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Posted - 05/02/2013 :  13:27:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I thought about placing this in Other Topics but the 3 posts there don't seem to get a lot of attention.

I've been trying to locate what are called votech high schools that are MS IT Academy partners, which teach SQL Server. I cannot afford 'for profit' schools and votechs like PTEC are extremely affordable plus do a great job in many instances. MS does not track which IT Academys teach what so it's been extremely difficult to locate any that teach SQL.

However, a few votech high schools nearby will be offering MTA certifications in web programming classes that will get me prepared for Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Exam 98-364 - Database Fundamentals.

So my dilemna. First, I'm aware all education is self education. I was in a program w/covered SQL where the teacher did not know SQL. The school closed the class. I'm convinced an IT Academy school will speed my progress immensely. So straight comparison: if you thought you couldn't afford MCSA classes, how useful do you think the 98-364 will be? I'm thinking of immediately starting the 461, 462, etc. as soon as I can afford them.

I'm also thinking the web programming classes will get me through C##, etc. which I'd have to tackle anyway (in the grad degree I'm considering) and should help me w/better positions so I can afford expensive SQL classes. But it will take a year, maybe less.

What do you think?

Bustaz Kool
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Posted - 05/02/2013 :  18:14:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Your ideas intrigue me and, yes, I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

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Edited by - Bustaz Kool on 05/02/2013 18:16:18
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