Military-Network

       

        If you are a veteran who is looking for a great resource to aid you in your transition, then I highly suggest you visit the Military Network Veterans Strategic I.T. Training Alliance site. 

Robert Wilson, the proprietor of the site has been working diligently to help veterans transition back into civilian life for quite some time. This fact is made evident from the vast collection of resources and partnerships that Robert has amassed as a result of his hard work and dedication.

According to the Military-Network site, one of the goals of Military-Network is: to align veterans with training programs which produce a clear pathway into and through career and technical educational programs which lead to life-sustaining careers. Including community-based programs and cooperative community relationships via community organizations, providing training and skill validation, sourcing and performing evaluations. Fostered relationships with local, state, and national programs.

Additionally, the Military-Network tries to align veterans with apprenticeship opportunities (where available) which provides American corporations and the American workforce with the benefits of sustainable production and personal and economic value through participation in a nationally recognized and industry-validated system.  These programs are designed with the goal in mind to ensure the United States (U.S.) IT workforce maintains its global competitive advantage.

The Military-Network has partnerships with a number of vendors, such as, EC-Council, ISACA, CompTIA, Cisco, Microsoft, (ISC)2 as well as many others.  So, one can rest assured that the Military-Network will be able to help one find the right opportunity for them to pursue.

Additionally, the Military-Network has training partnerships with Mile2 training providers.  With that being said, it is clear that the Military-Network is serious about helping veterans find their place as they face the challenges of returning to the civilian world.

Almost every veteran faces challenges when then return home and transition into civilian life.  Some of these veterans may need more help than others as they face challenges of dealing with uncertainty, as well as disabilities, depression, and possibly PTSD.  The Military-Network has even thought of this often-overlooked element of military transition.  To aide veterans in these areas, they have partnered with groups such as Soldier for Life, The Veterans Suicide Prevention Channel, ThankYouForYourService.US, and Psychologist, Dr. George Lindenfeld, who specializes in RESET Therapy.

There is no question that the Military-Network has done its best to cover all of its bases when taking the needs of veterans entering into the civilian sector.  Therefore, if you are ready to start your transition, head on over to the Military-Network and click on the contact form to get started today.

Military —> Civilian

I would like to offer a special thanks to Robert Wilson and Lucy Jensen for providing me with this article to post on their behalf.  I know you will find it useful in your search for your next career.

About Military-Civilian

Military-Civilian Owned and Managed by Lucy Jensen

Our Mission To connect quality job-seeking military candidates and their spouses with civilian employers to fill open positions worldwide.

What We Do We are not merely a job board or a recruiting service: we are dedicated to providing proactive assistance for veterans and their families with their transition back into the civilian workplace. Our strategy is twofold: we offer companies and employers a personalized service, enabling them to meet their recruitment needs by reaching out to a target audience of military professionals whom are leaving the service, their spouses and dependents, DoD employees and contractors, retirees, National Guard active/inactive and veterans that have left the military and are already in the civilian workforce looking to advance their careers. At the same time, we assist individuals seeking employment in finding job opportunities that fit their backgrounds and experience.

We partner with hiring companies to promote their open jobs throughout our network in various ways

  • All careers are posted on Military-Civilian Career Board. This is an online job board that is free to browse or search by category, location, or keyword, and encourages candidates to submit their resumes directly via the Quick Links on each post and we encourage you Quick Share these opportunities to your social media site via Bookmark which can be found in all the job posting.
  • Over 1,500 individuals subscribe to the Military-Civilian Careers Newsletter, which is the quickest and easiest way to receive information about hot jobs directly in your inbox. If you haven’t signed up yet, please join our mailing list

, and feel free to forward the email on to your friends and colleagues!

  • We send all job postings electronically to the career centers of military bases, various Human Service Agencies, the Departments of Veterans Affairs, and the Departments of Labor and Employment.
  • We also partner up with and post the jobs on other websites such as the Military Officer’s Association of America (MOAA) with 370,000 + members, TechEXPO USA, The Wounded Warrior Program, Marine For Life Program, the National Guard Job Connection Education Program and many more.
  • We are actively engaged in the social media sphere, posting information about our jobs, upcoming career fairs, and other relevant content. Besides this blog, we can be found on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube

If you are active on any of these sites, please drop us a line!

Helping veterans find meaningful, gainful employment after their service to our country is our driving passion because we believe they deserve more than merely our thanks for their sacrifices.

When you get employed, reach back and help fellow Service men and women over the wall. What goes around, comes around. Help when and where you can. You, a family member or friend could be next to need a job.

