Why Get A Certification

Why Get A Certification

Howdy, howdy!! It’s your local tech newbie again! Since I have gotten into the workforce training industry, peers and students always question the importance of certifications. I myself once did, but now see the importance. Studying to become a project manager has not only opened my eyes to new ways of thinking; but setting a standard so anyone can pick up where I leave off!

I will always champion for project managers, but we tend to be bias towards other things when we are partial to somethingJ! IT Security is quickly becoming my 1A, because its so much more than safe guarding key info. Its fun things like setting up secure networks, cloud computing and even hacking back in self-defense! I mean if hacking somebody back isn’t cool, I don’t think you have a pulseJ!

Getting back to my question however, certifications simply show that you have a sound foundation and that you are leader amongst the crowd! I do not want to discredit self-learning through platforms like YouTube for instance. Yet the learner, will be more apt to take the tutorials from people that are not only knowledgeable but CREDENTIALED. Certifications just gives people that extra bit of confidence that you know what you are doing. So to really get off to the right foot in the IT Security sector let’s take a look at some of the industry leaders.

CompTIA www.comptia.org has been in the training industry for well over 20 years. Give N Go serves as a training academy partner with CompTIA and we have been connected to other thought leaders and education providers. Their Security+ certification has set the global standard and are recognized by entities like Apple, IBM and the department of defense. They have made it easy for new upstarts like us to gain a strong foothold, with something that is industry supported.

Cisco Systems www.cisco.com is another entity that has well over 20 years’ experience in this field. They offer the Cisco Networking Academy to interested training bodies and educational institutions. Cisco is unique due to them building the networking systems for 90% of major corporations globally! The CCNA Security certification has some of the same fundamental principles as their competitor mentioned above, but have a few nuances. Their certification will also get you recognized by same organizations.

Come train with us today at www.givengo.org! We offer competitive pricing on our IT security library and you will get trained by our partner LearnSmart www.learnsmartsystems.com has created courses from individuals that hold these certifications but even more! So come by our site and join the ride today!

Information Security

Information Security

In today’s fast paced technology world, one thing has become evident as I move forward with learning this stuff. Securing personal information, is more important than ever before. Technology only makes it easier and easier for us to engage with the business community as consumers. This new level of ease has given us a false sense of security as we shop on the World Wide Web. Organizations have not properly prepared themselves to protect their client base leaving a back door, for cyber criminals to run rampant.

Due to the unpreparedness this has created two unique things, which are a skills gap and demand for more information security analyst. This dynamic field will only continue to thrive and evolve as new tech is created. Give N Go has created T.E.C.H. Connect to help in the fight of true digital literacy. This current generation has the opportunity to be the greatest society has ever seen. As their guides to tomorrow it is our job, to properly educate them in this digital landscape. We have foolishly convinced ourselves, into thinking that today’s youth are technology natives because they know how to loosely use social media tools.

True and sustainable knowledge comes from learning environments that engages students in real world experiences. This generation of youth and young adults are kinesthetic learners more so than groups in the past. It is our job as leaders within the sector to train tomorrow’s trail blazers, here locally within the great US of A! If you are a tech professional and have free time start a STEM club at a local school. If you do not know where to start but have the time and drive please visit our site at www.givengo.org. We are always looking for volunteers and have opportunities available!

 

Below are some great points about becoming a Information Security Analyst. Also we have listed a few topics that we cover with our students. Study and train with us and get a free CompTIA Security+ exam voucher. If you do not want to go after the CompTIA certification you will be ready to go after any standardized information security test! Train with us today!!

Course Topics

  1. 10 Security Concerns for Cloud Computing
  2. Physical Security
  3. How to Avoid a Cyber Disaster
  4. Protecting Your Network with Authentication and Cryptography
  5. Securing Communications
  6. Cloud Computing Security
  7. Cybersecurity Necessities: A Firewall, Antivirus, and a Well-Trained Workforce
  8. Hacking Back in Self-Defense

Fun facts

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there were over 88K jobs opening in 2014 and there will be an 18% increase between the years of 2014-2024.
  • The national median is $88,000 also from the bureau too!

 

Technology Entrepreneurship Coding Hub

Technology Entrepreneurship Coding Hub

 

Give N Go(GNG) is expanding awareness in the thriving technology field, by decreasing the “digital divide”. We help people do three simple things by increasing their knowledge base by growing their ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information.  Next the ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers. Lastly a person’s ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment. Literacy includes the ability to read and interpret media, to reproduce data and images through digital manipulation, and to evaluate and apply new knowledge gained from digital environments.

