We are excited to announce that a new Instructor Mentor role has been implemented across all of our campuses! The Instructor Mentor is an experienced, certified, technical trainer who will be scheduled to teach only half of the time. The rest of their time will be spent supporting and preparing students for exams.
This role represents LeaderQuest’s commitment to helping students at every step of their IT training journey. While some students excel at their exams without any aid, we recognized that others needed a stronger support system. Our classes give students all the knowledge they need to pass their exams, but some students may need to study more to feel confident while taking the test.
Instructor Mentor Responsibilities
The Instructor Mentor will support students after completion of class through successful completion of exams. To do this, they’ll have an open door for students who need individual help, set up study groups, and create exam prep classes. Instructor Mentors work from approximately 1pm – 10pm so they can support both day and night students.
In addition to the above activities, Instructor Mentors will also proactively identify and engage students that are having any difficulties and work with them to overcome these obstacles with personalized tools and strategies.
Expected areas of improvement moving forward will be reflected in overall student satisfaction, increased exam pass rates, increased employment rates and retention rates. Students will be less overwhelmed having a personal coach who is experienced and can relate. Personalized study plans will cater to the individual learner increasing their opportunity for a successful career in IT.
Methods of Student Support
The Instructor Mentor supports the students through five different avenues. Each student can take advantage of this resource in the way that best fits their schedule and learning style.
The Instructor Mentor will be available for one-on-one study sessions as needed. Students can schedule this time within office hours, and can meet with the mentor online or in person.
Creating Study Plans with Touch Points
A plan that is created with the Instructor Mentor and the student leading up to taking the exam. These are designed to help the student cover all of the skills and study topics needed to pass their exam with confidence.
Touchpoints can include:
Completion of labs at 80% or higher
Completion of exam prep questions at 80% or higher
An exam date goal
Group Study Sessions
Instructor mentors will schedule regular group study sessions where students can help each other study with the guidance of their Instructor Mentor.
Exam Prep Classes
Our first prep class is the Advanced Security+ exam prep class. This class has increased the Security exam pass rate by 17% since implementation in 2018! In the near future, the creation of an exam prep class for each course we offer will be in place and taught by Instructor Mentors.
Instructor Mentors teach skills labs to make sure students have achieved mastery of the necessary application of the knowledge learned in the classroom. For example, a PC Build Lab has been implemented to allow students to build a PC from scratch and then troubleshoot the PC. Hands on application is important for students to gain confidence as they strive for a career in IT.
Meet our New Instructor Mentors!
Specialty: Network Administration & Security
Education: BSEE & MSEE from The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Industry Experience: 20+ years in IT implementation project management and over nine years in IT field service
Fun Facts: KJ is addicted to great coffee and imports Yemeni coffee. A former LeaderQuest student, KJ completed the curriculum and certifications in a very short period of time and has returned to mentor students. His goal is to help them quickly pass their certification exams.
More About KJ: Starting in 2004, after KJ graduated from UT Austin, he successfully co-founded a startup real estate website. In 2006 he founded of his own startup real estate website. KJ has consulted on e-commerce platforms including Wholly Guacamole. He completed a government contract for DFW Technologies as a Support Specialist with Trinity River Authority.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Math, with a Secondary Education/Computer Science Minor – Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
Master of Information Technology – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Certifications: CompTIA Security+, CompTIA A+, Certified Scrum Master, Mobile Learning Developer, and Instructional Designer
Fun Facts: Greg is a novelist with two published cyber-espionage/warfare novels: In Plain Sight and Firestorm. You can check them out at http://www.greggardnerbooks.com. He enjoys travelling (especially in Europe), fishing, snowshoeing, and hiking.
