“A survey of 6,000 information technology (IT) professionals indicates 94% of employers believe micro-certifications give entry-level candidates an advantage.”

–Rasmussen College

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IT certifications are often necessary even for experienced professionals in the field to stay current with technological advances. Regardless of your IT career stage having the right credentials can make you more competitive as a job seeker or as a professional trying to advance to a better-paying and more responsible position.

NuPaths focuses on supporting your career success, whether you’re beginning your career, transitioning to a career in IT or advancing your IT career by:

  • Guiding you toward the right IT certifications for a specific IT role
  • Preparing you to pass IT certification exams
  • Providing a certificate of completion based on established criteria
  • Offering college credits for options to continue your education
  • Supporting your career exploration or advancement

If you’re considering entering the IT field, don’t let a lack of computer science degree hold you back.  There are many ways to get into IT. Some have a computer science degree, but some have a liberal arts degree and gain hands-on experience and IT credentials with certifications. Others forego a degree completely and earn IT certifications to develop very specific technical skills to launch their IT career.

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Certifications

You’ll earn industry certifications from organizations like Microsoft, CompTIA, Cisco, Adobe, and others.  These software companies and industry associations oversee the certification process, which requires candidates pass a certification exam.

Certifications prove to employers that you are qualified to perform a particular job. If you’re a junior-level employee, IT certifications provide résumé-worthy IT skills that can differentiate you from other candidates. If you’re an experienced employee, certifications help you continually grow and adapt your skill set to fit the changing IT landscape.

Certificate of Completion

You’ll receive a certificate of completion from NuPaths and Harrisburg University of Science & Technology when you achieve the following:

  • Complete the series of courses for an IT role.
  • Attend all of the scheduled level up workshops.
  • Pass at least 50% of the IT certification exams for a role.

The certificate of completion shows employers that you completed a training program focused on a specific IT role.

College Credits

Whether or not you plan to continue your formal education immediately after completing NuPaths, you’ll earn college credits that you can apply toward a college degree when you’re ready to do so.

“70% of Americans who have pursued a Bachelor’s degree qualify as nontraditional students.”

–Business Wire, Inc.

Nontraditional students are college students who delay enrollment after high school by at least a year, attend part-time for at least part of the academic year, work full-time time while enrolled or have dependents other than a spouse.

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Internship

“Students graduating with internship experiences, in general, are more likely than students without those experiences to find employment.”

–NACE Journal

An internship with a prospective employer is a way for you to bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace. It can provide valuable experience for your career development, become a milestone on your resume, and lead to full-time employment.

NuPaths connects with employers to generate internship opportunities for students.  And, while an internship is not a requirement for completing a role-based curriculum with NuPaths, it is recommended for career beginners or those transitioning to the IT field from another discipline.

According to the College Employment Research Institute’s 2015-2016 Recruiting Trends Report Brief, 71% of employers provide paid internships.

Job

Tech jobs are everywhere!  IT is at the core of much of today’s business, education and government operations.  And, the location from which you work can often be flexible.  There are many IT jobs where you can work remotely from any location, with or without infrequent visits to an office.  IT really is an amazing field with a growing variety of opportunities.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts continued above-average job growth for the technology sector over the next several years. Employment of people working in IT occupations is expected to grow 12% from 2014 through 2024.

NuPaths cannot guarantee students a job after completing the courses, passing the IT certification exams and producing the capstone project.  But, NuPaths stays engaged with employers in order to direct you to employment opportunities.  And, Level Up Workshops provide guidance and experience with networking, résumé writing, interviewing and communication to help you find the right job for you.

Career Foundation

IT skills are the foundation for any successful career today.  Regardless of what direction your career takes, the IT skills you develop in a NuPaths’ role will serve you throughout your career.  Technology has become the language of business and the more you understand and can talk that language, the more successful you’ll be.  Whether you become a company CEO, an Executive Director for a non-profit or an entrepreneur, your technology skills will increase your efficiency and productivity.

“60% of organizations surveyed by DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board indicated it was common for job applicants to lack the technology skills important for success in their career, with half reporting a tech skills deficit in their current employee base. 84% claimed employees who know how to use the right tech tools in their fields are more effective.”

–Business Wire, Inc.

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