35th Anniversary Sweepstakes: Third Winner’s Trip To Australia!

New Horizons Sydney, Australia hosted our third winner of the 35th Anniversary Sweepstakes. Raya Zaharieva, a woman from Sofia, Bulgaria, travelled over 20 hours to The Harbor City to attend a 3-day ITIL Foundations class at our Sydney location. Zaharieva stated that she was worried about not understanding everything because it was my first time studying abroad with people who spoke a different language to me than Bulgarian. All my fears were dispelled when I arrived at the center and met the people there. Everything was well-organized and I felt very at home. Simon, the teacher, was very kind to us and made the course enjoyable and engaging.” Raya and her sister were made to feel right at home by our Australian team. First stop: a welcome drink at Sydney Opera House Bar, followed by some sightseeing around the famous Harbor City.

35th Anniversary Sweepstakes: Second Winner’s Trip To Singapore

New HorizonsSingapore hosted the second winner’s trip of our 35th Anniversary Sweepstakes. Eric Dumas, a resident of Dublin, Ireland was the January winner. He traveled from The Emerald Isle, Ireland to The Lion City, where he attended a 5-day Office 365 course at New Horizons Singapore. Dumas said, “I am one lucky winner of the New Horizons sweepstakes. It celebrates 35 years of professional training around the world; I feel even more fortunate that I chose Singapore to attend the training.” “I was greeted warmly by all the staff at New Horizons Singapore. The training was excellent and the atmosphere friendly.” Eric enjoyed a delicious dinner at a local restaurant, sampling the best of Singaporean food, and even trying the famous durian fruit. Our team took Dumas on a tour of the city throughout the week. “I am grateful to New Horizons for this amazing opportunity and forever indebted to all the staff at Singapore. I look forward to returning soon, and I would highly recommend New Horizons Singapore to anyone who is looking for training.” Stay tuned as we continue to highlight the winners’ trips!

35th Anniversary Sweepstakes: First Winner’s Trip To Australia!

New Horizons Australia hosted the first winner’s trip of our 35th Anniversary Sweepstakes. Erica Takoch, a Pittsburgh, PA resident, packed her bags and flew down to Australia for a 5-day Project Management Bootcamp. “I had six cities to choose from, and Sydney was my choice. Next was the decision about what discipline to study. I chose Project Management. Takoch said, “I’m a Business Analyst on our finance team and process management was one thing that our company needs right now.” “Magda, you are a great teacher! She not only has such in-depth training but also has real experience with project management. I can’t wait for it to all be put in place! The Sydney team went above-and-beyond expectations to show Takoch all that Sydney has to offer. They welcomed Takoch with drinks at the Opera Bar, Sydney Opera House. Takoch was treated to a variety of activities throughout the week. These included a trip to Targona Zoo, Bondi, and a Friday night at a local pub to watch the Sydney Swans football match with the locals. New Horizons Sydney deserves a huge round of applause for hosting the first winner’s trip. They have set the bar high!

NexGenT

From forklift operator to IT Support Technician
Daniel Adams started his career as a forklift operator in a chain manufacturing firm. He was about a year and half into his warehouse career when he began to consider a change.
He realized that his passions were elsewhere and that this job was not something he wanted to do for the rest of his adult life. He decided to return to IT after receiving encouragement from his friends. He had been an IT student in high school. It was like he was reuniting with an old friend. He found NexGenT online while attending a Network Plus course, and decided that this was the right time to get his foot in the door.
He completed phase one in less than a month, and landed a new job position before he even finished the program. He was looking through job listings almost casually when he decided that he would try his luck.
He was stunned when he received a call back.
“They set me up to a phone interview. They gave me basic IT questions and called me back approximately half an hour later than we had finished scheduling the next stage.
He was offered the job the same day as his second interview. Although he was 6th interviewee that day, they were so impressed with his detailed answers that they knew that they had found the right guy.
Daniel was promoted to the position of IT Support Technician, with a $17.50 per hour increase — quite a step up from his previous employment.

Daniel sees great potential for growth in his new role, with many avenues to explore and lots to learn.

He was amazed at the way concepts were explained and broken down as he worked through the program. He was particularly impressed by subnetting, which was a breakthrough for him. He had struggled to understand it since high school. Daniel said that he is now able to calculate on-the-fly.