Contact Us If you are a company, organization, or individual interested in partnering with Military-Civilian, if you have a website or a service you’d like to promote, or if you have any other questions or concerns–please get in touch with us!

Lucy Jensen Owner

310-455-2002

lucy@military-civilian.com

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NC-Expert Apprenticeship Programs Information

        I would like to give a special thanks to Robert Wilson for sharing the following article with me.  I hope you find it useful as you begin your path towards a new career.

NC-Expert Apprenticeship Programs Information

Overview – How the Programs Work 

Our programs are, in essence, very simple and are three-pronged:

[1] You

You currently have a job or we help get you settled into a job. You attend technical training classes (with us). You put the things you learn in class into practice while you are doing your job. You sit certification exams and pass. As you progress through your program and earn certifications, you will get pre-agreed, incremental wage increases from your employer.

Since this is an “Apprenticeship” program, please understand that you will not start off at the standard salary for the position you may obtain. To start with, you will probably be paid a percentage of the standard salary (generally 40%) and, as you earn certifications, you are guaranteed to receive set salary increases. By the end of year 2 (depending on certification success) it is anticipated that you will be earning the standard salary for that position, hence the Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program catchphrase “the more you learn, the more you earn.”

As you progress through your selected program, you will attend further classes, put your new knowledge into practice, then sit/pass more exams, thus earning additional industry certifications and making yourself more valuable to your employer.

By the end of your program, you will have gained experience and will possess industry certifications to prove your skill-set.

By the time of your graduation from your program, we expect that your employer/sponsor will find you so valuable that they will agree to retain you, permanently, in your position.

[2] Employer

The employer agrees to take you on as an “Apprentice”. This can be in a temporary role, or a permanent one (this depends entirely on the employer’s discretion).

The employer employs you as an “Apprentice” – meaning that you do not yet possess the expected skill-set and/or experience for the position.

Your employer will mentor you and will work with NC-Expert to help provide you with requisite experiences to broaden your knowledge and strengthen your skill base. Your employer will also agree, from the outset, to release you from work to attend your required training classes.

As you earn certifications, your employer will provide wage increases at a pre-agreed amount. This will continue as you progress through your program up until graduation.

At the end of your program, your employer may offer you a permanent position with their company.

[3] NC-Expert

NC-Expert will work with you and help you secure a job. Please note, NC-Expert is not an employment agency.

However, we will work with you and assist in your job search and can explain your selected program, and its benefits, to your prospective employer. We will help craft your resume. We will provide you with training in interview techniques. We will work behind the scenes to help you find a suitable job.

Once you are set up with an employer, we will begin the technical training portion of your selected program. NC-Expert is a world-class provider of training programs and classes. We will provide technical and soft-skills training and will be available to act as mentors and guides as you progress through your program.

We will offer you training and support – but, for your part, you will be expected to work hard and study hard.

Program: Information Technology Infrastructure Engineer, and Network Engineer

aka “Option-Select”

In these two programs, which are almost identical, all candidates will undertake the same Foundation year (year 1) training and will sit the same exams during their first year.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation year, candidates will be invited to select their option for their Specialization year (year 2).

 

If the apprentice decides to exit either of these programs at the end of year 1, they will have gained a good foundation in technology and would be able to secure employment using the skills and certifications gained during year 1 training.

The Specialization year focuses on the specific technology selected and provides more advanced certification training in those technologies.

Graduation from the program is achieved following successful completion of the Specialization year.

Example industry certifications to be gained during year 1:

  • Cisco-Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT)
  • CWNP Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA)
  • Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching
  • Cisco CCNA Wireless
  • CompTIA Security Plus (S+)*
  • EC-Council Certified Network Defender (CND)
  • Cisco CCNA Cyber Ops
  • Cisco CCNA Cloud

Note: Courses listed are not in specific order and additional technical and/or soft-skills courses may be provided. Multiple classes and/or examination passes may be required to earn one certification (i.e., Cisco CCNP level certifications).

*Not included in the Network Engineer Program

Program: Cyber Security Support Technician Program**

In this program, all apprentices will undertake the same Associate level (year 1) training and will sit the same exams. This enables cohorts to be created, in which apprentices can form study groups and a support network for each other. It is expected that the apprentices will proceed, together, through the Associate and Professional level (year 2) training and examinations.

 

 

If the apprentice decides to exit the program at the end of year 1, they will have gained a good foundation in technology and would be able to secure employment using the skills and certifications gained during year 1 training.

Upon successful completion of the Professional level (year 2), apprentices can choose to either graduate from the program or can elect to rema

in in the program for the Master level (year 3) in which the bar will again be raised for the training and certification exams.

