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#1 MaddawgTL

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 07:30 PM

I have just been accepted into ITT Tech,are they any good or am I just spending money for no good reason? I'm studying to be either an network admin or the mobile communication tech.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 04:33 AM

Depends on the teacher and how much extra work you put in when not in class. Networking and computers are a constantly evolving thing, but the fundamentals of networking are still pretty much the same as they have always been since the inception of network, with the addition of new protocols. Personally, I feel you can never have enough information and education in this regard. I started studying networking on my own, and then took the classes to be able to ask the questions I still had when I couldn't learn or understand it all on my own. Turned out, I knew pretty much everything they taught me in class, but I still enjoyed the class and learned somethings that I never had known before taking them, such as the OSI model, and a better understanding of subnetting.

Computers are one of those things that you have to do the tasks continuously to retain a lot of the info though, as not any one person can sit a class and know everything there is to know, so be all means, take the class, but know that to understand and learn it, you need to practice it on a regular basis as well if you want to be proficient in it.

Courses I enjoyed the most, were the networking and cisco based classes, and classes I loathed the most, were my MCSA/MCSE classes. Not that I don't understand windows, but Microsoft just does some things, that after having a cisco class, see counter productive, or even, completely backwards from the way you would network things in cisco devices. That said, pay attention, and suck up everything you can like a sponge and above all, practice everything you learn, and don't be afraid to speak up when you don't understand something. If you're paying to be educated, be sure to participate and ask questions, or it only hurts yourself in the long run. Don't think you know everything, because you will find out, there is always something to learn, even for seasoned geeks.
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 10:02 AM

I have at least 3 people who work here in this it department that go there and 2 that teach there, however people that go there have told me that there is something funny with the acredidation and it was "not worth the cost of attending" I was also told your credits wont transfer. But I havent verified that.
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Posted 18 August 2011 - 09:12 AM

Thank you for the replies. Is there some good websites out there that can help me in anyway like with linux,networks and other stuff? All that I have access to right now is my netbook and whatever hot spots I can find,plus the netbook is running mint linux so I'm not completely dumb about things,just very newbish.

Thanks for any help.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 12:24 PM

lots of video tutorials around the web and plenty of downloadable text materials too. Security Tube has a wifi megaprimer available for download, which is a huge volume of information, not to mention the rest of their videos in general. If you want basic through advanced networking, start with learning how ethernet, subnetting, and the OSI model work, then learn about the ports and protocols, services, and authentication methods used in different services, requirements for firewalls, port forwarding, etc.

If you want to get into networking and taking classes, personally, I would skip ITT tech, and look into schools in your area, even community colleges or vocational/tech schools other than ITT, that teach Comptia's Network+, as well as Cisco CCNA classes. Those two right there, would do anyone well to learn networking, and while you might think you know how all that works, I can guarantee there are things you would have never even thought of or knew about. Then go in for the Microsoft MCSA stuff, which will teach you everything you ever want to know about setting up Active Directory, Domains and Domain Controllers, DHCP and DNS servers. They also get into Exchange servers, but personally, I hated learning exchange, and to this day, will not touch the stuff. Biggest pain in the ass. Ever. But definitely check out Network+, CCNA, and MCSA reading materials, whatever you can get your hands on, and if possible, classes on those three. That will more than prime you for any other avenue of IT, like entry to security and such. Have to learn to walk before you can run basically.
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Posted 18 August 2011 - 11:30 PM

I'm an ITT Tech student and i must admit, i have mixed feelings. They have some great teachers, but the way they tell them to teach hinders the students a lot. Ive learned a lot and will continue to learn (CNS to ISS). I feel its worth it.
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Posted 19 August 2011 - 08:01 AM

Hmmm,well right now I have limited choices for schools in this area. Well I guess I will just have to do the self teaching thing again,learning how to run linux on my netbook,learning to fix my old desktop system and trying to not blow stuff up. >:)

One last thing,what would be a good linux distro to learn and work with,something that will help with IT work?

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 08:06 AM

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Hmmm,well right now I have limited choices for schools in this area. Well I guess I will just have to do the self teaching thing again,learning how to run linux on my netbook,learning to fix my old desktop system and trying to not blow stuff up. >:)

One last thing,what would be a good linux distro to learn and work with,something that will help with IT work?

Since you have some linux experience I would suggest archlinux that way you have to do all the setup yourself. You will really be able to get your hands dirty setting it up. No gui install. Then run some servers to play with maybe play with iptables, setup and manage vpns. Etc.
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Posted 19 August 2011 - 12:57 PM

ITT uses Fedora for its 2 linux server classes. I hate it but i deal. (Mr Ubuntu)
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Posted 21 September 2011 - 01:58 PM

Sorry to necro a topic but which certifications should I go for?

