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Does anybody have any recommendations? I live in Florida, but am not against moving out of state if it's worth it.
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Not ITT Tech.
Not ECPI.

Good luck.
    
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Not ITT Tech.
Not ECPI.

Good luck.

Yeah, I've naturally been avoiding those types of colleges anyway. Right now I'm highly considering either http://www.fscj.edu/ or http://uwf.edu/ but it's difficult to really gauge the quality of their programs.
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You'll want to make sure that the degree/certificate you receive is generally accepted by most employers. My daughter got her "degree" in medical coding and transcription from a small "college" only to find that after 2 years and thousands of dollars later the "degree" was worthless.
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You'll want to make sure that the degree/certificate you receive is generally accepted by most employers. My daughter got her "degree" in medical coding and transcription from a small "college" only to find that after 2 years and thousands of dollars later the "degree" was worthless.

Yes, accreditation is very important. FSCJ is able to give me a real 4 year degree from what I've read. I didn't check the other one, but frankly I'm not interested in it anyway.
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Yeah I kind of wonder about that whole accreditation thing still to this day.
It needs to be standardized and clearly stated what you are getting yourself into......otherwise jail-time and fines for misrepresentation or negligence.
That's my opinion on academics.
    
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Yeah I kind of wonder about that whole accreditation thing still to this day.
It needs to be standardized and clearly stated what you are getting yourself into......otherwise jail-time and fines for misrepresentation or negligence.
That's my opinion on academics.

Yeah. It isn't too hard to figure out though; if they say they are accredited, just see who accredited them, and then Google those guys; if they come up with legitimate pages and they seem like a legal body, you're probably in the clear. If you are really worried I'm sure they'll have a number to call.

Anyway, now I'm heavily considering going to St Petersburg College, as they have some good classes for web design & development, and I think I might instead major in that, perhaps have a networking minor or something.
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There are pretty much only three legitimate options from what I've found, and I'm on the same course.

1) Get an AAS from your local community college, then use that to get an entry/entry-mid level position and get your experience from hands-on work. You're starting pay will probably suck, but if you work your arse off it should only be for a couple years.

2) Go through the SANS institute. Pro: People in the industry of security recognize SANS as a top notch organization. Con: Only people in the security industry know this. You won't make it through many HR screeners since they'll say "Who the hell is SANS? Oh, look this other guy went to ITT Tech, he must be better since I've heard of them.

3) Get an AAS, but then go into military service. Go through basic and tech school then get on a tuition assistance program that sends you to school full time after tech school and come back as a commissioned officer. You usually have to promise 2 years of service for every year of education they pay for, on top of your regular enlistment commitment. But, they pay for your tuition, books, everything and you still get your base pay.
    
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There are pretty much only three legitimate options from what I've found, and I'm on the same course.

1) Get an AAS from your local community college, then use that to get an entry/entry-mid level position and get your experience from hands-on work. You're starting pay will probably suck, but if you work your arse off it should only be for a couple years.

2) Go through the SANS institute. Pro: People in the industry of security recognize SANS as a top notch organization. Con: Only people in the security industry know this. You won't make it through many HR screeners since they'll say "Who the hell is SANS? Oh, look this other guy went to ITT Tech, he must be better since I've heard of them.

3) Get an AAS, but then go into military service. Go through basic and tech school then get on a tuition assistance program that sends you to school full time after tech school and come back as a commissioned officer. You usually have to promise 2 years of service for every year of education they pay for, on top of your regular enlistment commitment. But, they pay for your tuition, books, everything and you still get your base pay.

For #3, didn't tuition assistance programs recently bite the dust? (Not the GI Bill, though) I could have sworn I heard they were taking those out immediately after some restructuring of some kind. I dropped that option when I heard that, and it was very recently mind you. Probably happened less than a month ago. If not I may look into it again.
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Make sure you take advantage of any opportunities that arise to get experience.
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