Please Help Guys With Some Guidance To Cisco Cert!!!

BiggcityBiggcity Posts: 3Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
Hi Guys, just to give you a review of my situation.

I live here in Phoenix AZ and 10 year Air Force Veteran. I am qualified for the Post 9-11 GI Bill and have a Bachelor of Science Degree. I want to work toward getting my CCNA for starters and need help on what institution to attend? Some people locally say go to a Computer Tech School and some say go to a college or University. I do not want to get another degree. I just want to get a good Network Fundamentals Knowledge with a good working foundation.

I am starting from the beginning Guys and need some expert guidance. I just want to spend my benefits the right way to become a Network Engineer. One school out here I visited name New Horizons and this was the his suggestion below.

· "We are going to start with CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+. These will lay the best foundation for the next classes in Network Security as well as give you the best opportunity to start working in the field sooner than later."

I also spoke with ITT Tech here and they were really pushy about getting in a degree program with them. I know these companies want that government money. I really need hands on and a good understanding of Networking. I have no idea which schools are the best way to go.

The goal here guys is to get Cisco Certifed and use my GI Bill before it expire. Unemployed right now and need to get my foot in the door with a company. Please give me some direction on where to get started and get some Cisco certifications.

Thanks Everybody

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  • emerald_octaneemerald_octane Posts: 613Member
    Definately try some of your local community colleges. They may have it in a legit classroom format such that you can be reimbursed for the classes. AS far as I know, and I could be wrong, anything other than a degree seeking program will not entitle you to BAH allowance as well.

    WGU may be your best bet even though you don't want to get the degree. They will give you all the resources you need as well as vouchers for the programs.

    You can always self study, take the exam and request reimbursement from the VA, however they won't cover the cost of materials. Nor will you get BAH.
    However sometimes the cost of the reimbursement for the test is greater than the test cost itself.
  • BiggcityBiggcity Posts: 3Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Emerald thank you very much for the feedback. I hate to sound like an idiot but what is "WGU"? icon_lol.gif
  • TotinoTotino Posts: 11Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    I took a Network+ class with New Horizons. I would recommend just self-studying. IMO the class was too rushed (no surprise), you would of only been able to get the information if you went home after class ended and continued studying until you went to bed. To me that was a bit of an overload. Net+ is something you could spend ~two months on self studying and pass without the headache. Plus you'd have a better grasp of the material and not lose it all after the exam. The post 9/11 DID cover the class because I took it through a local college who pawns it off to NH. I got about 5 days worth of BAH along with 100% of the class paid for. Considering how much the class cost, and the fact that it only took 5 days out of my gi bill benefits, I guess that's a good deal. But the class definitely wasn't worth near what it cost.
    As others have said with bootcamp type classes, you have to commit 110% of your free time after class in order to process what was just glazed over in class.

    I'm taking a CCNA class at my local CC come October. It's about 6 months long with lots of lab time which is plenty of time to be comfortable with the material and have a solid foundation to pass the exam. You're much better off going with a CC class than a bootcamp style IMO. Again, it's 100% covered by the gi bill, and I'll be getting about 75% of the BAH from this one course. It's 3.5 hours long, two times a week. Definitely a good deal and it allows me to continue working full time in the help desk position I have.
  • BiggcityBiggcity Posts: 3Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks Totino for the info. I have only a 1 1/2 years worth of benefits left because I been out the military so long. I am trying to get 100% BAH if possible, but New Horizons told me I have to do 18 hours/weekly to get the full benefit. I just got a job with Intel contract position working 4 12/hour nights a week as a manufacturing tech. This is not for me because I want to be a Network Engineer starting as a help desk position.

    I like that schedule you have with the local CC you have. I am not a good self study type a person so I would like to find a CC here in Phoenix that offer the Cisco Classes. I know the Bootcamps for me will not work because I will not remember or feel comfortable learning the info at that pace.

    Do you think I should start with Network+ class Totino?