The Master level is aimed at apprentices (who will now have achieved full employment) who are looking to achieve a VP, Director, or C-level career.

Example industry certifications to be gained during year 1:

  • CompTIA Administrator Plus (A+)
  • CompTIA Network Plus (N+)
  • Cisco-Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT)
  • CWNP Certified Wireless Technology Specialist (CWTS)
  • CWNP Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA)
  • EC-Council Certified Network Defender (CND)
  • Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching

Note: Courses listed are not in specific order and additional technical and/or soft-skills courses may be provided.

**Cyber Security Support Technician program is currently within Department of Labor approval process.

Important Note for all Programs: NC-Expert reserves the right to amend programs and substitute courses/certifications where necessary in order to make sure the Apprentice has the most relevant and/or employer-desired portfolio possible, by the time of graduation.

Robert Wilson, Military Network 

Registered I.T. Apprenticeship Consultant

Robert@Mil-Net.us  Phone: 859.428.8163

Developing Your Own Web Page – Choosing the Right Tool For the Job

        So, you are looking into building your own website and are looking for some options.  Perhaps you have seen the advertisements for Wix on YouTube or heard about it on your favorite radio station.  Perhaps one may want something more robust to build an E-commerce site or host their own blog on without learning a lot of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, or some other language to get the job done.  Additionally, one may not be very tech-savvy and are just looking for the best option to build their site and get it up and running.  

        There are a lot of content management systems (CMS) on the market today and according to the website Websitesetup.org, “Almost 60% of the CMS market belongs to WordPress, and nearly 30% of all websites run on WordPress, while other CMS solutions such as Joomla run on 6.6% and Drupal run 4.6% of websites.”  Despite this fact, other solutions have popped up to challenge the market and provide customers with a variety of options, so one doesn’t have to feel compelled to set up a WordPress site unless they are sure it meets all of their needs.  

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          One of those alternatives is Wix, which promises ease of use to their customers.  I have never personally used Wix, so I will have to do rely on the research from sites such as websitebuilderexpert, wpbeginner, and superwebsitebuilders to gather enough information to provide a brief overview and allow one to make an informed decision. 

          In this article, we will compare the following categories: Cost, Ease of Use, and Design. 

  1. COST:

          Cost can be a major concern when one decides to build their own website, therefore; one will need to evaluate all of the options that both Wix and WordPress offer before making their final decision. 

           According to the wpbeginner site, Wix offers its basic website builder for free, however; there are a couple of things one should keep in mind before choosing to use this option.  First, your site will have Wix related advertisements on your pages.  While this isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, it can get annoying, especially if one is considering adding their own advertisements. 

          Next, one will not have the ability to customize the name of their site, which means the site will be something like the following: username.wix.com/sitename. 

          Finally, Wix does not offer any of the essential addons such as Google Analytics, Favicons, eCommerce tools, or Facebook Adds.  So, if one wants to have access to these features and gain the ability to remove adds and allow for better customization, they will have to upgrade to another Wix premium plan. 

          According to websitebuilderexpert, “The prices in the chart are based on a 1 year plan and start from $7 per month to $30 per month if one agrees to sign up for the month-to-month payment option.  However, if one agrees to sign up for the 1 or 2-year plan, they can save from 25% to 43% per year depending on the package one selects.”

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          The following charts from websitebuilderexpert explains Wix’s five premium pricing plans.  As one might expect, the more one spends on a plan, the nicer the options become.  

Wix Pricing Plans

Monthly ($/month)

1-Year ($/month)

Savings (%)

2-Years ($/month)

Savings (%)

Connect Domain

$7.00

$5.00

29%

$4.00

43%

Combo

$14.00

$10.00

29%

$9.00

36%

Unlimited

$16.00

$14.00

13%

$11.00

31%

eCommerce

$20.00

$17.00

15%

$15.00

25%

VIP

$30.00

$25.00

17%

$22.00

27%

          What that means for Wix customers is that their price can range from free to $48 per year under the (2-year Connect Domain plan) and up to $360 per year under the month-to-month VIP plan.         

          If one chooses any of the following plans: Combo, Unlimited, eCommerce, and VIP, Wix will throw in a free domain name and provide the customer $300 in advertisement vouchers from Google AdWords, and Facebook Ads for the eCommerce and VIP plans.  This can be very useful for recovering the investment of one’s annual fees. 

Feel free to check out websitebuilderexperts review of Wix for more information. 

