New Course Release – Security+ (SY0-401)

by Beau - Nov 17, 2014


We are excited to be releasing our new Security+ course. This course is perfect for those who are working to move forward in their IT career or keeping their skills and knowledge up-to-date.

Security+ (SY0-401)

In LearnKey’s Security+ course students will develop their understanding of network administration by gaining this CompTIA certification. Students will develop an understanding of network administration and will learn how to secure and manage all facets of a network from CPU cycles to software used by individuals or across a network. Security+ is the next level to attain certification for every IT network administrator.

Our hope is that through our courseware we may continually provide learners with the guidance, preparation, and skills they need to succeed. For more information and additional LearnKey products visit our website.


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3 Tips for Surviving Company Rightsizing

by Brad - Oct 09, 2014


Author’s Note: This post is based on an article which appeared in the May/June 2009 edition of the LearnKey newsletter.

In order to survive the always-changing face of business, all companies must go through a series of corporate “rightsizing” at various points in their lifecycle. Often, employees are laid off or transferred to support the new structure and goals of the company.

When a company goes through rightsizing, it’s often difficult to know if your job is safe or if you will get handed the dreaded pink slip. These three tips can help prepare you to survive the changes your company is going through:

  1. Become More Efficient. Companies are always looking for ways to cut costs and one area that often gets cut is employees. This often means more things need to be done in the same amount of time with fewer people than before. Learning to work more efficiently can help to set you apart from your coworkers. When you can do the work of two people in the same amount of time, your value will be much higher than those who can’t.
  2. Knowledge is Power. A key feature of the changing face of business is expecting employees to not only be good at the job they were hired for, but to be flexible enough to take on other responsibilities as needed. In the time I’ve been with LearnKey I have held several different positions, and occasionally been asked to assist others with tasks in which I had little to no previous experience. Gaining more knowledge, whether through books, online learning, or seminars, can help you to adapt to whatever situation you find yourself in.
  3. Continue Your Education. Take it upon yourself to learn the new things you need to learn – even if your company can’t compensate you. Buy products to help get you where you want to be and invest in your future. Set goals and hold yourself accountable for the outcomes.

As a learning company, LearnKey has a wide variety of training courses to help you learn the things you need to know to survive your company’s rightsizing. If you want to communicate your ideas and demonstrate your importance to the company, you will also benefit from our personal productivity courses. See our Course List for details.


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LearnKey Veteran Services Blue Ocean Program

by Beau - Oct 06, 2014


Summer 2014 has brought some great changes to our LearnKey Veteran Services team. Our team has been filled with committed and excited members who have a strong desire to provide the best service and learning experience to the Veterans in our program. To assist the team in providing the best service, we created the Student Resource Center. This new page on our website has videos, links, and other information that Veterans can use as a resource as they make their way through the Blue Ocean program. Another big milestone happened this August. We had our first Veteran graduate from the Blue Ocean program. Tristan Roberts was one of the first Veterans to be accepted into the Blue Ocean program and completed with certifications in CompTIA’s A+, Net+, Security+, and in Microsoft Office Specialist’s Word, Excel, and Outlook.

One benefit of the Blue Ocean program is that when students successfully complete the program they are guaranteed a job. Tristan was offered a job at LearnKey as the newest member of the Veteran Services team. With Tristan joining the team, I wondered what exactly  the Veteran Services Team did to get Tristan to this point. So I spoke with Brian Tremelling and Seth Boyack, two people who were instrumental to Tristan’s success. See what they had to say below:

Brian Tremelling | Veteran & Vocational Rehabilitation Advisor – Tristan was one of the very first to be accepted into our new Blue Ocean program. The Blue Ocean terminology simply implies big, as in big opportunity for our students. Tristan’s program included IT certifications like CompTIA’s A+, Network+, and Security+. It also included certifications in Microsoft Office, and education modules designed to help with interviews, resumes, and other skills that employers are looking for. Many people would think that having these types of credentials would be enough to launch anyone in their career. Unfortunately, work experience is the missing element whenever a student gets a new credential. The great thing about those who get accepted into our new Blue Ocean program is the fact that those who successfully complete the program have the opportunity to work with LearnKey and gain that work experience that they are lacking. Tristan is the first of many students who will accept full-time work with us as a way to begin their new career.

