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Free Online Computer Science & Entrepreneurship Courses at Stanford University

Stanford University offered three of their most popular computer science courses (Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Introduction to Machine Learning, Introduction to Databases) to the public this fall on line for free.
 
It was reported more than 35,000 of the people who signed up have stuck with Intro to A.I., turning in assignments and taking midterm exams right along with the 175 students paying to take the class in person.
 
Due to the great response to the free online courses, Stanford will offer eight computer science classes beginning in January 2012, including Computer Science 101, Cryptography, Design and Analysis of Algorithms I,Human Computer Interaction, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Probabilistic Graphic Models, and Software as a Service.
 
Two entrepreneurship courses will also be offered. The Lean Launchpad is a class on how to turn a great idea into a great company. Technology Entrepreneurship is a class on how to launch a successful startup.
 
You can participate these courses at your leisure time. No text books and no tuition are required. No Stanford University credits will be awarded for the online courses. However, online students will receive a “statement of accomplishment” at the end of courses.

Happy studying!

Mobile Application Developer: the Hottest IT Job for 2012

Robert Half International projects starting salaries for mobile application developers to increase 9.1% in 2012, to a range of $85,000 to $122,500 per year.
According to dice.com, some employers are willing to hire recent college grads and hobbyists for mobile application developers since the field is relatively new.

According to indeed.com, salaries for mobile game developers in the bay area range from $114,000 to $122,000 in 2011.
 
Are you jumping up and down yet? If you choose to embark on the journey of becoming a mobile application developer, we wish you happy studying mobile development in the coming year and a very successful and fulfilling career in mobile computing.

5 Tips on Choosing a Technology Certificate Program

1. Go to indeed.com to check out the top IT job trends.
 
You’ll get a good idea what skill sets are in demand in the technology field.

2. Go to dice.com to look up the total number of jobs for each top IT job trends in your geographic location.
 
For example, in the San Francisco area, over 350 jobs are posted for Mobil Application Developers for the last 7 days.

3. Research courses offered through your local university extension programs.
 
For example: UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Extension offers 11 programs and 10 certificates through their Engineering and Technology extension program.

Links to technology extension programs:

UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Extension: Engineering and Technology
UC Berkeley Extension: Computer Technology & Information Management
Stanford Continuing Studies: Personal & Professional Development

4. Talk to people who have gone through a certificate program.

5. Sign up a class today.
 
It’s okay you may not have all the answers under your finger tips. It’s crucial to quickly get through the “research” mode and start taking classes. Sign up a class today and start immersing yourself with the subject of the classes of your choice.

What are IT Job Trends?

Top 10 Job Trends

- HTML 5
– Mobile App
– Android
– Twitter
– jQuery
– Facebook
– Social Media
– iPhone
– Cloud Computing
– Virtualization

Source: Job Trends

Computer Software Engineer

- The work for computer software engineers is expected to increase by 32 percent from 2008-2018, which is much faster than the average.

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011Edition

Industry Hiring

- According to a survey with technology executives, CIOs in the retail and manufacturing anticipate a hiring increase of 8 percent in the third quarter of 2011.

Source: Mid-Year IT Hiring Update: Outlook Brightens

Positions in Top Demand

- Network administrators
– Help desk and desktop support professionals
– Windows administrators

Source: The Robert Half Professional Employment Report

Top 10 IT Certifications

- Project Management Professional Certification (PMP)
– Microsoft’s Certified Systems Engineer Certification (MCSE)
– CompTIA A+ Certification (A+)
– Cisco Certified Network Associates (CCNA)
– Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
– CompTIA Network+ Certification (Network+)
– Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
– Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator certification (MCSA)
– ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) Certification
– CompTIA Security+ Certification (Security+)

Source: Top Ten Certifications That Can Boost Your Pay

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