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Technology College And Career

Blackboards to Whiteboards / Classroom to Computer

Author: Chris Cox

Technology. We're surrounded by it, infused with it and increasingly employed in it. And while technology could be defined as anything from digital toasters to NASA space probes, technology and the associated job opportunities are massive.

Opportunities begin with preparation. And preparation begins with education. And while technology opportunities look plentiful in 2011 and beyond, the best jobs and best paying jobs will belong to those best prepared.

Education.

In a highly competitive high tech world, getting a technology degree isn't just "smart", it's vital.

Going to college, for a class, a refresher course or full-blown degree, isn't just for "twenty-somethings" anymore. Whether you graduated 10, 20 or 30 years ago, going to college is now more affordable, more convenient and smart for any age group. In a highly-competitive high-tech world, getting a technology degree isn't just "smart", it's vital.

Fortunately, getting that degree has never been easier. From college campus to laptop computer, access to education is keyboard close or a short-drive to the nearest classroom. Some colleges offer a combination - on campus and computer - making it more convenient to schedules and life-style.

Alphabet Soup of Tech Choices

Todays on campus and online colleges offer a dizzying array of classes and degrees. No matter the area of technology chosen, there's a certificate or program available - Associates, Bachelor, Masters, Doctorate - to match your desire, needs and goals including:

*Technology Management *Computer Animation *Network Administrator *Software Engineering *Telecommunications *Graphic Design *Game Art *Electrical Engineering *Web Design...and more.

Time is Money

It's a fact, the more time you spend in school, the higher your educational accomplishments, the more money you'll likely make. Compare a non-degreed / non-college educated Technology Administration Coordinator where average annual salaries hover around $16,000, against average salaries for Bachelor and Masters degree holders:

  • Information Technology Specialist -- $65,000
  • Project Manager -- $75,000
  • General Engineer -- $74,000
  • Electronics Engineer -- $72,000
  • Mechanical Engineer -- $63,000
  • Java Developer -- $78,000
  • Program Analyst -- $64,000
  • Software Engineer -- $75,000

Speaking of Money

OK, so go to school, get a degree, make more money. Sounds great and it is. For many would-be college students, however, finding the money to attend school is an uphill battle. It doesn't have to be.

Not only is college more affordable than many believe, but the availability of government grants, scholarships and work-study programs, makes college more than a dream for many - even for the most cash-strapped among us.

Types of federal aid include Pell Grants, Graduate PLUS Loans, and Federal Stafford Loans. Millions of dollars in grants are laid-out each year by Uncle Sam and applicants on jumping-in. And FREE money doesn't stop there.

Some schools offer merit-based scholarships for entering students who've got a pre-existing academic or professional accomplishment. Regardless, even students without, can and do qualify for scholarships.

The good news is: "the money is there." So arm yourself with the proper questions, choose an accredited school, and the world of technology is yours. Complete some course work, get a certificate, or go all the way and earn an advanced degree. Do that and the world of great job choices could be yours as well.

On Campus vs. Online

Is it better to pursue college from class-room or the armchair at home or office? The best answer is - "it depends"...on lifestyle, schedule or logistics. Maybe it's better to "attend" school out of the area but one that offers the finest academic program.

Online advantages are practically unlimited, especially when pursuing technology classes or degrees where computers are the tool of choice and life-line to everything academic. Add to that, video instruction, online testing, podcasts, white-boarding, online inter-action with other students, and you've got the bases covered.

Maybe you're a person who needs instructor "face time" or perform better in a brick and mortar environment. The good news is that colleges are catering to working adults who need greater flexibility. Night classes, weekend classes or condensed study programs are also available.

So What's Next?

If you've decided that college attendance is something that will improve your life, job opportunities or self-esteem, there's a resource that's worth the cost of admission. In fact, it's absolutely FREE. A full-blown resource that will help you find the best schools, the best scholarships or grants, and the best opportunity for meeting your career goals. On campus or online.

Think of it as "technology for technology"

It's College and Career Guide.com. Spend a few minutes, respond to some key fact-finders and you''ll see a range of schools, degrees and financial aid programs, aimed at putting you on the fast track to classes, programs, certificates and degrees in technology.

Think of it as "technology for technology"

If you're a person not quite ready to attend school now but will in the future, Just click here. It will help keep you updated with new information, new schools and new programs...all aimed at keeping you in touch with leading colleges and technology programs.

Time and technology wait for no man or woman. Engage opportunity now.

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