What are some of the Top Information Technology Programs in Minnesota?

Posted on 2012-09-20
Last Modified: 2012-09-26
Can anybody Vouch for Top IT Training Programs in MN. Colleges or Continuing Education Programs. Preferably someone that went there, learned alot, and recommend or not recommend to others. Looking into Cisco, Microsoft Networking, and possible some Mobil software possibilities.

Question by:Gerbz
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    Usually schools break down the entire IT field into a couple categories as they do in the field:

    Networking (routers and switches)
    Administration (settings and configurations of server/client relations)
    Programming - (SHOOT ME NOW)
    IT management and business (more of a manager than an IT expert)
    Engineering of IT infrastructures - (Desing)
    IT security- (Security, an up and coming field)

    What field would you like to get into? Do you have funds for private school that will cost about $70k for four years?

    Here's is my thoughts. I have been in the fields of IT and Electronics Engineering for 30 years. I went to DeVry to get my IT degree as a piece of paper that says I am ready for promotion. Believe it or not, I was VERY IMPRESSED with their curriculum, instructors who had a lot of experience like me, small classes, AND the financial aid department. DeVry isn't highly respected by many at my current job. But, they have a better Job placement rate than Stanford University, and also are one of the ONLY institutions on the West side of the Rockys that are PMI (Project Management Institute) certified.  

    The University of Minnesota or St Paul college were other choices.

    The convenience of on-line schooling at DeVry allowed me to work while I was in school.

    Like I said, DeVry's degree doesn't seem to hold the weight they deserve in the IT profession.

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    Yes, I looked into Devry. Very expensive and alot of bad reviews. Im thinking MSU St. Paul. I already have generals close to done but I think it will take me 3 more years for a bachelor there. Im also looking into Dakato County College for continuing education with the CIsco field. 4000 for a week camp/class. I have a a network security degree which focused mostly on Cisco so I think I have a better foot hold on that and should pursue it further but problem is I dont work in the field so Im kinda at a mid life crisis. Hoping I will come to a decision soon
     Thanks for your input. How should I repost for more input?
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    Some IT departments, like the Department of Defense and other private businesses prefer certificates. Let's face it, IT is the most rapidly changing industry that you will experience. Medical field is a distant second to change. Certificates rapidly change with the industry. But, don't discount a degree. That gives you the infrastructure to succeed in IT.

    Experience - #1
    Degree/Certs- #2 & #3 depending upon the employer

    Self employed= Degree #1 and experience #2

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