insure ongoing education, however, certification is a necessary step toward insuring the understanding and retention of class materials. Those who don’t pursue ongoing education in their field and the certification that goes along with it put themselves in a position of jeopardy, regarding the perceived value of their work and their capacity to get and retain work.

What Technology Certifications Really Mean

Technology certifications are more than simple pieces of paper. Along with every certification comes an increased breadth and depth of specialized knowledge, including the latest advancements in technology and technological systems, the most current data on best practices and risks, and the sense of satisfaction that comes with completing a course of instruction and passing a test of your earned knowledge. IT certifications may simply be a ticket to entry into the industry for some positions and companies, but they can and should be so much more.

MTI College of Sacramento offers exam preparation for a variety of technological certifications through the Network Administration and Security and Technical Support Specialist programs offered at our Sacramento campus. Come start your journey toward technology certification with us today!

CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, is a non-profit trade association that has been in existence since the early eighties. It was originally founded by a group of tech companies that were leaders in computer software and hardware systems, and exists primarily to provide professional certifications for a wide variety of IT specialties, and network and software engineering functions.

Alongside an array of other various trade association functions, CompTIA is the primary unaffiliated provider of professional-level IT certifications, including the popular Security+, which is focused on network security and risk management for several IT specialties. The list includes security engineers, security consultants, network administrators, and IA Technician and Managers. CompTIA training and acquisition of CompTIA certifications is highly valuable to those in the IT field.

Information About CompTIA Certification

The CompTIA Security+ certification is designed to be vendor-neutral. Certification covers operable security functionality across a wide array of platforms and operating systems from all of the industry’s leaders, including Microsoft, Linux, and Apple.

Awarding of the CompTIA Security+ certification is contingent on passing an exam. The Security+ certification is very popular across the IT industry, with more than a quarter of a million holders. It is a very well respected credential in the industry, due in part to the fact that it is vendor-neutral, and also due to the rigor of the exam.

Although the certification is designed to be an entry-level or foundation-level certification, it is recommended that candidates possess roughly two years of relevant experience in network security. Candidates may also consider completing the Network+ certification prior to attempting the Security+ exam. Holders of this credential are reported to be well respected in the industry for their technical skills and expertise in security issues and network-securing protocols.

Many credential holders have obtained advanced training in cryptography, network access control, security risk mitigation, risk identification, the practical application of security protocols, identity management, and many other related disciplines prior to pursuing the Security+ credential.

The credential is also approved by the United States Defense Department to meet all IA technical and management certification requirements, and is required by many leading corporations in the technology and security sectors.

Information About the CompTIA Exam

The current exam for the certification was launched in 2014, and certification criteria as well as the exam are updated every three years to keep pace with technological advancements, and evolving and emerging security risks and threats. The Security+ exam is focused on several of the primary principles for managing risk and securing a network, including identity management, access control, and cryptography, as well as the selection of effective and appropriate deterrent and mitigation techniques utilized in the addressing of a variety of network vulnerabilities and various attacks.

The current exam also includes questions specific to the security risks inherent in cloud computing and environments.

In addition to preparing students to succeed in obtaining CompTIA’s A+ certification, the Network Administration and Security program at MTI College’s Sacramento campus prepares students to complete the Security+ certification.

With more than half of contemporary jobs requiring technology skills of some kind, and that number expected to grow in the next ten years, predictions that there will be a shortage in qualified IT workers in the near future do not seem far off. With a combination of this shortage of qualified IT workers and the increase in demand, IT skills will become a stronger and stronger indicator of success for current students. Microsoft IT Academy training at MTI College can help you develop the IT skills that you will need to be successful in today’s (and tomorrow’s) job market.

The Microsoft IT Academy program has been built to help you prepare for the job market of the future by giving you much needed expertise in the most popular technologies in use today. The training begins with Microsoft Office suite of programs, including Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. The training then provides you with a firm grounding in new Microsoft software like Windows 7, as well as cloud-based programs like Office 365. Ultimately, you’ll be given the opportunity to explore a variety of careers in IT fields.