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 10:27 AM

I went to ITT for a year or so and I have to say it was extremely expensive and I don't think the debt I accumulated was worth it. I like the atmosphere of ITT but it's a lot of money. I sat in on several computer science classes at a community college and I noticed the teachers had the same credentials at the comm college and at IT, most were ex-network/system admin's who got tired of the grind and started teaching. Their security program was really popular but the teachers didn't really have a security background which made me think rip off. Be sure to do your research.

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 12:21 AM

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I never attended there but I was looking into their security programs. For an associates degree it would be 48,000 bucks. You could get a four year degree at a 4 year campus for that. Or do what I am doing and be a floater around you local colleges. I am getting an associates in network administration,an associates in programming, an associates in web authorizing. Then in about a year and a half I am taking it to get my security degree in one of the top ten greatest security schools in the nation.(i believe rated 4 or 10) The only problem with doing what I am doing is 21 credit hours a week and trying to study for certifications on the side. In this field school never ends, my grandfather worked was the lead network administrator the largest phone service provider in the United States and he had to to Iceland every few years for months at a time just to learn new systems.....

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 02:11 PM

Congrats on admission, however I would advise against enrolling. As people have said, It is too expensive for what you are getting. Your money would be better spent at a 4-year university instead of a for-profit school from which your credits WILL NOT TRANSFER.

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 07:10 PM

My old manager who was a excellent SysAdmin decided to go thinking it would help legitimize him for moving up the management tree. His first frustration was even with years of experience he had to start at entry level courses and pay for them. I couldn't believe what the place costs. I have been involved with music education for a long time and think the same thing applies how good a school is is up to you. You have to throw yourself into school look for others to hang with with same level of interest and if there are office hours with instructors find the good ones and ask and learn. Go home have a lab and continue to experiment. Find places to volunteer and get some real world experience. While in school live and breath your major its only for a year or two.


As someone who has been on the interview process at all the places I've worked being about to talked about issues and how you resolved them means more than schooling. Showing that you can think on your feet is what potential employers want to hear.

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 01:13 PM

As someone who has been on the interview process at all the places I've worked being about to talked about issues and how you resolved them means more than schooling. Showing that you can think on your feet is what potential employers want to hear.


This is true, but it actually goes back and fourth like a three-way tug-of-war between certifications, experience and schooling...
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Posted 02 December 2011 - 07:00 PM

ITT TECH is by far the worst college ever i spent in total 4 years in that worthless peice of shit and didnt learn a godam thing

i majored in Information System Security , and Data Forensics Analysis i wasted in total over $20k+ for nothing


However you may learn something but then again you may not this is coming from my side and not yours , This may be a good thing for you to do however ITT TECH is pathetic



in the course of over the 4 years i went there we had 3 deans get fired , half the teachers dont know what the fuck there even teaching

But enough of my ranting i hope you learn something mate

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 06:31 PM

I agree that some teachers aren't very brilliant... i got lucky enough to get some pretty epic teachers.
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 12:04 AM

I agree that some teachers aren't very brilliant... i got lucky enough to get some pretty epic teachers.

I go there and you can learn allot if you actually study and do the work but the grading system is set up so if you show up and do the in class assignments no matter what you do on the test and finals you will at least pass with a c average which i don't believe its right. i am tutoring some of my fellow students and some of them can't even create a folder on their flash drive to keep it organized. This is no joke and he is passing with a b average and still has not learned anything by his own admission.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 02:24 PM

I can attest to that also, I'm holding an A average and to me it seems easy but there are others who are struggling to maintain a B average. Maybe it is because I'm trying and reading the books and using Google and YouTube on stuff I do not understand. Or maybe it is just cause I want a better job than pushing carts at Walmart, who knows.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 02:17 PM

I can attest to that also, I'm holding an A average and to me it seems easy but there are others who are struggling to maintain a B average. Maybe it is because I'm trying and reading the books and using Google and YouTube on stuff I do not understand. Or maybe it is just cause I want a better job than pushing carts at Walmart, who knows.


This is the main issue as to why people struggle. Helping adults learn when they don't want to put in a full effort is... difficult at best. Also, since ITT is a private college its made for making money, IE its a business. ITT sells on giving people chances to make career changes and a lot (most) of these people who get these ideas sold to them aren't cut out for working with computers.
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