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March Madness


Let LearnKey give you a T-Shirt!

In an effort to capitalize on the excitement of March Madness, Learnkey has decided to offer a series of promotions culminating in a massive one day only never before seen slobberknocker of a deal that will astonish our clients, and accountants alike!

Without any further fuss, let’s get this party started!

March 18 : First Round
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For full details and to follow the event check out our March Madness page.

Fun(ded) With Perkins

Educators struggling for funds to provide proper instructional experiences to their students, may be able to rely on a Perkins Grant for some of their needs.  The Perkins Grant, outlined in the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998, provides funding for school districts and community colleges.  The purpose of the funding is fourfold:

  1. to build on the efforts of states and localities to develop challenging academic standards;
  2. to promote the development of services and activities that integrate academic, vocational and technical instruction and that link secondary and postsecondary education;
  3. to increase state and local flexibility to provide services and activities; and
  4. to disseminate national research and to provide professional development and technical assistance that will improve vocational and technical education programs.

It is the fourth purpose where LearnKey’s library of vocational, and technical education videos can prove invaluable to a school or district seeking funding.  

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CompTIA A+ Transition from 2006 to 2009

The CompTIA A+ 2006 exams expires on February 28, 2010.  I repeat, if you are studying for 220-601, 602, 603, or 604 you have no more than 20 days from the day of this blog post to take and pass the exams.  After this date the only acceptable exams will be the 2009 series.   (220-701, 702)

Potential Certifiers who have not begun studying yet, or are only getting started should begin with the 2009 exams, but this should come as a wake up call to any who have been preparing and studying and were just waiting to feel ready.

If your school is a member of CompTIA’s Education to Careers (E2C) program, the A+ 2006 exam expiration date is extended to July 31, 2010.  Otherwise, time is almost up.

CompTIAs Certification Renewal Program

CompTIA recently announced plans to require a certification renewal program for individuals certified in A+, Network+, and/or Security+. Previously these three have been lifetime certifications, meaning for example the A+ certification I obtained in 2000 is still valid today. This “certified for life” has been challenged by a perception that certified individuals may not be up to date on the latest technology. Wireless technology for example has changed drastically in the past ten years.
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Photoshop Tricks and Tips

LearnKey is known for offering high quality training videos to help people who want certification, or simply want to enhance their skill set.  One of the training packages of which we are most proud is the Adobe Creative Suite which includes the ever popular Photoshop. We are, of course, eager to provide you with the complete Photoshop training program which you can purchase on our Photoshop CS4 Online Training page.  

If you are just looking for some quick ideas to enhance your Photoshop abilities check out the Photoshop Tricks series we have on our YouTube page.

Photoshop CS4 File Formats

Photoshop CS4 Photo Retouching

Photoshop CS4 Image Adjustments

Photoshop CS4 Preparing for Output

Photoshop CS4 Selection Tools

Photoshop CS4 Working With Images

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The numbers above may seem cryptic to some, but those familiar with Microsoft’s Certification Exams will likely recognize the format.  This particular combination of numbers refers to the most recent Windows 7 exam. : TS Windows 7 Configuring.  This is the nuts and bolts.  How to install, deploy, and upgrade to Windows 7; how to use existing hardware to connect, maintain, recover and functionally use Windows 7 in a network environment, and how to check for compatibility in place upgraded hardware is required.  Useful information for anyone from a home network enthusiast, to a network admin, the certification itself and skills neccessary to use Windows 7 effectively are geared specifically towards IT professionals.

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Getting America Back to work.

Despite the high unemployment rate in the United States, there are more than 450,000 IT job openings in the country.  If you look around carefully you may see that it’s not a matter of not enough jobs to go around, it is a matter of not enough qualified and trained individuals to fill the jobs that are.  Police, Medical Practitioners, Instructors, and as noted above IT jobs are going unfilled. It is into this atmosphere that CompTIA, Industry leader in technical certifications, selflessly rushes in with thier “ Initiative”.   Continue reading “Getting America Back to work.”


An optomist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old one leaves.” – Bill Vaughn

Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle. Eric Zorn

Whatever your reason for celebration this holiday season.  May it be a time of reflection, and resolution.  As you look over your past year may you find there to have been more successes than failures, and as you look forward to the new year may it be with a sense of wonder and opportunity, for this upcoming year. Wishing you all a brave, uninhibited, fierce Year of the Tiger.

The Death of Microsoft Windows?

There have been a number of articles and blogs recently proclaiming that Windows 7 is the end for Microsoft. Or at least for Microsoft’s stranglehold on OS (The Operating System that most PC’s run on.). Sure, Microsoft has competition. Apple has always served as an alternative to Windows, and more recently Linux has taken a chunk of the market share, but Microsoft has maintained it’s “king of the mountain” position.  According to the latest news, that may be about to change.

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