Microsoft Resources at MTI College

Enrolling in IT programs at MTI gets you access to the Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum, and the Microsoft E-Learning curriculum, along with unlimited access to a library of Microsoft courses that lead to Microsoft Certifications. Instructors at MTI have digital access to more than 700 books on various technology subjects.

At MTI College, you will gain access to instructor-led training that is typically intended for IT developers and other professionals that work with a variety of Microsoft technologies.

Gain a Competitive Edge With Microsoft IT Academy

Through MTI College, you will have access to classroom and online learning with the Microsoft IT Academy, including hands-on labs and access to a library of resources, books, and software. The program offers a wide variety of additional program benefits, as well. These benefits include highly sought-after Microsoft certification training and more.

Microsoft Certifications

MTI’s membership in Microsoft IT Academy allows students who are seeking to achieve certification in a variety of Microsoft areas have access to official on-campus testing in our Pearson VUE center. Additionally, MTI instructors are certified in a wide variety of Microsoft capacities such as Microsoft Office Specialists (MOS), Microsoft Certified Solutions Associates (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Experts (MCSE), and Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT) through MTI’s IT Academy membership.

Design and Develop With Dreamspark

Every IT student at MTI College receives access to both the full version of Microsoft, and VMWare software for development. Dreamspark from Microsoft provides additional professional-level design and development tools for student use in creating and developing the next big thing in technology, providing students with full Windows Servers, and the capacity to test a variety of contemporary operating systems.

Start Your Career in IT Today, With MTI College

Microsoft IT Academy at MTI College provides IT training and resources that will benefit you through the acquisition of skills in the latest technological fields, helping you to be a better communicator, innovator, critical thinker, collaborator, problem solver, and in higher demand now and into the future. Get in contact with MTI College today – admissions advisors are ready to help you start your career now.

With nearly every business and organization reliant on computers and other technologically driven systems these days, technical support specialists are in increasingly high demand. They are vital in providing important and crucial information and assistance to both individuals and organizations utilizing computer software or hardware.

They may go by any one of a number of names, but regardless of their area of specialization as either computer network support specialists or computer user support specialists, they earn a good wage and enjoy relatively high job security and opportunities for advancement. 

Technical support specialists work in evaluating and testing existing network systems; they perform scheduled maintenance on networks, troubleshooting problems with both local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs); they assist in the analysis of network architecture and efficiency, and work to solve IT issues across organizations and networks both in-person and remotely through phone calls or emails.

They also assist in the set up and repair of hardware and related devices, work with employees to teach new computer hardware or software, assist in the analysis of proprietary and purchased software and systems, and provide network architects and administrators with feedback regarding problems that have been reported commonly throughout the organization.

Technical Support Training

Due to the demand for a wide-ranging set of skills in technical support careers, there are many routes into these occupations. Some employers only require post-secondary certification for some positions, but educational requirements can vary from organization to organization and position to position, with some requiring master’s level education. Some background in computers, or class work in computer or software engineering, will be required at the very least.

Additionally, as technology, systems administration, hardware and software are constantly evolving, additional ongoing education and certification may be necessary to remain employed long-term. Many of the larger software producers provide training and certification as new software comes into the market, and many colleges and other institutions provide ongoing education for technical support specialists.

Job Outlook With Technical Support Careers

Technical support specialists enjoy a good salary and an excellent job outlook. Over the next decade, the employment of computer network support specialists and computer user support specialists is expected to grow at a rate higher than the average for all occupations. As more and more organizations and businesses onboard increasingly complex technology, networks, and systems, they are projected to need larger and better-educated technical support specialists to execute upgrades, train staff, and troubleshoot technological problems.

Additionally, with the rise in cloud computing, technical support specialists are expected to occupy positions that are instrumental to organizational success in every region of the country, and throughout multiple industries. The expected growth of the healthcare industry as the baby boom enters old age is projected to drive job growth in this sector, as well.