Seth Boyack | Veteran & Vocational Rehabilitation Advisor – When I originally spoke with Tristan prior to him being accepted into LearnKey’s Blue Ocean program I could tell right away that he was motivated and hungry for such an amazing opportunity. Upon enrolling, Tristan shot out of the gate with the dedication necessary to find success. LearnKey teaches students with various learning styles; some students require more direction and others are able to move through our program without a lot of management. Tristan was the latter. Tristan and I would communicate on a monthly basis mainly for check-ins and progress reports. One of the major reasons Tristan saw so much success was directly correlated with the open line of communication we had together. Tristan’s program wasn’t perfectly smooth; there were times when he’d have to travel a couple hours to a testing center in order to sit for his certification and another time where he failed one of his exams on the first attempt. These bumps in the road proved to be pivotal. Not only did they continue to reconfirm Tristan’s drive to successfully complete the program, but it also gave Tristan and me an opportunity to work as a team and come up with the best solution possible. Tristan knew that he could trust what I said I was going to do and I knew that I could trust Tristan to deliver on his end as well; this mutual trust and the ability to have open communication is the crux of the Veteran Service Advisor and their student. No matter how you slice it or what educational path you go down, school is challenging. What LearnKey aims to do is provide students with a detailed career track, the education necessary to successfully complete the training, and a team whose sole responsibility is to make sure our students are successful. Attention to detail is what students need whether you’re learning on a campus or doing so in the comfort of your home.


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New Course Release – Computer Foundations 2014

by Beau - Sep 29, 2014


What’s my favorite part about our Computer Foundations 2014 course? It’s stunning. I have to give credit, applause, high-five, two thumbs up to our design team. I know that I speak for everyone in the company when I say that this course looks fantastic. This course has more than its looks going for it. This course is perfect for anyone who is wanting to learn the basics and is full of helpful facts and tips about computing.

Computer Foundations 2014

This course covers the basic foundations of using a computer, while ensuring that the content is easy to understand and follow. Students will learn how to choose the appropriate programs to complete important and useful tasks. By the end of this course students will feel comfortable using the technology presented and be confident in their skills and knowledge.

Our hope is that through our courseware we may continually provide learners with the guidance, preparation, and skills they need to succeed. For more information and additional LearnKey products visit our website.


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New Course Release – InDesign CC

by Beau - Aug 27, 2014


Another great course released. All summer we have been releasing our new Adobe CC courses. I am excited to add InDesign CC to our list of Adobe CC courses: Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC, Photoshop CC, and Premiere Pro CC.

InDesign CC

If you want to become a publishing professional in today’s  workforce, it is important to have a working knowledge of Adobe InDesign. Our new InDesign CC course is taught  by LearnKey expert Linda Dickeson, and will provide you with the skills you need to create layouts for both screen and print. This new course will teach you how to use some of the newest features of InDesign CC such as: Simplified Hyperlinks, Sync Settings, EPUB enhancements, and so much more!

Our hope is that through our courseware we may continually provide learners with the guidance, preparation, and skills they need to succeed. For more information and additional LearnKey products visit our website.


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New Course Release – Illustrator CC

by Beau - Aug 19, 2014


I am excited to announce the release of LearnKey’s news Adobe CC course. Illustrator CC joins Dreamweaver CC, Photoshop CC, and Premiere Pro CC as our newest course.  This course is perfect for students who are interested in a career as a web or graphic design professional.

Illustrator CC

LearnKey’s new Illustrator CC course provides a visual and intuitive interface for users to learn about the graphic editing capabilities of Illustrator CC. Join LearnKey expert Lee Wiley as he teaches you to effectively use the new Illustrator CC software. Learn about the new features in Illustrator CC such as: Live Shapes, Windows GPU acceleration, Typekit missing fonts workflow, and much more!

