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2015-2016 Best Information Technology Schools and Degree Programs in Milwaukee
Students have a lot of choices for Information Technology education in Milwaukee Area. Online education is very popular. But the best education still comes from face to face courses and hands on experiences at brick and mortar colleges.

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TED Talks
The new generation of computers is programming itself

What was the topic and argument of the presentation? The topic is about computers and humans. Can computers make the same decisions as humans? How were visual or other props used in the presentation? They used some videos of experiments with the self-driving car and how it handles its self on the road in California. Was it effective? Yes, it was effective because it gave me the audience the view the computer uses to do what it does when driving without an accident. Were questions asked? Yes, If computers are accurate from its diagnoses all the time. Humor used? Somewhat not a lot. How was the pacing? The pace of the video was moderate. Was there a ‘path’ through the presentation? Yes, to give more understandings to the potential of what computers can do. Were you engaged or inspired? Yes, I was very engaged I enjoy seeing new technology issues working to better human life.

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How earning CompTIA A+ Certification in Milwaukee in 2016 with help you get an IT job

The CompTIA A+ certification is a very valuable tool in becoming or advancing as an IT professional. The certification validates a person's skills in several general computer software and hardware related areas. The certification can go a long way in finding a job or improving your job position. Researching, preparing for, and completing the required exam can be a very complex and multi-layered task. From studying the exam material and practicing to finding an exam location and scheduling, there is a lot to take into consideration. In this report, I will outline and discuss in detail the required tasks for each step, and apply the tasks to my personal timetable.

Why should you get COMPTIA certified?
Why should you get certified for CompTIA A+?  First off, let’s talk about what this certification actually is.  The CompTIA A+ certification is an entry-level certification that validates a person’s understanding of hardware and software of computers.  The certification consists of many aspects of a computer that include PC installation, troubleshooting, networking, PC hardware, mobile device hardware, and much more. The A+ certification consists of two separate series, the 800 series and the 900 series, that cover different fundamentals of PCs, software, and operating systems.  The series number does not make a difference in certification.  This will be touched on later.  
The importance of the A+ certification is that it essentially proves that a person understands the basic components of a computer that involve troubleshooting, proper computer safety procedures, and other skills to maintain and configure a computer. The A+ certification could provide many benefits to a person when it comes to their future career or even current career.  For example, the certification is likely to enhance your chances at getting employed.  Having that A+ on your resume and character boosts your credibility and shows that you have the required knowledge to perform the job.  According to CompTIA.org, employers tend to look for IT certifications, such as the A+, for five reasons:  
1.    Certifications provide employers a reason to fill open positions.
2.    Many companies’ IT staff are capable to holding certifications.
3.    Employees that are IT certified are said to be great employees.
4.    The importance of IT certifications are increasing.
5.    Training is important, but not enough.

The difference between 800 series and 900 series COMPTIA A+ Certifications?
Is there a difference between the 800 series and the 900 series?  Regardless of which series a person decides to take, the outcome will be the same.  A person will receive the A+ certification with either series.  The difference, however, between the series is the content that each provides.  The 800 series is split up into two exams, CompTIA A+ 220-801 and CompTIA A+ 220-802.  The first exam, 220-801, covers PC hardware, networking, laptops, printers and operational procedures.  The second exam, 220-802, covers operating systems, security, Android and iOS mobile devices, and troubleshooting.  
The 900 series is the updated version of the A+ exam.  The A+ exam is updated every three years in order to keep up with current trends and new technology.  The 900 series is also split up into two exams.  The first exam, 220-901 covers PC hardware, mobile device hardware, networking, and troubleshooting hardware.  The second exam, 220-902 covers operating systems such as Windows, iOS, Apple OS X, and Linux.
Depending on which exam you take, you will receive the A+ certification.  However, you must pass either both 220-801 and 220-802, or 220-901 and 220-902.  A person is not able to mix and match exams.  For example, you will not be certified if you pass 220-801, then pass 220-902.  If one decides to take the 800 series, one must complete both exams by June 30, 2016, which is when the 800 series will retire.  After that date, the 900 series will be only exam available.  Keep in mind that the exam must be retaken every three years in order to keep one's certification.

