The other thing about it is that I can lead through example. I can demonstrate how important an education is to my kids and anyone else paying attention. This experience will show that while you may know a lot, you don't know everything. If you thought I knew computers now, wait until this is all said and done!
I chose ITT because it seemed the logical choice for the type of work I do. There are classes within classes that will get me certified for soldering circuits and prepped to pass the A++ test. They seem real gung ho about getting you a career. I mean that, the guy in the career center is a Marine and very experienced recruiter for companies. They not only will help me write a great resume and give interview pointers; they will seek out employers who may be interested in me while I take classes and/or after graduation. I'm talking companies like Austal, EADS, and other large companies.
It’s not going to be easy but it will be manageable. For this quarter my classes are Thursday 6-10PM, Wednesday 6-9:30PM, and Saturday 9AM-1:30PM. Not bad! It's a full time gig. Each class is divided into three separate mini classes and a lab. My class size is around 15-20 students. They will start us off brushing up on math skills and introduction to technology.
The cost for this degree is around $48k, but I was lucky enough to get grants and federal school loans. When it’s done I will have scheduled payments for the rest of my life. I'd like to thank the American tax payer for making this possible and I won't let ya down! Everything is included like books, admin fees, and even the cap and gown.
Classes start next week...It will be far from easy. There are a lot of hard days ahead of me. My only regret about this decision is that it's taken me this long.
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