Our hope is that through our courseware we may continually provide learners with the guidance, preparation, and skills they need to succeed.


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New Course Release – Dreamweaver CC

by Beau - Aug 07, 2014


It’s been a busy summer at LearnKey. We are excited to announce that we have released another Adobe CC course. Joining our Photoshop CC and Premiere Pro CC courses is Dreamweaver CC. This course will prepare students for the Dreamweaver ACA exam with online video courseware, hundreds of practice test questions with our pre/post tests, and labs and demos that will help students practice and learn the skills presented during the video training.

Dreamweaver CC

Our new Dreamweaver CC course provides an intuitive and visual interface for users to learn about the website creating and editing capabilities of Dreamweaver CC. Join LearnKey expert Chad Chelius as he teaches you how to effectively use the new Dreamweaver software. He will also teach you the new tools and features found in Dreamweaver CC such as: enhanced fluid grid layout, CSS designer panel, and more!

Our hope is that through our courseware we may continually provide learners with the guidance, preparation, and skills they need to succeed.


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LearnKey 2014 Course Retirement Announcement

by Beau - Jul 23, 2014



In our attempt to continually provide our customers with the best learning experience we occasionally have to retire old outdated courseware. See our list below of courses that will be retired at the end of 2014.

Course Product ID Suggested Replacement Product ID
.NET Security for Developers Part 1 372621 No Replacement  
.NET Security for Developers Part 2 372681 No Replacement  
.NET Security for Developers Series 372771 No Replacement  
Acrobat 7.0 660661 Acrobat 9 Pro… 661231
ADO.NET for Developers Part 1 372131 No Replacement  
ADO.NET for Developers Part 2 372511 No Replacement  
ADO.NET for Developers Series 372531 No Replacement  
ASP for Developers 370231 No Replacement  
ASP.NET 2.0 Web Application Development QR 373171 No Replacement  
ASP.NET for Developers 371891 No Replacement  
ASP.NET for Developers Part 1 371301 No Replacement  
ASP.NET for Developers Part 2 371741 No Replacement  
ASP.NET Web Services Fundamentals 372551 No Replacement  
Building a Respectable, Productive Workplace Base Kit 061512 No Replacement  
C# for Developers 371581 No Replacement  
C# with ASP.NET for Developers 373011 No Replacement  
California Preventing Sexual Harassment 061351 Preventing Sexual… 061381
CISSP Access Control Systems & Methodology 2008 150521 CISSP Access Con… 151491
CISSP Applications Security 2008 150591 CISSP Software Dev… 151351
CISSP Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Planning 2008 150561 CISSP Bus. Cont… 151431
CISSP Certification Series 2008 150501 CISSP Series 151301
CISSP Cryptography 2008 150531 CISSP Cryptography… 151371
CISSP Information Security & Risk Management 2008 150511 CISSP Info. Sec… 151331
CISSP Law, Regulation, Compliance, & Investigations 2008 150611 CISSP Legal, Reg… 151451
CISSP Operations Security 2008 150601 CISSP Op. Security… 151411
CISSP Physical (Environmental) Security 2008 150541 CISSP Physical Sec… 151471
CISSP Security Architecture & Design 2008 150551 CISSP Security Arch… 151391
CISSP Telecommunications & Network Security 2008 150621 CISSP Tele. & Net… 151311
COM+ for Developers 370621 No Replacement  
Convergence+ 102821 No Replacement  
Database Specialist Design 620161 Database Design… 620341
Database Specialist Series 620251 No Replacement  
Database Specialist Using JDBC 2.0 620231 No Replacement  
Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash Integration 371941 No Replacement  
Exchange Server 2003 Design 510341 Ex. Ser. 2010 Des… 280611
Exchange Server 2003 Implementation 510461 Ex. Ser. 2010 Config… 280421
Exchange Server 2003 Series 510521 No Replacement  
HTML for Developers 370331 No Replacement  
IC3: Internet and Computing Core Certification (2005) 630531 IC³ GS4 631191