The tasks/activities?
These tasks and activities were created in courtesy of Professor Messor, a website that provides those looking to get certified with free content to aid them in their journey.
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How to get prepared for the exam?
There are several way to get prepared to the A+ exam.  It all depends on a person's learning style, time, effort, preference, and/or even budget.
One way to get prepared to the exam could be through certification.comptia.org, with their program called the CompTIA CertMaster A+.  The CertMaster A+ is an online tool that aids in preparing a person for the A+ exam.  The tool provides a person with sets of questions that test whether or not they understand the material.  The tests will adapt t0 a person's learning as they progress.  For example, the test will remove certain images or descriptions on questions it feels a person is capable of answering.  This test could be useful for those who want to learn with moderate effort.  The cost of this tool varies in bundles.  The first bundle includes either the CertMaster for CompTIA A+ 220-801 or CertMaster for CompTIA A+ for $139 each.  The next bundle includes the set of the CertMaster for both CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 for $249.  Finally, the last bundle includes a CompTIA A+ exam voucher, a free exam retake, and a Certmaster for either the 220-801 or the 220-802.  The license of the Certmaster lasts for one year, so depending on a person's effort and time, they will be able to get certified in that time frame.
The next way to prepare for the exam is to pay for an instructor-led course.  During the course, you will be able to learn all that you need about the A+ exam in a classroom setting.  One will learn how to handle computers with hands-on training.  When taking these classes, the course will last for five days, and will go over various lessons to prepare one for the exam.  The costs for these classes will cost about $2,495 through $2,745 depending when you register for the class.  The class will include hands-on learning, exam preparation, and one exam voucher.
The final way one could prepare for the exam is through self-study.  If one is motivated enough, he/she could pass the A+ exam all on his/her own.  This method of preparing for the exam probably requires the most effort because one must learn the materials on their own.  The costs for self-study vary depending on the materials one decides to use. There are many books and guides that one could purchase, which most cost roughly around $30-$50.  There are also free material online such as Professor Messor, 4Tests, and even Certification.CompTIA.org.  These sources provide free tests and practice exams, as well as videos on learning the material for the exam.  Depending on the person, one could be prepared to take the exam in as little as three months, depending on one's experience.

Where to take COMPTIA A+ exam in Milwaukee?
There are many locations to take the A+ exam in Milwaukee.  Here are three locations that I found were great locations.
UMOS, Inc.
2701 S. Chase Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
 
Milwaukee Area Technical College
700 West State Street
Room S215
Milwaukee, WI 53233
 
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin
334 W. Brown St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
 
How much does the exam cost?
The CompTIA Marketplace provides various options to pay for the A+ exam.
Basic Package
o    1 Exam voucher
    Cost - $199
Deluxe Package
o    1 Exam voucher
o    1 Free exam retake voucher
o    CertMaster Tool
    Cost - $297
Premier Package
o    1 Exam voucher
o    1 Free exam retake voucher
o    CertMaster Tool
o    $100 E-gift card
    Cost - $382

Preparing for COMPTIA A+ Certification in Milwaukee
As with any project, detailed research is a very important first step towards success. I believe that beginning with a solid foundation of studying and training is key. There are many tools available, both on and offline, that can prepare you for the journey. For this particular certification there is a vast assortment of books and practice tests available. Using internet search, you can find many retailers both locally and online that carry study guides. There is also a wealth of information online in blogs and forum post by people who have already taken the exams. The input from those who have passed and failed the exam can be very informative throughout this entire process.
Using the information from the above mentioned web findings, you can find a vast array of books and study guides to prepare for the A+ Certification exams. Of these books, there are three that were very highly recommended and well reviewed. The first is CompTIA All-in-One Exam Guide 8th Edition, written by Mike Meyers ($37.99). The second is CompTIA Certification for Dummies, written by Glen Clark ($20.79). The third well-reviewed book was CompTIA Certification Study Guide with Enhanced E-book, that is available electronically from Google Books ($39.99). These books were all similar in that they received rave reviews for being informative, clear, and easy to read / understand. Many of the users that had already passed the exams cited these books as being instrumental in their success.
In addition to the available study materials, practice exams are a great way to prepare for the certification exam. Practice exams come in many different formats, both on and offline. How in-depth the exams are and the material provided can vary greatly, similar to the cost. There are simple online exams such as the one found at www.aplus-certification-training.com. This site offers a simple assessment aimed at gauging overall knowledge of the exam. This can be taken without so much as even signing in or registering, however they also offer additional services. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the CertBlaster.com website has a much more in-depth offering, that includes a number off different exam sims, questions, answers, explanations, and custom feedback. This package is not free, and is offered at a cost of $159.00. The different exams should be thoroughly researched in order to chose one that most closely fits your particular needs.
Following the preparatory steps, the focus then turns to the specifics of the exam, and how, when, and where to take it. A huge factor to consider is cost. Beyond the costs already incurred for preparation, there are two exams needed for certification, and the cost of an exam is $199.00. Some companies do however offer discounted vouchers. GetCertified4Less.com, for example, offers vouchers at the discounted price of $179,00. While a coupon can be found at RetailMeNot.com for a 10% discount as well. The cost aside, the process of finding a specific location to take the exam is generally very easy. The CompTIA website has a exam location finder tool on their website. By simply providing an address, city and state, or zip code, you can obtain a list of the nearest exam locations.
When the research is completed, the steps of preparing for, scheduling, and completing the exam can be planned and executed. This may seem like the most straightforward part of the process, but there are still many variables and things to consider. At this step, laying out a detailed schedule and plan of action is key. Not only do you have to consider the steps directly tied into the completion of the exam, but also things outside of the process have to be considered and planned for. Outlining the details of preparing for and taking the exam in a specific schedule must be done. One must consider each step in sequence, as well as the cost, effort, and time each step will require.
The majority of the user reviews and tips mentioned how studying specifically for the exam is the key to passing. Personally I would place a great amount of time and energy preparing. I would allow myself a week's time of moderate effort to research the study guides in detail, to discover which would be the best purchase. The recommendations of study time varied from those who crammed the information in a weekend, to those who studied for four or more weeks. Considering my experience and familiarity, I feel that I could allow myself a period of three weeks to study and be prepared, setting aside a few hours each evening.
I would then turn my focus toward taking practice exams. Depending on my level of confidence, I would begin with some of the free practice exams to get an overall assessment of my knowledge at that point. If deemed necessary, I would look to some of the more intricate, and more costly practice exams, and use the included material to bolster my knowledge. In addition to the three week allowance for studying, I would allow myself an additional week to find and take practice exams, as well as study and reflect on the results.
In researching the local exam locations, I discovered that the exams are offered at a lot of different places. Milwaukee Area Technical College offers the exam in their testing center. The local chapter of the YMCA offers CompTIA exams as well. Even the non-profit community advocacy center UMOS, offers certification testing for the local area. Each location has certain days and times when testing is offered, but you must register in advance, no matter where you plan on testing. From the research I gathered, it is difficult to ascertain specifically how far in advance the exam must be scheduled. It is all dependent on when the exam is offered and how many people have registered at each specific location. Once I have obtained the financial considerations of the project, I would expect to schedule the exam within a five week window. That would allow a week to obtain study materials, three weeks to study, and an additional week for practice exams and related activities.