          Feeling confused by all of the options Wix has to offer?  Well then, grab the seat tight and hold on as I attempt to explain the options for both WordPress.org and WordPress.com

          The first option we will discuss is WordPress.org, which is where one can download the WordPress application, as well as several free themes and plugins.  This means if one has a sever in their organization or home, they will be able to host their own WordPress site with potentially little cost. 

        However, the cost of building a site can start to rack up when Worpress’s simplistic themes and plugins fail to meet the needs of the design of the site.  According to websitebuilderexpert, “With WordPress, you will have to get your own hosting service which will be about $7 per month ($84 per year).  Further, you will likely need to purchase a theme since WordPress doesn’t come with attractive free themes.  A pre-made WordPress theme costs around $30 – $80 per theme, depending on how reputable the theme developer is (general rule of thumb is, the higher the price, the more reliable it is).”  If one is looking to expand the functionality of their site, they may have to add in additional plugins which may range anywhere from free up to $50 per plugin. 

          Additionally, if one does not have their own hosting environment for WordPress.org, they will have to choose a domain name provider for their site which can cost about $10 – $12 dollars a year. 

          According to websitebuilderexpert, “The initial investment for a WordPress website could range from $139 to $200 or higher, depending on how many paid plugins you pick up or if at all.  This does not factor in the cost of hiring a WordPress developer if you want to make customizations to your site, which can range from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars.” 

        However, there are other ways one may be able to launch an affordable WordPress site if they have the time to educate themselves on the foundations of WordPress.  If one is pressed for time, then they might want to head over to the following links for more information. 

          Cost of Building a Website or How to set up a WordPress site and check out Elegant Themes estimate for building a professional WordPress website.  However , if one has the time to learn a little bit about putting polish on  a basic WordPress site and wants to save some money while doing it, then I recommend checking out the How to make a WordPress Website 2017 – Elementor Page Builder

          According to wpbeginner, One can start with a basic plan with a WordPress hosting provider like Siteground which will cost around $3.95 a month, if your budget can accommodate it, one should look into a managed WordPress hosting provider like WPEngine which costs around  $29 per month.

          Since there seems to be a lot of confusing information about getting started in WordPress, one might consider looking at the following links from WPBeginner:

Why is WordPress free and what’s the catch?  And  how to choose the best WordPress hosting which will hopefully provide one a better understanding of WordPress and aid in making an informed decision. 

  1. Ease of Use:

          If one decides to build a standard WordPress site, they will quickly discover that WordPress has a much steeper learning curve that Wix.  However, WordPress offers an unprecedented level of flexibility that one simply cannot find in Wix, so there is some level of inherent complexity that one should come to expect with this type of tradeoff. 

          The websitebuilderexpert site believes that in order to produce high quality WordPress sites, one must be an experienced WordPress developer, or be prepared to have one on retainer for making updates to their site.  However, this may not necessarily be the case, unless one is planning on building a very complex site.

          If one simply needs a barebone site that is easy for the non-developer types to build, then the Wix platform might be one’s best option. 

According to superwebsitebuilders, in 2016, Wix released the Wix Artificial Design Intelligence solution (Wix ADI) which makes their website templates  a breeze to setup and use.  Wix works on the concept of What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get or (WYSIWYG).

          What this means is that one can simply drag and drop pictures, videos, slides, or text into the website.  This is a great option for those who do not necessarily have a lot of spare time to learn new technical skills.

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          On the other hand, since WordPress does not have a visual editor by default, one will discover that the content inserted into the editor will not appear the same as it does when one previews or publishes the site.  In order to increase the functionality of WordPress one must install a separate visual editor. 

 Click the link for more information about drag and drop page builder tools for WordPress.  Some of these tools are available for free, or at very reasonable cost, which will provide one with more flexibility and ease of use.  For additional information, please feel free to check out the wpbeginner link for How to start a WordPress blog or check them out on their YouTube Channel.   

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Summary

Wix

WordPress

Ease of Use

A very user-friendly, drag & drop website builder. You don’t need to know how to code as Wix is catered to non-technical users.

Steep learning curve (not beginner friendly). It is best if you know how to code and that you are technically savvy, or hire someone who is.

          For more information, please feel free to check out the following site for more information:  Website Builder (Wix) vs WordPress SEO Guide

  1. Design:

          Perhaps one of Wix’s best-selling points is that if one is comfortable using a mouse, they will be able to build almost any type of site without the use of any coding.  While WordPress on the other hand may require a basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, or some other form of web-based code.

          Wix comes with over 500 ready-made templates that one can choose to build their site with.  These HTML5 compliant designs offer the designer the freedom to customize their site almost any way they like.