IC3: Internet and Computing Core Certification (2005) Spanish 630531 IC³ GS4 Spanish 631331
IC3: Internet and Computing Core Certification Professional 630611 No Replacement  
Implementing Unified Wireless Networks 563841 No Replacement  
Internet Business Associate 631081 No Replacement  
ISA Server 2004 170141 No Replacement  
J2EE for Developers 371431 No Replacement  
J2SE for Developers 372781 No Replacement  
La Prevención de Acoso Sexual en el Lugar de Trabajo 2005 061491SP No Replacement  
La Prevención de Acoso Sexual… – California 061381SP No Replacement  
Learning Windows XP 680181 Learning Windows 7 630891
Medical Billing 500371 No Replacement  
Medical Coding 500361 No Replacement  
Medical Terminology 500351 No Replacement  
Modern Automotive Service Technician (MAST) 500381 No Replacement  
My Money Plan Bundle/Series 550352 Financial Literacy 101 550161
My Money Plan 550281 Financial Literacy 101 550161
Office 2003 Macros 200881 Excel 2013 Formulas 203011
Office XP Integration 670601 No Replacement  
Office XP Professional Series 670531 No Replacement  
Photoshop CS Photo Restoration 660581 No Replacement  
Photoshop CS Tips & Tricks 660541 No Replacement  
Premiere 660241 Premiere Pro CS6 140771
Project Management Professional® 2009 Certification Prep 190631 PMP® 2014 190511
QuickBooks 550111 QuickBooks 2011 550451
Security+ 2008 150631 Security+ 2011 151141
Server Administrator  650281 No Replacement  
The ADA and Disability Law 071341 ADA – Meet. the Req… 061801
Understanding Visual Studio .NET  441281 No Replacement  
VB.NET 1.2 for Developers Part 1 440851 No Replacement  
VB.NET 1.2 for Developers Part 2 441031 No Replacement  
VB.NET 1.2 for Developers Part 3 441151 No Replacement  
VB.NET 1.2 for Developers Series 441331 No Replacement  
Virtual Infrastructure Administrator 280231 No Replacement  
Visual Basic .NET Fundamentals for Developers 441291 No Replacement  
Visual Studio/Visual Basic .NET Fundamental Series 441331 No Replacement  
Windows 2000 Skills Update 601321 No Replacement  
Windows Support Technician MCITP Series 683761 No Replacement  
Windows XP MCDST Certification Series 681511 No Replacement  
XML Essentials for Developers 371041 No Replacement  
XML Foundations for Developers 372311 No Replacement  
XML in Java for Developers 372871 No Replacement  
XML with SQL Server 2000 for Developers 371111 No Replacement  
XML.NET for Developers 372431 No Replacement  
Implementing IOS Network Security 563921 Net. Security Imp… 564131
Implementing VoIP 563781 No Replacement  
SharePoint Services 3.0 Configuration 201381 No Replacement  
SQL Server 2005 Designing Infrastructure and Security 411851 SQL Serv. 2008 Des… 412421
SQL Server 2005 Implementing a Database 411721 SQL Serv. 2008 Imp… 412341
SQL Server 2005 Maintaining a Database 411661 SQL Serv. 2008 Imp… 412341
SQL Server 2005 Optimizing and Maintaining Database Solutions 411971 SQL Serv. 2008 Des… 412421
SQL Server 2005 Writing Queries 411781 No Replacement  
Windows Server 2003 Active Directory & Network Infrastructure Design 680821 Windows Server 2008  
Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure 680531 Windows Server 2008  
Windows Server 2003 Implementing Network Infrastructure 680351 Windows Server 2008  
Windows Server 2003 Managing a Network Environment 680411 Windows Server 2008  
Windows Server 2003 Managing a Net. Env. – R2 Update 681971 Windows Server 2008  
Windows Server 2003 Planning Network Infrastructure 680471 Windows Server 2008  
Windows Server 2003 Security Design 681051 No Replacement  
Windows Server 2003 Security Implementation 681091 No Replacement  
Windows Vista and Office 2007 Deployment 682181 No Replacement  
Windows Vista Client Enterprise Support 682041 Windows 7 EDST 683951
Windows Vista Configuration 682111 Windows 7 Config… 683881
Windows XP Professional 680071 No Replacement  
Windows XP Troubleshooting Desktop Applications 681451 Windows 7 EDST 683951
Windows XP Troubleshooting Windows 681351 Windows 7 Config… 683881

