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Hey everyone!

Im sure im not in the right place but don't know where this belongs so...

I am thinking about entering school toward either a degree in Network Systems Technology or Some kind of IT Security...

I guess I am wondering if trade schools compare to universities in terms of how employers will look at them? There is an ITT Tech campus where I live and that would be easiest..... Are they well respected, and will employers want to hire someone from there?

opinions, please
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a vocational school will allow more classes in your field over a university which requires more Gen ed classes. Yes this goes in the off topic section for schools.
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I guess im just wondering if employers will look highly on someone that went to trade school vs. College or university. I want to give myself the best chances of getting a job after school.
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I'd much rather go for a "real" bachelor's at a university, I guess like Auburn University or University of Portland? The way I look at it is employers feel ITT/similar institutes are the lazy way through college. I wish it wasn't that way because you take so many pointless classes through regular college that don't apply at all to your degree.
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a vocational school will allow more classes in your field over a university which requires more Gen ed classes. Yes this goes in the off topic section for schools.
Not fully true. I attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering for Compute Engineering. Now I know CE isnt IT but MSOE does offer an IT program wich is on the same type of track as all the rest of their majors; Lots of labs and major specific classes, very very few general eduction classes. I am in my junior year and I have taken 2 English classis, a PolySci class and a few orientation classes.

I would think a company would be more impressed with a reputable university, however its not required to get a job. So long as the technical skill and interpersonal skills are there you will be fine. A univeristy would help get the interview but beyond that its not a huge deal (reputation and what not can help depending on the country).
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Hey everyone!

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I am thinking about entering school toward either a degree in Network Systems Technology or Some kind of IT Security...

I guess I am wondering if trade schools compare to universities in terms of how employers will look at them? There is an ITT Tech campus where I live and that would be easiest..... Are they well respected, and will employers want to hire someone from there?

opinions, please
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I think my biggest problem with everything is that I would much rather JUST take classes that have bearing on my career, without the monster cost of vocational school, or the monster amount of time and unneccesary classes to earn a degree through a college. and certifications alone won't land me a career-worthy or family-supporting job.... ugh! haha.
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Many vocational schools offer associates degrees. Quite often, they are MUCH more expensive than acquiring something similar from a community college. I went into development rather than networking/infrastructure, but I stared at the community college level and obtained a technical degree. This was able to be transferred to a university later for the bachelor's degree which provided some of the additional gen ed requirements needed. If your state has something similar, that is something to check into. You get the cost benefit of community college for the same degree as an ITT with the ability to transfer to university later on if you decide to.
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I heard that trade schools are horribly over priced. Go to the local community college and laugh all the way to bank, man.
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