NexGenT is designed for people who don’t have a degree in IT. It can be used to give you the IT experience you need, when you need it. We are there for you every step of your journey.

You can have a fulfilling future if you are willing to work hard and break from the norm. The NexGenT community and the accountability that it brings will make this potential even more evident. If you put them into practice, we are confident that the tools and resources we offer can take anyone from zero up to engineer.

We don’t want you to just make money. We want you to wake up each morning with energy and purpose, enthusiasm for work, and a pension that allows you to live an intentional life. You will also make a good living doing it. You don’t have to give up one for the other.

Daniel says NexGenT helped him land his first IT job.

If you are looking for a career change like Daniel but are worried that you don’t have enough experience to get in the right rooms, we would love to talk to you. Apply today for one of our programs!

From a warehouse to Senior Engineer in Network Engineering making well over 6 figures

On his way to work one afternoon, he noticed a strange number of people congregating around a small-brownish structure in the middle of town. He left his house five hours earlier than normal and still had time before his 11:00 p.m. shift.
He was intrigued by the number of people in town, many of whom were walking faster than normal. He turned his attention to a woman who seemed to be aware of what was going on. She said, in a friendly tone, “Today is the last day for you to apply to Diversity Immigrant Program, sir.”
He was about to turn around to go back to work when she said that ‘every year it grants 50,000 permanent residence visas to United States. It costs only $5 to apply, and millions do it all around the globe. It was well worth it.
He stopped for a moment, then pulled out his wallet from his back pocket. He had just enough money to pay the application fee. He was given a paper form and filled it out with his personal details. Then he left for work. He was granted one the most sought-after visas in the country and immigrated to the United States in 2013.
Kwame Ohemeng was born in Ghana, a country in west Africa that is just north of the Gulf of Guinea. It is home to one of the most stable economies on the continent of Africa, and it’s rightfully so because of its vast gold reserves.
He spent his teenage years playing video games and watching TV until he realized he was wasting his time and that he was wasting his time. He was about to finish high school and needed to work towards a better future.
He knew he was good at technology so he decided that HTML would be his hobby. He realized that he needed to learn how type without looking at the keyboard to be able to learn faster. He did and he learned HTML, CSS and Joomla, Drupal, WordPress. He now invests every second he used to play video games on his studies.
He enrolled at college to pursue a degree as a telecom engineer. He completed his degree and also took a 6-month Cisco training program. This course helped him get a job at Ghana Television. After working there for a few years, he decided to switch companies and become a Network Specialist at Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.
He gained valuable experience in this role by assisting with the implementation of modern routing and switching platforms and troubleshooting ISP connectivity. He stopped to ask why so many people were grouped together in the same area while he was on his way to work. This led to him receiving a one-way free ticket to Uncle Sam’s house.
He expected to continue his technology career in America after he arrived. It wasn’t as easy as he thought.

Jacob Stephens

Jacob Stephens

Jacob was tired of working in a lumber yard and had to stop. He was also tired of being beaten up and missing out on his family and his wife.

Growing up, he had always dreamed of working in IT. He tried to follow his dream into community college, but he dropped out to support his family. He could only ignore those dreams for so long.

Jake’s passion has been rekindled and he now has the tools to realize his dreams.

Jacob received an email regarding a career services call. He was then introduced to the Zero to Engineer program. Jacob says that something ignited inside him. “I was instantly hooked,” he said. “I did everything I could make sure it [applying for the program] could occur.”

He made it happen.

“I loved every minute of it.” “It’s so much fun to finally discover what IT/networking really was. To expand on it.”

Jacob has been supported by NexGenT’s “behind-the scenes” view every day. He knows IT inside and out, and can tackle any challenge with confidence.

He was looking for entry-level jobs when he found his new job. Jake, while waiting for a rescheduled interview was still waiting, walked into Feynman Group to ask if there was an IT person willing to talk tech with Jake while he waited.
The man who accepted the offer asked for his employment. Jake was a potential asset for the company.

Jacob’s passion for IT was evident throughout the interview process. He quickly earned his spot.

Jake started at $13 an an hour. But after only 31 days, Jake had gotten his CCNA certification and proved his IT skills without previous IT experience. He asked for $18 an an hour and was instead offered $20 an an hour.