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New Course Release – Premiere Pro CC

by Beau - Jul 23, 2014


Joining Photoshop CC our newest course Premiere CC was released last week. Those who take our Premiere Pro CC course will feel prepared to take the Premiere Pro ACA exam and have access to hundreds of pre/post questions long with relevant labs and demos that will help students practice what they are learning and become familiar with the newest features of Premiere Pro CC.

Premiere Pro CC

Those who are interested in a career in video and audio production need to have a working knowledge and practical experience in Adobe’s Premiere Pro CC software. This course will teach you how to effectively use the new Premiere Pro CC software, allowing you to edit video and audio more effectively and efficiently. LearnKey expert Ryan James will teach you how to customize the program, helping your workflow fly. He will also teach you how to use the new features found in Premiere Pro CC. Among these new features are: New Master Clip Effects, Live Text templates, and new masking and tracking capabilities.

Our hope is that through our courseware we may continually provide learners with the guidance, preparation, and skills they need to succeed.

 


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My Path to Certification: eLearning Advice

by Brad - Jun 03, 2014


This article is the third in a three-part series written by LearnKey’s Online Content and Social Media Manager about achieving industry certification.
Read Part 1 and Part 2

My experience with LearnKey courses and industry certification has taught me a few things about elearning. My advice for those using online training to achieve industry certification:

9 Tips for Industry Certification Infographic

  • Take notes as you watch the LearnKey training, especially on concepts that are unfamiliar to you. Even if you don’t use them to study, sometimes just the act of writing something down helps to cement it in your head.
  • Take full advantage of the pre-tests. Pre-test questions give you an immediate ‘Correct’ or ‘Incorrect’ so you can keep trying until you get the right answer. Unless you are in a learning environment that requires you to keep track of your pre-test score, you can answer the same question several times before moving on to the next question. Alternatively, you can use the study guide from the incorrect pre-test questions to know which areas in the training you should pay more attention to.
  • Take full advantage of the labs. Not only do the labs give you experience following a specific set of instructions within a simulation of the software, they are also included in the post-test. You can run through the labs as many times as you need to, so knowing how to complete the labs will boost your post-test score.
  • Take full advantage of the study guides. When you miss a question on the pre- or post-test, that question is added to your study guide for that test. Go back through the video training and watch the sections that cover the incorrect questions.
  • Take full advantage of the project workbook. Along with containing valuable reference information, project workbooks are designed to give students experience within the actual software rather that in a simulated environment. Project difficulties range from Beginner to Advanced, so even experienced users can find something of benefit in the workbooks.
  • Take full advantage of the MasterExam. Think of the MasterExam as the post-test for the entire course. LearnKey recommends that you pass the MasterExam three times before you attempt to take the certification exam. This may seem like overkill for more experienced users, but those with less experience will find it helpful.
  • Explore the software. Open up the menus, learn the features, and just take some time to figure things out on your own. When you want a little more structure, use the study guides and the notes you took during the training to help you learn the software inside and out.
  • Don’t wait too long between completion of the training course and taking your certification exam. Unless you have a lot of previous experience or a photographic memory, you will forget things between finishing the course and taking the exam. The less time that passes, the less information you will forget.
  • And, most important, remember that certification isn’t everything. Industry certification looks good on a resume and may help you get ahead in the job market, but the ultimate goal is to know how to use the software proficiently. If you can pass the certification test but you can’t really use the software, you won’t last very long at that job you were offered because of your certifications.

Whether you choose to follow my advice or not, good luck on your path to industry certification!


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