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Fall 2014 NACTEL Newsletter

Check Out Pace University – Virtual Open House

In case you missed it, here's another opportunity to get all of your returning-to-school questions answered, view an online course and meet some of the Pace University staff.

October 28th, 2014

Choose a time: 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Click here to register for the NACTEL Virtual Open House!

In This Issue

• Check Out Pace University
• Create Your Winning Game
• NACTEL Partners
• On the Job
• Industry News
• Tech LOL
• Student Success

Create Your Winning Game Plan – Enroll Now

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to
excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."
– Vince Lombardi

NACTEL give you choices for your technical education.

A.S. Degrees
• Telecom
• Video
• Mobile Technology
• Networking
• Wireless Networking
• CyberSecurity (coming soon)

B.S. Degrees
• Professional Technology - Telecom Concentration
• Technology Leadership (coming soon) 

M.S. Degree
• Internet Technology

These credentials are stackable, each one builds on the next, so there are no wasted courses when moving up the educational ladder with NACTEL.

To learn more about these NACTEL programs, visit

NACTEL Partners – Century Link

CenturyLink Making Denver a Gig City

As reported in the Denver Business Journal, CenturyLink has announced that it will be bringing 1 gigabit-per-second (equivalent to 1,000 mbps) residential service to Denver. CenturyLink has joined the ranks of AT&T, Google, and others in launching 1 Gigabit internet speeds in individual cities. CenturyLink announced the launch of Gigabit residential service in Omaha, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas last year. Click here to read the article.

On The Job – Careers Narrowing for Those Without a Bachelor's Degree

A recently published report on the changing face of the American workforce concludes that, "An increasing number of job seekers face being shut out of occupations that sustained a middle-class lifestyle by employers' rising demand for a bachelor's degree."

The report, Moving the Goalposts: How Demand for a Bachelor's Degree Is Reshaping the Workforce, published by Boston-based labor analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies, points out that a Bachelor's degree is becoming "a rule-of-thumb screen for hiring" and a requirement even for, "…occupations historically dominated by workers without a college degree." Click here to read the full article.

Industry News – 5 Critical Skills for Cybersecurity Professionals

A recent article published by CSOOnline reinforces that there is a shortage of cybersecurity professionals and points out that finding skilled information security workers is one of the greatest challenges for 31 percent of large companies.

The article also points out that these cybersecurity professionals also need to have a business mindset in addition to technical proficiency, citing an "…increase in the demand, at least in the private sector, for security pros who are as much, if not more, skilled in communications, business management, and explaining risk to executives in business terms."

Five key skills were identified for cyber security experts to develop in order to remain viable in the future.
1. Get the big risk management picture
2. Data ninjas needed
3. Be a collaborator, rather than a cowboy
4. Bring both technical and business leadership chops
5. Be an enterprise IT polymath

Click here to read the full article.

Meet NACTEL – Marianne Groth, Verizon Wireless

Each edition of the NACTEL newsletter, we feature one of the Partner representatives on the NACTEL Board of Directors. Today, we are talking to Marianne Groth with Verizon Wireless.

Q: We know you represent Verizon on the NACTEL Board of Directors. Can you tell us more about what you do?

A: My position at Verizon is a Learning Architect, supporting the Verizon Wireless Network and Global IT employees. I am responsible for leading consulting services including career planning, competency mapping, course development, technology implementations, compliance and regulatory training programs. In addition to implementing training programs, I also am responsible for conducting all levels of learning effectiveness studies including business impact and ROI. Basically, I develop learning programs that are role-specific that help our employees be successful in their jobs.

Q: What's new at Verizon?

A: There is something new every day. We are implementing new networking and IT technologies all the time and must keep up with hot emerging technologies. We have many programs in place for our employees to stay connected to the industry including videos with industry experts, webinar sessions with technology professionals, internally held TechTalks and Technology Summits. We are also very proud of sponsoring several innovation programs externally such as the Verizon Powerful Answers and Innovative App Challenge.

Q: Why did you decide to be involved with NACTEL?

A: Quite a few years ago, I was asked to participate on the Curriculum Committee and jumped at the chance. Last year, we had one of our Board members retire and I volunteered to take her place because I am passionate about developing others. I am an advocate for getting our youth interested in and aware of specialized degree programs supporting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Q: Any advice for current or future NACTEL students?

A: My advice would be to do a lot of research on the many technical careers in telecommunications and technology. I did not think when I was growing up that I wanted to be a network engineer and then a technical training professional - these careers just did not come up in career days or at the high school level. There are many ways to learn about the careers, but the best way is to make connections to conduct an information interview with the people actually doing the job. You will find that they are also very passionate about what they do and very willing to share their experiences. My last bit of advice is to put on your seatbelt because the work of technology is a fast and great ride!

Tech LOL- Before the Internet - The Outernet

Student Success - John Mondala

John Mondala
Associate of Science, Telecommunications
Force Load Analyst
Streamwood, IL

John Mondala had been working with regular phone lines at AT&T for eighteen years when he decided that he needed to return to school in order to keep his career secure. "Obviously with the way technology's changing and everything's moving, wireless was the way I needed to go."

He learned about NACTEL through his employer, AT&T, who was providing full tuition, and made the decision to dedicate his free time towards earning his Associate's degree in Wireless Technology and a certificate in Telecommunications Essentials. "I think it's an opportunity everyone should take advantage of, especially when telecommunications companies are reimbursing workers for this. It's basically free money. You're getting free money to go to school and better your career and better yourself."

Even with a family and a full-time job, John found that he could budget his time in order to focus on his studies. "I think if people really sit back, they'll realize that there's time in the day, especially with online learning." He worked nights and weekends, and his effort paid off; he finished his degree and certificate ahead of schedule.

John's courses had an impact on his career even before he graduated. "I started adding from my class right into what I was doing at work." His computer applications class came in handy when sorting through spreadsheets, and he was able to double the efficiency of his department with his newly-learned computer skills. His new expertise grabbed the attention of various higher-ups in his company, who started encouraging him to look for a promotion within the company.

That promotion came in April, when John was offered the position of force load analyst, a job that involved more responsibility and technical knowledge. "One of the main reasons I got the job is because of NACTEL and Pace," says John. Despite cutbacks in his company, he was able to keep a steady job because of his education. He thinks that a lot of his success was due to the self-motivated nature of online learning. "Although the professors at Pace were all immensely fantastic, there were times of the day when my professors weren't accessible to me. So a lot of the learning I was doing wasn't just information from our books or our blackboards. I had to really research some of this stuff."

For those looking to start off with an online degree, John has some advice. "Getting the support of people in your family is so important. Let them know that there are going to be times where you focus on just your studies, but also let them know that in the long run it's all going to pay off."

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