More About Greg: Greg has spent over 30 years of in the IT and training industry. He is a former Naval Officer. Greg was a shift supervisor/operations lead at Microsoft’s Global Data Center, created network operations centers at several dot com companies, created a virtual help desk for a university system, and was a Technical Director for Online Learning Technologies at a Washington DC-based consulting firm. He has taught IT courses such as the entire MCSE suite, A+, Security+, as well as programming and Microsoft application courses at private IT training companies, and at the high school and collegiate levels.
Greg enjoys using his expertise and experience to help others achieve their goals and objectives. Many have written in evaluations of his presentations that he has a fantastic ability to “talk tech to non-techies.”
Greg is also a speaker at national conferences, an author of numerous technology-based blogs and magazine articles, and has written several cyber-espionage novels.
Specialty: IT All-Arounder
Education: Associate of Science in Network Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Security Technology, Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity currently in progress
Fun Facts: Eugene enjoys traveling to different countries to try new foods, ethical hacking to help businesses against cyber threats, playing the bass guitar, and going to anime conventions for the new line-up serious.
His favorite saying is, “I win or learn, but I never lose.”
More About Eugene: Eugene comes from a military family background and has served 6 years in the Army. He will achieve his Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity in about 2 months, and his next goal is to obtain the CISSP certification. He has been involved in the IT Industry since the mid-1990s with the privilege of serving in various civilian and government projects.
Come train with our Instructor Mentors!
If you’ve been thinking about making a career change, consider IT! LeaderQuest can help you get trained, certified and hired in 3 months or less. We support our students through every part of this process, including state of the art facilities and learning materials, onsite Instructor Mentors ready to help, and a devoted Career Services team at each campus.
If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, contact LeaderQuest today! We can help you identify a career path and the steps you’ll need to get you there.
In our continuing mission to help veterans, career changers, and IT pros get the certifications they need to advance in the tech world, LeaderQuest is proud to open our newest campus in San Antonio, TX. This campus will be led by Barry Bailey, an experienced educator with a proven track-record of academic leadership.
We’re excited to kick off our San Antonio campus by offering a highly-discounted package of courses designed to help those in entry-level IT jobs get the certifications needed to begin working in cyber security.
Meet our Campus Director, Barry Bailey
Barry Bailey is an experienced educational leader. Since 2008 he has managed two college/university campuses. Barry is committed to excellence and understands the need for quality educational outcomes. Prior to moving into educational administration, Barry ran a sales training company. He has also worked at Dell Computer and a major telecommunications company. Barry holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Redlands. He lives in San Antonio, TX with his wife of over 27 years, and has three grown children and one grandchild.
There’s never been a better time to get into the cyber security industry! As companies struggle to keep up with the rising threat of cyber crime, they’re having one major problem: they can’t find enough qualified candidates. That’s right, cyber security specialists are so in demand that the number of open positions has outstripped the number of qualified applicants by as much as 2 to 1 in some industries. So what’s holding applicants back? About one-third of information security jobs require a cyber security certification compared to 23 percent of all IT jobs.
If you’ve got some experience in entry-level IT and want to take your career to the next level, this program is for you. Network+ will help you understand how networks are designed, configured and what kinds of attacks they’re vulnerable to. Security+ will teach you the basics of threat management, identity management, security systems, security risk identification and mitigation, and more. Building on this information, Certified Network Defender (CND) will teach you how to protect, detect, and respond to network attacks in real-world situations. With an in-depth understanding of how network traffic functions, you’ll be able to secure your network and identify the signs of an infiltrator.
By obtaining your Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) designation, you’ll not only be prepared to secure networks and look for vulnerabilities; you’ll be an active part of the mitigation and remediation process. You’ll be able to strengthen your network through rigorous penetration testing and stop cyber attacks in their tracks.
Launch a New Career with IT Training
If you’ve been considering how to take the next step in your career, let us help you! LeaderQuest offers intensive training courses designed to get you trained and certified in weeks instead of months. Our Career Services team will help you polish your resume and find a fantastic job when you graduate. Best of all, to get things started in San Antonio we’re offering 40% off of this course package!
