Through this blog post and survey, we are investigating whether there is enough interest for our oldest son, Nathan, to begin a mentor-guided distance-learning course to help others develop vocational computer skills. We think you would find Nathan to be an encouraging facilitator and a good role model â€“ one that you would be happy to have your children, or maybe you yourself, Â learning from.
The course that Nathan will be leading would:
1. Be reasonably priced – without the negative influences often encountered through other higher education vocational options
2. Challenge but be achievable by anyone
3. Enable others to begin a small business that:
a. Has little, if any, overhead
b. Can find clients in businesses, churches, and homes because almost everyone has a computer, and those computers have problems that need to be fixed.
c. Allows schedule flexibility
Steve and Teri
ITOR Introduction Blog Post â€“ by Nathan
This article will share with you a direction the Lord is potentially leading me. As many of you have walked with us through lifeâ€™s highs and lows, we wanted to bring you into this as soon as we could and solicit your thoughts and feedback. We have a survey below and would appreciate anything you wanted to share/post as a response to this blog entry in addition to completing the survey.
For the past 15 years, I have worked in the IT industry (IT being an acronym in the computer industry â€“ Information Technology). Through strictly word of mouth, the Lord has brought together a consulting business for me, which is my full-time vocation. I work with small businesses; most of these organizations are not large enough to have full time IT staff members. The Lord has wonderfully directed my work. Times where I needed less work (such as a wife on bedrest) have been slow, other times much busier.
Now for the exciting news . . . We are looking at launching an IT mentor-guided, distance-learning in-depth program that I would facilitate. We will call it ITonRamp.com. Our goal is to help individuals learn computer skills, foundational and beyond, to equip them for income generation, life skills, and service!
First, who would be interested in ITonRamp? Mainly, high-school age students. But, we see potential way beyond that. For example dads seeking to make a career change, graduates desiring to add skills to their portfolio, moms wanting to understand their computers, and even single moms developing a skillset to support their families.
We are looking at offering two tracks, with a third to come in the near future. The first two tracks will focus on foundational computer skills and knowledge â€“ based around CompTiaâ€™s A+ (an industry-accepted certification of specific IT skills). These skills account for roughly 60-70% of what I use on a day-to day-basis as a self employed, small business IT service provider.
Let me address what this course isnâ€™t. Itâ€™s not an easy, â€œhereâ€™s what happens when you double-click the Microsoft Word iconâ€ â€“ â€œHereâ€™s how to copy and paste a file â€œ. Rather, it will be challenging, in-depth, and frankly â€“ hard! Someone with zero computer knowledge could expect to invest up to 200 hours in learning the material. Those with a greater familiarity will require less time. The big picture is that almost anyone would benefit from a knowledge of how computers work, the ability to remove spyware/viruses, and when repair doesnâ€™t work, the ability to reload the computer. Because most homes have small networks, being able to work with residential routers, share printers, and make sure the wireless is setup in a secure manner are skills almost every home needs.
Anyone with even a slight interest in a computer-related field would highly benefit from this training. Joseph, a skilled programmer, received his A+ certification when he was fourteen by passing both tests. It meant hours of studying, week after week, but he has benefited greatly these last seven years from this information.
Whether youâ€™re interested in system administration, project management, information security, web design, programming, electronic forensics . . . A+ is the place to start.
We are excited! This venture has been bathed in prayer, and we eagerly look forward to your thoughts. Weâ€™re wondering if there is a market/need, if itâ€™s financially viable for me to reduce my client workload to begin ITonRamp, and if home educators are willing to invest the time and resources needed. So many questions! We are looking to hearing back from you as we begin this venture.
Would each of you please take a minute to complete the survey for us? Titus2.com/polls/IT/
“Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.” Proverbs 20:11