Working with a tool kit that would fit as easily in a backpack and a hardware testing area, Connor Dawkins sets to work.
Dawkins, a student in a Cisco CCENT class at I am I.T. Training, has a background in armed security and is pursuing a career in guarding our data and digital life.
Putting new technology in the hands of Memphians has revealed new opportunities for learning. With thousands of tech jobs available in the Bluff city, there is no better time to arm yourself with the knowledge and skills to pursue an IT career.
At I am I.T., CompTIA and Cisco instructor Antoinette Miller shows students how to configure Cisco enterprise equipment. A vital skill for those installing and maintaining the equipment that keeps businesses online.
The Bluff City has over 2,000 help desk and networking jobs unfilled as of this month. The costs of outsourcing has increased and companies are bringing these jobs back home.
Moving from untrained to trained is a large step. Miller said her students are working toward Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician certification. They began with a course preparing them for the CompTIA A+ certification, an entry-level designation for service technicians.
“It’s a lot of work, but it prepares you for a great career path,” says Daryl Barron, a student that recently accomplished his Cisco CCNA certification “We have learned about everything from IP addressing and operating systems to installing routers and securing data.”