Technical Support Career Training at MTI College

If you’re hoping to pursue a career as a certified technical support specialist, then consider beginning your IT Training with an education from MTI College. We offer students the opportunity to gain certification in globally-recognized CompTIA A+ in our Diploma Program. Contact us today to start your new career off right!

In these times, a computer network is a key part of nearly every business and organization. Network administrators and security associates are responsible for the organization, installation, and tech support for local area networks, or LANs, and wide area networks, or WANs, as well as intranets, network segments, and a variety of other data and communication systems.

Those trained in network administration and security work to assess an organization’s network and computer needs, install network software and hardware, handle security and maintenance of individual devices and networks, collect and evaluate system performance data, train users in the proper use and security of the network, troubleshoot tech and security issues, organize data storage networks across desktop and mobile units, and may even manage an organization’s telecommunications network. 

Training and Education for Network Admins and Security Associates

Some employers only require a post-secondary certificate in network administration and security, while others require an associate’s degree, or even a bachelor’s degree in a field that is directly related to computer science or electrical engineering. Most employers will expect a candidate to have some post-secondary schooling in computer programming, systems design, or networking, at the very least.

Also, due to the ongoing evolution of network and computer technology, most administrators and security associates will need to continue their education alongside of their job training, to keep pace with the latest developments.

Licensing and Certification for Network Administrators

Additional licensing and certification through courses offered by software providers can aid a network administrator or security associate in their job search and career advancement. Additional licensing and certification can also be obtained through colleges and universities.

Job Outlook for Network Administrators

The demand for network administrators and security associates is high, and is projected to grow along with the rest of the economy over the next decade. Companies are continually investing and reinvesting in data collection, data administration, computer networks, mobile networks, and network security. As technology advances, the demand for qualified workers in this field grows.

Additionally, with a major growth push expected over the next decade as many computer systems move into cloud-based networks, growth in demand for qualified technicians is expected to rise in affected industries. Furthermore, with the projected growth of healthcare and its associated industries, demand for technology support and network administrators in healthcare is projected to rise to more than double the demand for network administrators and security associates in the general workforce.

Network Administration and Security at MTI College

If you’re hoping to pursue a career as a Network Administrator or Security Associate, consider starting your journey at MTI College of Sacramento. We offer the training and support needed to successfully earn an Associate Degree in Network Administration and Security along with the industry-recognized Microsoft certifications in Windows Server 2012 and CompTIA’s Network+ and Security+. Contact us today and we’ll connect you with an admissions advisor who can get you started on your career path immediately.

The demand for medical assistants in the United States is growing at a rapid rate, and furthermore, demand is expected to continue to grow as more and more of the Baby Boomer generation enters retirement and continues to age.

The current confluence of several different contributing factors, such as the ongoing technological advancement in various medical and healthcare fields that is driving life expectancy across several demographics, a huge surge in those seeking medical care for routine concerns thanks to legislation that is requiring medical insurance for the overwhelming majority of the population, and the previously mentioned aging of the most populous generation in the history of our country are driving demand for medical professionals in nearly every community in America.

Life Expectancy

It’s a fact that people are living longer and longer on average, thanks to a great many advances in public health policy and medical technology. Americans have healthier habits, are more safety and health conscious, are more active, and subsequently live longer than they ever have in the past. Advances in medical and healthcare technology support much of this gain in overall life expectancy for a population that continues to age.

Mandatory Health Insurance Requirements

The passage and subsequent defense of the 2010 federal legislation known as the Affordable Care Act are driving more and more people into the ranks of the insured. These newly insured people are seeking medical care for a wide range of everyday, non-acute maladies, driving appointment wait times at understaffed clinics, hospitals, and private practices and helping to provide a climate ripe with opportunity for medical assistants, diagnostic technicians, and other healthcare professionals of all kinds.

Baby Boomers Retiring

Another factor contributing greatly to the unprecedented surge in active patients throughout the country is the Baby Boom generation reaching retirement age. The generation that swelled the U.S. population in the decades following the Second World War is approaching old age, and will need greater medical care than any generation that has preceded it.