He does what he loves every single day. He is a security expert, he manages operations, and he brings innovative ideas to his work to improve the company. He can jump from one ticket to the next and balance it all using the skills and knowledge he has gained through NexGenT.

Jacob feels like Jacob can finally breathe now that he isn’t being tossed around between temp agencies and production jobs.

He now works in a professional environment that values his opinions and tries to incorporate his ideas into the work flow.

“Thanks to NexGenT my ambitions are limited by my imagination.”

It is easy to have a lot of reservations about making a career change, or following your dream, especially when it involves something so vast like IT.

You might wonder, “Am I smart enough for this?” It is worth it!

You can learn how the ones, zeros and others move back and forth if you can turn on a PC. All you need is the will to find and use the resources that are available. We can help you with that.

Call us today to schedule a meeting! We would love to help you flesh it out!

From 50k college debt to a debt-free network engineer making nearly 6 figures

Imagine starting a family with $30,000 per year. You were stuck in a job you didn’t know would lead to a bright, stable future. You were also $50,000 out of work.
Even if you lived in a poor area and only ate ramen noodles, your family’s survival would still be your concern. This is where one of our first graduates found himself after graduating college.
He jumped into a job that he knew was not going to provide him with any job security or offer him realistic growth opportunities. He became a network engineer less than a year later after completing the program. His family no longer has to worry about money.
It wasn’t easy for him. He had more setbacks and challenges than you could imagine. It could have been getting in an accident that changed his life in one way or the other. He also lost his mother very young and saw his father break his back to provide for his brothers and him.
These experiences gave him the ability to be resilient and determined. He was able to leverage his talents and skills to launch his career and triple his income within months thanks to the Zero to Engineer program.
Chase Mitchell’s story begins in a ranching community of approximately 1,200 people in west Texas. Children dream of racing trucks and making them roar.
As a child, Chase shared these interests and many others. Chase’s life-threatening accident left him in hospital for several weeks. This changed his ambitions.
After his motorcycle accident, Chase Mitchell lies in a hospital bed.
Chase explains, “I had been lying in the hospital bed for 2 weeks wondering what I was going do with my life.” Chase says, “When I noticed all of the technology in that room, which was making it easier for me to recover.”
I thought to my self: That’s what I want! Although I didn’t know much about it, I knew that I wanted to understand it.” He had always been interested in technology before the accident. He used to play with an Apple 2 computer as a child and tried to understand the technicalities of it as much as possible.
He enjoyed it, but he never felt the need to be a programmer (a little ironic considering he has been learning network automation skills and at that point, he believed coding was his only option).
He is one of three siblings. He left his family tradition behind to go to college to pursue a career as a technie. He chose Angelo State University. It was only an hour and a quarter away, to be more precise.
Chase received a Bachelor’s degree in Management of Information Systems in 2012. Although he is proud to have earned his degree, he regrets not going to college. Terry would have been there for him if he had met him a few years ago.

The New Cisco CCNA 200 -301 Features

Take a closer look at the differences between old and new CCNA, plus CCNA 200-301 specifics
As you all know, there are many changes coming to the CCNA starting February 24, 2020. Although CCNA certification is a standard for many years now, the exams continue to evolve in order to keep up with industry trends and needs. This infographic by Cisco explains the changes and how they could affect you. CCENT and CCNA have been merged into one certification.
Cisco’s latest tools are essential for managing and building networks. Those who are preparing for the ICND1 or ICND2 exams should work hard to pass them before February 24, as it is only beneficial to their benefit. This article will compare the new Cisco CCNA exam to the old. We will also discuss why it is important to get your CCNA certificate as soon as possible before any changes occur.
Sharing similar topics: A person who has only completed ICND1 can still benefit from the CCNA 200-302 exam. Many topics between ICND1 & CCNA 200-302 will be identical. Nearly 80% of the exam covers topics from the previous generation. This means that your prior study won’t be wasted. In a later section, we’ll go over the similarities in greater detail.
You’ll Receive the Same Certification: If your current CCNA certificates (CCNA Routing & Switching, CCNA Industrial etc.) are valid, you will automatically be issued the same certification. You will automatically receive the new CCNA certification.
Avoid unnecessary stress: It can be stressful when topics that you have spent a lot time studying are no longer relevant. Don’t stress. It doesn’t necessarily mean that something isn’t relevant to the real world, just because it’s not in the new exam. It’s just more real-world knowledge!
CCNA Valid for Three Years: Exam versions are rarely considered by hiring managers. You don’t need to renew your certification if you take your exam now.