If you’re ready to launch the next step in your career, let us know!
To celebrate our new campus we are offering up to 40% off of training courses for a limited time. This is a great opportunity to finally advance your career or break into the IT/Cyber Security industry. Our world class training will not be offered at these discounts again. Be sure to take advantage of this special offer today!
LeaderQuest is excited to announce a comprehensive partnership with Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) to create career-relevant, continuing education pathways for technology professionals. This partnership includes an agreement for credit articulation, as well as a 10% tuition discount at CSU-Global for LeaderQuest students!
Get College Credit at CSU-Global
Under this agreement, students will be able to apply credits earned from completed LeaderQuest training programs and industry certifications to one of CSU-Global’s accredited certificates or degrees. A total of 64 credits have been articulated into 15 LeaderQuest programs, in the areas of information technology, cyber security, and project management.
“LeaderQuest is thrilled to be partnering with CSU-Global. This will allow students from both schools to get the necessary education to compete in today’s market,” said George Cohlmia, LeaderQuest CEO. “Our ultimate goal is uniquely-qualified, highly-employable graduates. Industry-recognized certifications combined with a bachelor’s degree are a surefire way to make this happen.”
CSU-Global is focused on providing students with quality educational opportunities that offer a return on investment and which prepare students with the career-relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for today’s workforce. Through the agreed credit-transfer pathways, those who complete LeaderQuest programs and earn industry certifications will be able to incorporate them toward CSU-Global program requirements — as much as 50% of the total credits needed, in some cases — in CSU-Global’s undergraduate certificates in Information Technology Operations, Networking, Cyber Security, or Project Management. Students are also able to apply the credits to CSU-Global’s 100% online B.S. in Information Technology or other bachelor’s degree.
“At CSU-Global, we understand that quality learning can come from a multitude of sources, and everyone’s career and educational paths are different,” said Dr. Charles Lively, CSU-Global’s Information Technology Program Chair. “We are excited to recognize that the hands-on training and demonstration of learning outcomes provided by LeaderQuest meets the rigor for academic credit, and we are excited to provide continued development opportunities in such high-demand career areas.”
LeaderQuest students are eligible for a 10% tuition discount through this agreement! If you’ve been considering getting a certificate or degree to complement the hands-on training offered by LeaderQuest, CSU-Global is a great option. Their 100% online courses make it easy to attend from anywhere.
We offer 5-10 day accelerated learning courses that include hands-on experience, case studies, and preparation for your certification exam. You can train on campus or online, during the day or in an evening format, whatever fits your schedule best! We provide personalized training and job assistance opportunities for students looking to start high-demand careers in technology by earning key industry certifications such as ITIL Foundation, CompTIA Security+, and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). In 2017, we were recognized with a CompTIA Rising Star Award for our dedication to training students with technological skills that are relevant to today’s marketplace.
If you’ve been considering a career change, LeaderQuest can help you break into the high-paying world of IT and cyber security. Get started today, and unlock your future!
Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) offers career-relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and nontraditional learners. As the first and only 100% online, fully accredited public university in the United States, CSU-Global is focused on student success as its number one priority. Embracing the land-grant heritage as part of the Colorado State University System, CSU-Global sets the standard for quality and innovation in higher education through its expert faculty, who are recognized as industry leaders and trained in working with adults in an online learning environment. CSU-Global offers a streamlined enrollment process with accelerated eight-week courses that start every four weeks. Visit CSUGlobal.edu or call 1-800-920-6723 for more information.
We love our customers, and there’s nothing more important to us than what they want! With in-class surveys, friendly support staff, and instructors that are accessible 24-7, we try to be as receptive as possible to our students’ needs.
This year, we wanted to gather even more information about our customers and those who are curious about IT training. That’s why we conducted a survey to find out what’s our students and the general public has to say about IT, certifications, and our training.