Pursuing a Medical Assistant Career

If you’re hoping to pursue a career in any of the healthcare fields that will benefit from increased demand thanks to the information above, then consider beginning your career with a solid education from MTI College of Sacramento. We offer students the opportunity to become a California Certified Medical Assistant in our Diploma Program, which is the first step to a career in the healthcare industry.

MTI College offers healthcare programs in Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy and Medical Billing and Coding. Learn more about these programs from Sacramento’s number one job training school.


Healthcare is a rapidly growing field with an excellent job outlook over the coming years. With a modicum of training, you could begin a stable, fulfilling career in any one of a number of healthcare technician or assistant positions – and you could do it in a relatively short amount of time.

But most jobs in healthcare require certification, and to get certification, you usually need to get some education or training under your belt first. You might be wondering what certification training for healthcare positions costs. Well, truth be told, there’s no easy, definitive answer to the question.

The cost of healthcare certification training varies, depending on the field of specialization you want to get into, the area in which you are seeking your education and eventual certification, and the individual institution that you are hoping to attend for your training.

Not All Healthcare Certification Training Programs Are Created Equal

These days, you can find online, remote instruction for just about any specialty or field that you are interested in going into, and of course, there are good online training courses and bad ones. But even the best online training courses cannot offer you the level of individual attention that a classroom setting can.

Also, depending on the specific requirements in your area, an online training course provided by an out of state or online-only institution may not count toward certification or licensure. Make sure to check the state and local licensing and certification requirements for the specialty of your choice in your area before inadvertently selecting a program that may not get you what you need.

It is also very important to make sure that the institution in which you are seeking certification training for the healthcare specialty of your choice meets the accreditation requirements set forth by the licensing body for your particular area. There are a great many schools, and some so-called diploma mills, both online and with physical locations that provide training, but do not meet accreditation requirements for licensure.

Healthcare Certification Training at MTI

If you’re hoping to pursue a career as a medical assistant, certified phlebotomist, or medical billing and coding professional, then consider beginning your career with an education from MTI College. We offer students the opportunity to become certified in all three of these specialties in our Diploma Program, so you can get started in the healthcare profession of your choice.

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Every day the world changes as new technology emerges. This also means that employment is becoming more competitive and job seekers should be on the lookout for more ways to gain an edge. For those in the technology field, there are many options for obtaining professional certification to show employers that you are serious about your career decisions. For those in Northern California, training for a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification in Sacramento could help give your resume the boost it needs.

What is MCSA Certification?

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification demonstrates that an individual has the skills necessary to build a career around IT, vouching that the associate has the ability to design and build technology solutions for professional working environments. Certification is an important part of technology career training. 86% of hiring managers indicate that IT certifications are a high or medium priority during the job candidate evaluation process according to a 2011 study by CompTIA. The same study reported that 64% of IT hiring managers rate certifications as having extremely high or high value for verifying a candidate’s skills and expertise. These results make third-party certification, such as the MCSA Windows Server certification, invaluable to emerging IT professionals.

How Can You Earn MCSA Windows Server Certification?

MCSA certification will ultimately require individuals to pass three Microsoft certification exams, but training for it on your own can be a challenge. Many students, whether they are recent high school graduates or professionals looking for way to build upon their experience, attend technical schools to prepare for the exam and hone their IT skills. Training will cover skills related to effectively using the Windows Server, use best practice for IT solutions in businesses, how to reduce IT costs, and how to deliver more business value to your employer. Technical skills will also include installation and configuration of Windows Server 2012 R2.

Why Should I Earn MCSA Windows Server Certification?

Technology career training is essential in staying completive in today’s world, so there are a number of advantages to earning MCSA certification. Foremost, IT certification is invaluable in the eyes of employers, and many consider certification among the top criteria they look for in job candidates. In a competitive job market, any advantage you can gain over other applicants should be considered carefully.

As more businesses continue to utilize and upgrade the technology they use in their everyday operations, jobs in IT become important to hiring managers. If you are looking to refine your jobs skills and learn more about technology, look into earning MCSA Windows Server 2012 certification by training at a reputable trade school like MTI College.

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