Give N Go’s workforce development T.E.C.H Connect program combines intensive classroom and field training on the world’s most cutting-edge technologies. Each program offers a highly structured curriculum designed to accelerate your skills training, enabling you to effectively transition into a permanent role within the public and private sectors upon the completion of our program. You will have the opportunity to be trained by field and subject matter experts specific to your desired career path. Graduates who are motivated to increase their depth and breadth of technical expertise are ideal candidates for these classes. Successful participants are those who are open to and excited by on-the-job training and hands-on work experiences. We are able to cater our programs to any age group or demographic. Outside of developing tomorrow’s talent, we more importantly develop hearts! Our primary target ages 16-28 are, with a high emphasis placed on underserved populations. Listed below are sample descriptions of some of our course offerings.

Information Technology Project ManagementHighly knowledgeable and skilled persons are needed to deliver impactful results for rapid growth.   Tomorrow’s leaders employ skills and techniques that can be used to initiate, plan, organize, staff, guide, monitor and control a successful project.

New & Interactive Media – The forms of communicating in the digital world, which includes publishing on CDs, DVDs and, most significantly, over the Internet. It implies that the user obtains the material via desktop and laptop computers, smartphones and tablets.

Mobile Engineering- Mobile Engineering focuses on creating native experiences designed specifically for mobile operating systems and the hardware they run on. Mobile developers create tactile apps that leverage internet connectivity, content capture functionality and hardware-specific features.

Data Science- Data Science focuses on using programming to find, extract, clean, analyze, and present data. Data developers work with researchers, statisticians, and developers from other disciplines to draw intelligence from data.

Front End Engineering- Front End Engineering focuses on creating experiences in web browsers that users see and interact with. The discipline covers a broad area, from web design principles to complex JavaScript applications that manage data.

Back End Engineering- Back End Engineering focuses on the logic and database needs required to run and scale web applications. Back End products combine databases, APIs, and user interface frameworks. Backend developers deploy fully formed products to the cloud, integrate with online services, and enable mobile and front end applications.

PC Technician-In this new fast paced technology environment, there is an even greater demand for cutting edge machines. Technicians assist individuals with day-to-day computer use, including installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of software, hardware, networking, and other aspects of personal computing.

Networking Systems- An individual who oversees the operations of a computer network has a vital role in any business or organization. Network management and administration refers to all of the activities associated with designing, building, monitoring, and maintaining computer and telecommunication networks.

My Plunge Into Tech Project Management

My Plunge Into Tech Project Management

 

Hello my name is Jerry Hayes. I will begin writing a series of blogs detailing my new professional life, as I dive into technology! First let me tell you a little about myself first though, before we start our journey. I am a husband to a beautiful and awesome wife, we met a while ago during our school years. The beginning of my professional career out of college has focused on the finance industry. For the first few years, I was very scattered looking for a home. I finally landed with the investment industry leader and to give you a hint the founder is the father of the mutual fund. After serving in various roles within the company, I had the privilege of being a part of a project team that launched the philanthropic arm here in Charlotte, NC. During that time my interests shifted to wanting to working in the nonprofit sector.

In 2009 Give N Go NPO was founded in Charlotte NC and in 2012 I ended my tenure in the finance sector. Ever since then Give N Go(GNG) has had its share of ups & downs, but finally has gained a foot hole with technology. I myself for instance am now studying to gain my project management certification, which is a very high demand job. Before doing this however, over the past year and a half we have been working on a program coined T.E.C.H Connect (Technology Entrepreneurship Coding Hub). The initiatives sole focus is workforce development for all underserved populations ages 16-28. It has turned into my personal mission to equip youth within the US, beginning in the southern region with access to coding courses for little to no cost. Being a product of the American education system, we are not preparing today’s learner for broader opportunities. Boarders are now being expanded like never before with the internet!

Every week I will begin sharing some of my ups & downs as I gain traction in this fast paced tech industry! Check out my site www.givengo.org for updates and deep discounts on our course offerings. Lastly here is a quick video on what T.E.C.H Connect is! Thanks and see you again soon!

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How to Help Your CEO Succeed at Major Gifts

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Too often we encounter a Director of Development or an MGO who is just exasperated with the CEO or Executive Director of their nonprofit because they don’t want anything to do with major gifts. Richard and I hear story after dreadful story from development professionals like you who feel they are leaving hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars on the table because their CEO or ED will not do their job.

Five Ways to Help Your Nonprofit Learn

Five Ways to Help Your Nonprofit Learn

For a company to stay competitive, it must understand its customers’ wants and needs, and adapt products to suit them. Sounds obvious, right? Seemingly, the same model should apply to nonprofits. But the social sector often lacks that vital piece—feedback about the quality of products and services—that is so important to a business. (If customers don’t like a product, they won’t pay for it!.