Who We Surveyed & Our Methods
Of the people who responded, 52% were alumni or current students while 48% had not taken classes at LeaderQuest. We wanted to get a mix of those who are interested in IT, our students, and our alumni. By emailing our survey and putting it on social media, we were able to get a good number of responses from the public as well as from LeaderQuest alumni and students. Of those responses, 39% had no IT experience at all, 24% had one or two years of experience, and 37% had three years or more experience.
Responses from Non-Alumni
Certifications with the Greatest Name-Recognition
We were curious about how well-acquainted our audience is with the certifications LeaderQuest offers. While> some certs have been around for years, others are pretty new. We found that about 77% of non-alumni respondents had heard of the Network+, Security+, and A+ certifications. Only 30% had heard of CASP. This shows that some of the newer certs have a long way to go in terms of name recognition. Check out the chart for the full list.
While not all certifications are widely known, most of our respondents felt that IT certifications offered a lot of value. A total of 90% of non-alumni respondents felt that IT certifications were useful in starting an IT career, and 87% would consider getting one or more IT certifications to start a career. These numbers speak to the incredible value certifications offer through objective verification of a candidate’s skills from a trustworthy third party. Employers look for certain certifications in the hiring process to make sure their employees have the needed skills for the role, and this is reflected in the popularity of IT certifications.
Popular Fields in IT
In the IT industry, non-alumni were most interested in positions related to cyber security (73%), IT support (45%), and project management (45%). Only 36% were interested in networking. This is great news for the industry, considering that there’s a huge demand for workers in cyber security. At the time of this writing, CyberSeek.org lists 285,681 cyber security job openings in the United States! LeaderQuest is proud to help train the next generation of cyber security experts and help to close the cyber skills gap.
Room for Growth in the IT Industry
Of course, many people surveyed were aware of this huge growth opportunity. The non-alumni we surveyed felt the most attractive thing about working in IT is the potential to command a high salary (80%) and the growth potential of the industry (72%). If you haven’t checked out our blog about IT salaries in 2018, take a look! IT salaries are no joke, and they are only getting better. As the industry grows, these positions will command higher and higher pay.
Responses from Alumni and Current Students
The Future of IT Certifications
Our alumni know the value of certification better than anybody. In fact, 87% of our alumni plan on getting more certifications in the future. When building an IT career, certifications can be a huge aid to help professionals take the next big step in their career, whether that’s a raise or a new position. In workplaces that don’t help their employees expand into new skills and positions, certifications are an important way to gain the knowledge needed to start a new role.
Alumni survey respondents told us that the deciding factor(s) for them to attend LeaderQuest were helpful/friendly staff (55%), day or night classes (50%),LeaderQuest covering the cost of certification attempts (47%), IT industry/salary info (44%), and our career services team (44%). We added night classes to make it easier for employed professionals to get training, so it’s good to hear that this made the difference. LeaderQuest covers the cost of one certification attempt per course because we want our students to get certified with the fewest amount of roadblocks possible! And our career services team is hugely important to student success at LeaderQuest, so it’s good to know that it gave some students the final push to enroll. Most importantly, we couldn’t be more proud of our amazing staff, who make all the difference to our students in their day-to-day lives.
When it comes to training, no one is more important than our instructors. That may be why 92% of alumni survey respondents felt that LeaderQuest instructors were well-informed on the topics they covered and effective in helping them understand the material. There’s no replacement for experience, which is why we hire industry-expert instructors who’ve been there and done it before. They’re present at every class to answer questions and address tough subjects so that students gain a thorough understanding–not just of how to pass the exam, but to excel in the new roles they land with these certifications on their resumes.
The Overall Experience at LeaderQuest
The final word in customer service comes when it’s all said and done. When the courses are over, the exams have been taken, and the birds have flown the nest, how do LeaderQuest graduates feel about their experience in retrospect? Well, 87% of alumni said that overall they were very pleased with their experience at LeaderQuest and would recommend it to a friend. There’s no bigger compliment than this. In the end, we’re glad that we could be of service on the journeys of so many talented individuals and empower them to seek out the kind of employment they really want.