Similarities between The Old CCNA and The New CCNA
The core topics of the Cisco CCNA 200-301 have always included knowledge about OSI and its first four levels. The Cisco CCNA 200-301 is no different.
The physical layer of OSIData Link LayerNetwork LayerTransport LayerNetworks was assembled 15 years ago in a similar manner to modern ones. It is essential to understand cabling types and uses, Ethernet operation, TCP/UDP, and IP routing. These are the topics that will be tested in the new CCNA exam. Other things that have changed are those which change with each revision of the exam. These include networking protocols and higher-level concepts.
What is the Difference Between The Old CCNA and The New CCNA Exams?
The CCNA 200–125 exam and the new CCNA200-301 exam are different in terms of importance. They both assess different modules as well.
Weightage differences
CCNA 200-12CCNA 200-3-WAN Technologies (10%) -Infrastructure Security (10%) -Infrastructure Management (11%) -Network Fundamentals (15%) -LAN Switchi

FAQ: The New CCNA vs. FAQ: The Old CCNA vs.

Q: What is the new CCNA and why is it being implemented in this way?
Answer: Cisco answers these questions. To get a more personal answer, you can also ask questions in this official Cisco thread.
Q: What happens if I don’t have the time to complete both ICND1 AND ICND2 by the deadline?
Answer: Your preparation and knowledge will be valuable for the new CCNA 200 -301. It will also be helpful for new CCNP tracks.
Q: What if I don’t have time to prepare for the examinations yet?
Answer: Most of the material in ICND1 can be translated to the CCNA 200-301. It will save you time and help you avoid wasting your time. This will allow you to prepare for and schedule your new CCNA exam faster. It is possible to concentrate on ICDN1 with diligence, discipline, hard work, and a minimum of 30 days to earn a CCENT. It’s fine to have that cert on your resume.
Q: What if you have completed ICND1 already and have CCENT certification.
Answer: Congratulations if you have successfully completed ICND1. You can now pass ICND2 by February 23 to get your CCNA certificate. It usually takes around 30 days to prepare. However, it can be done faster if you are willing to work hard and get it done.
Related: Want to stand out from other IT candidates? This is the first time you should read this! FSNA & FSNP Certifications could be your answer
We are happy to answer any questions you may have in the comments.

Explained: Frames, Routers, Packets Switches and Switches

Understanding how data travels
Let’s take a look at this really cool example. This is a great example. We’re going see what happens to data when it travels through the network, from the host on left to the host to the right. Before we can do that, we need to identify the differences between two networks. One network is visible on the left, with an IP address of 192.168.100.0. The other network is visible on the right, with a private IP address of 10.10.10.0. We are connecting two private networks over this router. Each host on these networks has a specific IP address and MAC address.
Every node in a network has an IP and aMAC address. Both hosts have both of these. The host on left has 192.168.100.0 as its MAC address and the host on right has 10.10.10.2 as its IP address and all A’s. We must also understand the router’s IP address andMAC address. MAC addresses are not something we normally think of as routers.
When a computer needs access to another network, the router is known as the default gateway. The computer on the left must communicate with the network on its right. To do this, it will talk to the default gateway.
Routers
The router will connect you to other networks such as the internet. Your IP configuration will have one, which is basically your routers. Each router interface can have additional IP addresses and/or MAC addresses. Since the router is specialized in routing traffic between networks, each IP address will have a MAC address for that particular interface. As the traffic moves through, we’ll see how this relates.
Host Makes a Packet
We have now identified that there are two different local area networks. The host on left will send a message to host on right stating that I want to send the data to the host at the right. Let’s see what happens. It will take the data and create an IP packet before it can send it. This IP packet will have the destination address. It already knows the address of the host it wants to send it too is 10.10.10.2 so it adds that to the destination address. It also includes its IP address and the source in the IP packet. The header contains the source address of 192.168.100.0, and the destination address of 10.10.10.2. Once the header is complete, the packet is created. Data is then stuffed into it. What does it do with this packet? It must create a frame.
Packet Makes a Frame
A packet is a good idea.