awfulhorrid: (College Dog)
[ profile] bookwurm says I shouldn't use the term "cubical monkeys" in my PowerPoint presentation for my "Business Concepts for Application Developers" class. She suggested the alternate term "office workers." Can I compromise and say "Office drones?" I know the instructor is a fan of "The Office." (OK, so I'm going to use 'office workers ...')

Additional: Happy International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day!
awfulhorrid: (College Dog)
My GPA for the first quarter was 4.0. I intend to keep that up, but this is a bad way to start.

Today was supposed to be the start of my second quarter at ITT. I had perfect attendance for the last quarter, but I broke that today due to car trouble. I got about 2/3 of the way to school when the speedometer stopped working ... which was weird, but I could just watch the GPS and get my speed from there. About a minute later, the tachometer started fluctuating and also stopped working, followed by the radio and the windows. By this point, I was coasting to a stop at an intersection. I put it in park and tried the ignition, but it was completely dead. I got out and pushed it over to the side of the road. I checked the lights (none), the battery connection, and then gave up and called AAA, my instructor, the school, and [ profile] bookwurm in that order.

I had the tow truck drop the car and me off at Bristol Tire & Service, about two miles from home. They were able to fix my water pump a few months ago on the day I brought it in, so I'm hopeful that they'll be able to fix an alternator with a similar speed. This is, of course, assuming it's not something like the ECM Computer. Augh. At least the instructor knows me since I had him for the last quarter and knows that I'm not BSing him about this. He's leaving the worksheets and handouts in main building for me and I'll be able to pick it up tomorrow, but there's no way I can get the participation grade made up.
awfulhorrid: (College Dog)
Last night I went to orientation, got my upcoming class schedule, and met some of the teachers. The teachers seem competent and like people with which I can get along. The fact that they're about my age and at least one of the ones I met has been working in IT for as long as I have went a long ways towards reassuring me.

More details ... )
awfulhorrid: (Bella on Computer)
I've been working in IT for about 17 years now, not counting 3 years in the USAF as a "Communications Computer Systems Operator." Despite this, I've never earned my degree. When I had stable employment (or even "enough" employment) it didn't seem that important. Now the economy is really crappy and while I'm starting to see more jobs listed, employers seem to be much less willing to take risks on someone who says they can do a job. I might have lots of experience in some specific areas, but I have nothing to prove to potential employers that I can program in C+ or rebuild a computer, for example. In some ways I've worked myself into a niche market and I really need a way to expand beyond that.

So I investigated ITT Technical Institute, specifically the Milwaukee (aka Greenfield) campus. The short version is that I liked the school and I think it's a good fit. My orientation is next week (09-JUN-10) where I'll get my class schedule, books, and all that. I'll admit it's a little daunting. First there's the numbers that were being thrown around during my financial aid meeting today. There's a part of me that's really somewhat horrified to realize how much I'm committing to pay back ... even if the interest rates are pretty good and won't start coming due until six months after I graduate. There's another part that's equally horrified about the fact that the Software Application Development Bachelor's Degree is a 15 quarter program. I turn 40 next week. That means even with a typical class schedule of a full-time student, I'll be over 44 when I graduate. That's a sobering thought, but there is the cliché that suggests if I don't do it I'll still be 44 ... and still lacking a degree.

This is also going to make coordinating visits from sweeties and other events interesting. I've requested evening classes and with their IT program that is almost assured. The financial aid covers the classes and some living expenses, but I'll still need to get at least a part time job. (Luckily they have placement services which should be able to help there.) That'll also cut into my time and scheduling.

Um. That's everything for now, I guess. I'm quite sure I'll post more about it as time goes on, but for now I'll list myself as hopeful ... if a wee bit overwhelmed.

February 2013



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