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    Would appreciate your insights

    (I hope I am allowed to post this here. )

    I wanted to do a course with this company.

    http://www.homeed.com/Courses/default.aspx

    Before shelling out a lot of $$, I would like to have your opinions.
    Has anyone done a course from here or other similar online website?

    This is the course I plan to do.

    http://www.homeed.com/Network-Plus-S...echnician.aspx

    I have a University education but got my degrees many,many years ago.
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    not from this site, but my DSIL got his BA degree from a small college in NH while living in MN. my daughter goes to college locally but takes many of the courses online. it's a great way to get an education in the comfort of your home. good luck to you.
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    Ranger ... As a fellow Canuck, I have seen lots of advertising for them on the TV of late and have no idea, whether they are good, bad or indifferent.

    If it were me, the questions I would wanting to have answered would be ...
    * how are degrees/courses via this method received in the work place?
    * would I be employable as a result?
    * who has successfully completed their courses?
    .... and more!

    If it were me, I'd be doing some legwork to find out what reputation they have.
    Contact potential employers and find out.
    Ask others working in this field.
    Are they listed in the MacLeans listings when they rate universities?
    And I'm sure there's other ways to find out more about them.

    Online education certainly is expanding and being well received by employers. However, from what I know, most of them have been linked to recognized universities.

    Not that this organization is not given as much credibility ... I'd just do my research and know before investing my $$ and time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Ranger ... As a fellow Canuck, I have seen lots of advertising for them on the TV of late and have no idea, whether they are good, bad or indifferent.

    If it were me, the questions I would wanting to have answered would be ...
    * how are degrees/courses via this method received in the work place?
    * would I be employable as a result?
    * who has successfully completed their courses?
    .... and more!

    If it were me, I'd be doing some legwork to find out what reputation they have.
    Contact potential employers and find out.
    Ask others working in this field.
    Are they listed in the MacLeans listings when they rate universities?
    And I'm sure there's other ways to find out more about them.

    Online education certainly is expanding and being well received by employers. However, from what I know, most of them have been linked to recognized universities.

    Not that this organization is not given as much credibility ... I'd just do my research and know before investing my $$ and time!

    Good Luck!
    Yes, I also saw their ads on TV.

    You've raised lots of valid points.
    I will certainly ask lots of questions and check employers.
    There are a couple of local places where I would like to apply for a job, so I will contact those and see what they know about this school.

    Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ranger View Post
    Yes, I also saw their ads on TV.

    You've raised lots of valid points.
    I will certainly ask lots of questions and check employers.
    There are a couple of local places where I would like to apply for a job, so I will contact those and see what they know about this school.

    Thanks again.
    Some more thoughts .... are they basically a maritimes based group?
    The ads I have seen have all been on CBC-NL.
    I noticed on their site that they are based in NS.

    Also, when I was on the site the pop up came that you could chat directly with someone ... you could go on there and ask lots of questions!

    If they are big in the maritimes, you should be able to find out lots as to how they have been received locally. Of course, with the wonders of the internet, their client base may not be at all in the maritimes!
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    "Of course, with the wonders of the internet, their client base may not be at all in the maritimes!"

    Ain't that the truth!!
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    I do not know about for profit schools in Canada, but in the U. S., there have been a lot of problems. Because the U. S. government helps subsidize higher education, especially for veterans, a lot of the schools are not in business to educate, just to collect fees/tuition. Check out the graduation rates, drop out/incomplete rates, etc. Also check to see employment of graduates. Everyone knows getting a job these days is not easy, but is attending this school helpful. Hope it works out. If I could have been a student all my life, I would have.
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    We have a State, Vocational, Educational and Accreditation Board (VETAB) where we could make initial inquiries. Do you not have a similar Government body? If not, I would recommend getting in touch with a number of well-known universities in your country to see what staff at those institutions had to say. I would also get in touch with a central law or lawyers organisation to see if there was much litigation against the company.

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    Contact the Department of Education of Nova Scotia to learn about this school. Do they recognize the diploma/ would the degree be accepted by an employer or for future education in a different school or university etc...

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    If it is for personal growth that is one thing but if it is for furthering your education or building for andother degree...research it thoroughly. My DD took and associates degree program from a nationally accredited online school. When she went to start her BA she found out that NONE of her credits would transfer as Florida community colleges and universities ONLY accept REGIONALLY accredited programs. She is starting all over! BUT the bright side is the knowledge she obtained can't be taken away!

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    If they aren't accredited by your province, don't go near it! Lots of fake things out there, so do your homework, and do it first, before calling.
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    Here's my experience with that particular employment field. I took the MCSE (microsoft certified systems engineer) from a brick & mortar school but similar to that which you are looking online. I am not degreed. Don't know about the employment status in Canada, but here in the US, especially in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, the bottom mostly dropped out of the IT market from an employment perspective after 9/11. I, of course, completed my program weeks after 9/11. School was supposed to help with employment. That didn't happen. Because of our proximity to NYC, there were far too many tech types that were forced to work for salaries far, far less than they had been being paid in NY. The closest I was ever able to get to a computer-related position was a phone tech support and that was as a contractor. Most all computer tech positions are now (at least here in the states) are being relegated to 'call centers'. If that is the type position and environment you want to work in; the school checks out; you can afford it; the job market is there, then go for it. But I would check out the employability of the certification before spending lots of $$. Good luck.

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    Good advice from all. Do make sure that any credits you earn are acceptable and transferrable should you decide to contine in a degree program. Some schools are up front with their transferrability; others not. Good luck.

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    Hi Ranger.

    My dh has a tech company in Victoria BC. He would not hire someone to work as a network or system admin based on an online course.

    Why? In part because the work is hands on. You have to be able to trouble shoot a network from the routers and firewalls through to the desk tops. You have to be able to map a system, build it from the ground up and maintain it. You cannot book learn how to do it. It is hands on work.

    His senior sysadmin has a computer science degree, with 12 years of hands on experience.

    Both his sysadmins build their own computers and can tear them apart and rebuild them at a moments notice. They can splice cables, rebuild UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply), program routers, firewalls and managed power bars.

    I wish you luck in your field of study, but please make sure you get some hands on experience. Maybe there is a co-op program you can apply to.
    Attending University. I will graduate a year after my son and year before my daughter.

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    I would like to thank all those that replied with their ideas, information and encouragement.
    It does my soul good to see so many people willing to help others.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    It looks like I will be doing a lot of research before making a decision.
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