We really appreciate everyone who took the time to fill out our survey and let us know your thoughts. After drawing names, we sent out $100 Amazon gift cards to Darin H., Alexandra M., and Brian T. Thank you all for participating in our 2018 survey! You’ll have another chance to win next year.
Get IT training at LeaderQuest
As you can see above, we have a lot of happy customers! If you’re curious about IT training, contact us today. We offer 5-10 day courses taught by expert instructors, available on campus or online. We also offer our training in an evening format for those who are working during the day. If you’re interested in getting certified, contact us today!
LeaderQuest is proud to announce that our courses are now eligible for credit in traditional higher education.
This past month, the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) officially finished its evaluation and recommended 14 LeaderQuest courses for college credit. That means a class at LeaderQuest could count towards a traditional degree.
After helping over 1,200 students get certified in our IT schools last year, our staff is excited about what this will mean for students.
“We strive to help qualified IT professionals enter the workforce. This new development will empower our students on their path to employment and success.”
What does this mean for you and what exactly is ACE CREDIT anyway? Keep reading to find out.
What Does This Mean for You?
When you take one of the 14 approved courses at LeaderQuest, you could be eligible for college credit. So if you’re considering getting a full bachelor’s degree or going back for some extra training, you could have a head start.
ACE CREDIT recommendation means you could get trained with an entry-level certification, start a job in IT, and still have college credit if you decide to go back to school to specialize.
If you’re interested in getting trained, certified, hired, and even potentially earning some college credit, why wait? We offer classes online, on campus, during the day, and at night through our four campuses in Denver, Jacksonville, Dallas, and Colorado Springs.
If you’re interested in learning more, reach out to our staff today. We’ll hook you up with the best certifications for your career goals. Don’t wait! Invest in your future and reach out to us today!
The American Council on Education (ACE), serves as the major coordinating body for the nation’s higher education institutions. Simply put, ACE CREDIT helps adults gain academic credit for courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs.
With a 30-year history, ACE CREDIT recommendations are considered by more than 2,000 colleges and universities in determining the applicability of coursework and exams to degree programs.
Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and more than 200 related associations nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy.
After months of searching and a lot of hard work from our staff, we’re excited to announce that our new LeaderQuest Jacksonville facility on Baypine Road is officially open for business!
We’ve been looking for an opportunity to expand for some time, and, after seeing the damage caused by Hurricane Irma to our old campus, we knew it was time to make the move. Our new facility includes an onsite Pearson VUE Testing Center and state-of-the-art classrooms.
But our facelift isn’t the only change you’ll be seeing down in Florida. We’re also welcoming our new Campus Director, Robert Estes. Robert is a successful business professional with over 20 years of experience working with startups and Fortune 500 companies. He’s held leadership roles in growing and developing sales/marketing teams.
A graduate of Florida State University, and a life-long Floridian, Robert served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Independence stationed in Japan. He received two service campaign medals during forward deployments in the Persian Gulf.
You’re Invited to Our Open House!
To celebrate these momentous changes, we’re inviting everyone to our Open House at our new Baypine Road location on January 31st. Stop in to enjoy some food, meet our new director, and get a tour of our new campus. Throughout the event, we’ll be holding prize drawings, so feel free to stick around and enjoy the fun from 4 pm to 7 pm.
Established in 2003, LeaderQuest offers a variety of training programs in person and online to help students get IT and cyber security certifications. Programs take 5 to 25 days and are taught by expert instructors with experience in the field.
After getting certified, LeaderQuest makes it our number one goal to help each student get a great position through career assistance. In addition to Jacksonville, LeaderQuest also has campuses in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Dallas.
If you’re interested in getting trained, contact us today!