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Gillmor Gang: Blocktrain
This podcast by Steve Gillmor was pretty interesting to listen to it talked about the direction our country is going with race issues. I believe there low right now but I believe that every country has its ups and downs with their presidents. And right now is a low point for what A lot of americans believe things are unsubtle.My belief to this is that everything in this world eventually come to pass.

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I chose the IT Computer Support program because IT (information technology) is the future. I like having access to various resources by using the internet or networking on social media. As an IT Professional, I will utilize my IT skills while working in a Medical Facility/Office or Help Desk Support. The IT programs will also prepare you for jobs such as: support technician, help desk analyst, computer support specialist, software trainer, end user support specialist or technology specialist. I rely on the bus which is FREE by using my UPASS 7 days a week, each semester you are enrolled at MATC. Also, MATC offer student accommodations for anyone with special needs. The staff and students are very helpful & friendly at all MATC campuses.

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I chose the IT Computer Support program because IT (information technology) is the future. I like having access to various resources by using the internet or networking on social media. As an IT Professional, I will utilize my IT skills while working in a Medical Facility/Office or Help Desk Support. The IT programs will also prepare you for jobs such as: support technician, help desk analyst, computer support specialist, software trainer, end user support specialist or technology specialist. I rely on the bus which is FREE by using my UPASS 7 days a week, each semester you are enrolled at MATC. Also, MATC offer student accommodations for anyone with special needs. The staff and students are very helpful & friendly at all MATC campuses.

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I chose the IT Computer Support program because IT (information technology) is the future. I like having access to various resources by using the internet or networking on social media. As an IT Professional, I will utilize my IT skills while working in a Medical Facility/Office or Help Desk Support. The IT programs will also prepare you for jobs such as: support technician, help desk analyst, computer support specialist, software trainer, end user support specialist or technology specialist. I rely on the bus which is FREE by using my UPASS 7 days a week, each semester you are enrolled at MATC. Also, MATC offer student accommodations for anyone with special needs. The staff and students are very helpful & friendly at all MATC campuses.

I chose the IT Computer Support program because IT (information technology) is the future. I like having access to various resources by using the internet or networking on social media. As an IT Professional, I will utilize my IT skills while working in a Medical Facility/Office or Help Desk Support. The IT programs will also prepare you for jobs such as: support technician, help desk analyst, computer support specialist, software trainer, end user support specialist or technology specialist. I rely on the bus which is FREE by using my UPASS 7 days a week, each semester you are enrolled at MATC. Also, MATC offer student accommodations for anyone with special needs. The staff and students are very helpful & friendly at all MATC campuses.

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