    Thanks
  • TotinoTotino Posts: 11Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Self-study definitely requires a good amount of discipline. Which is why I took the NH class to begin with, but again I didn't get much value from. I ended up having to really buckle down and ended up self-studying for another good month so I could pass net+. And I'm confident I could of passed it with no class.
    NH will be drooling at the mouth to get you, that's free easy money.

    The CC stuff is nice. The CCNA class I'm taking is at night, so it won't interfere with my day job either. Not sure if your CC has that, but it's worth looking into.

    As far as the best cert to start with, I'm not quite sure. I'm still new to the IT game and got my job with no cert, simply based off of acing 3 technical interviews. If you search the forum as I did a while back, you'll see varying opinions on the best cert to start with. But considering you're a vet, I would look into getting Security+ in the near future. I plan to get Security+ self studying at the same time as my CCNA class. Sec+ is required for a DoD job, and since you're a vet, you can definitely take advantage of preferential hiring with the government. That's something I plan on doing this time next year when I have those 3 certs under my belt.

    That's my 2 cents anyways :)
  • DonM34DonM34 Posts: 139Member
    It really depends what your aiming for, Are you interested in Network Security? Network Administrator? or are you aiming to becoming a Tech? I would aim for Security+ & CCNA for Network Security.............. Network Administrator aim for MCSA (Microsoft Certified Server Administrator) and for a Tech aim for >>> A+,N+/CCENT and Security+ <<<< Two out of the Four will do ... Also the CCNA has different exam which cater to different areas of concentration. Since you have a degree, I wouldn't waste time going back to college. I would strongly advice taking continue education and training classes. Since you have a military back ground you will receive a lot of discount for most training courses.
    2014 Goal [ ] CCENT [ ] MCTS (Active Directory) [ ] CompTIA Security+
  • filkenjitsufilkenjitsu CCNA R&S, CCNA SP Posts: 561Member ■■■■□□□□□□
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  • filkenjitsufilkenjitsu CCNA R&S, CCNA SP Posts: 561Member ■■■■□□□□□□
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    Award: AAS
    Total Credits: 60-65
    CIPS Code: 11.0901
    Initiating College: Glendale Community College
    Program Availability: College-Specific

    Occupational Area: Manufacturing / Electronics/Electrical Technology
    Instructional Council: Applied Technology (57)
    GPA: 2.0


    Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Computer and Network Technology program offers the student a solid, hands-on skill set of computer, networking and internetworking systems, and health information technology principles. Students gain an understanding of the interaction between microcomputer software and hardware, network and internetworking operating systems software and hardware, the use of troubleshooting techniques, and troubleshooting hardware and software tools.

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    Program Prerequisites may be waived by Program Director depending on student's background.

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    CIS114AE Excel: Level I 1
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    CIS126AA UNIX Operating System: Level I 1
    CIS133AA Internet/Web Development Level I-A 1
    CNT140AA Cisco Networking Fundamentals 4
    + CNT150AA Cisco Routing Protocols and Concepts 4
    + CNT160AA Cisco Local Area Networking (LAN) Switching and Wireless 4
    + CNT170AA Cisco Accessing the Wide-Area Network (WAN) 4
    + CNT171 CCNA Exam Prep 1
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    CWE198AA Career/Work Experience 1
    ELT101 Mathematics for Electronics I 3
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    + NET220 Health Information Networking 2
    + NET271 Microcomputer Maintenance I: A+ Essentials Prep 3
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    First-Year Composition Credits: 6.0
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  • DonM34DonM34 Posts: 139Member
    I would suggest, put your efforts on certification training courses.
    2014 Goal [ ] CCENT [ ] MCTS (Active Directory) [ ] CompTIA Security+
  • Pseudo_nodePseudo_node Posts: 16Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    I was in a similar place after leaving the military; I would recommend the Cisco Network Academy:

    Become a Student - Cisco Systems

    The instructors are generally good mentors and can help you with your career path.

    I would augment with CBTnuggets training and a procure a personal router/switch lab (look on ebay) for the "hands on" practice.
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