          If one chooses to further customize their Wix experience, they can install over 200 apps that will add a wide range of functionality to the site.  While there are a lot of free apps, several of apps may require the user to upgrade, or pay monthly fees. 

          Additionally, Wix offers its paying customers the option to setup e-commerce sites as long as they are willing to use PayPal or Authorize.net for their transactions.

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          Wix has design options for almost any type of site imaginable and divides these options into easy to comprehend categories.

          Another advantage about using Wix is that their sites are updated automatically and comes with hosting included. 

          One disadvantage of Wix is that once one chooses the template, they are locked into that template for the life time of their site.

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        While Wix is updated automatically and comes with included hosting, WordPress users must find a web host themselves and update their software manually.

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          Unlike Wix, it is highly recommended that one should have at least a basic understanding of HTML and other web markup languages when they choose to build a WordPress site.  Without these skills, it will be more difficult for the developer to build and maintain a WordPress site.  Additionally, WordPress developers will have to find their own hosting solutions, and in most cases, there will have to update their websites manually. 

          Some may also argue that WordPress sites are insecure because they have been prone to hacking and defacing security events.  While this is somewhat true, there are several factors that one must take into consideration before condemning the platform.  For one thing, since there are so many WordPress sites in the world, the WordPress developers are able to find potential vulnerabilities and release updates to the software fairly rapidly.  Additionally, a good WordPress host will have security baked into their hosting environment, and if one is still concerned about security then there are hundreds of applications that can shore up your site and even make a backups.  Of course, this all requires more effort to maintain than a Wix site.

          With all of that being said, one might wonder why anyone would choose a WordPress web solution.  There really is no right answer to this question; however, one might consider the following reasons to consider launching a WordPress site. 

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          While WordPress literally comes with thousands of free themes, and plugins, there are hundreds more paid options available, all of which are vetted and reviewed by the WordPress community.  This means that a WordPress site simply has more design options available for the designer to utilize.  If a business owner wants to create a site, they can hire a developer or pay for high quality plugins and apps to design the site. 

          A few of the more popular plugins and themes are: ThemeLab, StudioPress, Headway Themes, and Themify.  However, one of the most user friendly tools available for the budget conscious is Elementor which has both free and paid options available.  It is tools like these which help simplify the WordPress creation process and offer a solid alternative to Wix

          Additionally, the flexibility of WordPress sites allow designers to build more functionally sound eCommerce sites.  WordPress comes with several free plugins one can use to build their online store.  These plugins come with additional add-ins that allow one to setup almost any payment gateway they desire.  Therefore, if one is willing to put forth a little time and effort, they will be able to greater long term benefits from using WordPress to build their site. 

 Bluehost

Powering over 2 million websites, Bluehost offers the ultimate WordPress platform. Tuned for WordPress, we offer WordPress-centric dashboards and tools along with 1-click installation, a FREE domain name, email, FTP, and more. Easily scalable and backed by legendary 24/7 support by in-house WordPress experts.

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   DreamHost

DreamHost has been committed to WordPress and its community for over 10 years. Our hosting platforms are optimized for WordPress and our team actively contributes to the WordPress community. At DreamHost, you take total control of your server or let our team of experts handle everything for you. DreamHost offers choice, performance and value for new users and experts alike.

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SiteGround

SiteGround has tools that make managing WordPress sites easy: one-click install, managed updates, WP-Cli, WordPress staging and git integration. We have a very fast support team with advanced WordPress expertise available 24/7. We provide latest speed technologies that make WordPress load faster: NGINX-based caching, SSD-drives, PHP 7, CDN, HTTP/2. We proactively protect the WordPress sites from hacks.

Additional Resources to Explore:

https://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/wix-vs-wordpress/

http://www.wpbeginner.com/opinion/wix-vs-wordpress-which-one-is-better-pros-and-cons/

https://superbwebsitebuilders.com/wix-vs-wordpress/

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/how-to-convert-wix-to-wordpress-a-complete-guide-to-all-your-options

http://www.wpbeginner.com/

https://www.wix.com/

https://wordpress.com/create-website/

https://www.drupal.org/

https://www.joomla.org/

https://www.siteground.com/

https://websitesetup.org/popular-cms/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwHZRUki_2o

The Launch

Time to Launch

Greetings Everyone,
Back in December of 2016, I made the decision to launch a blog. I wanted to provide a platform to document my path into exploring technologies and passing the knowledge I gain on my journey along to others.
By now, some of you are probably asking, "Why did it take so long to launch this project?" Like everything else in life, it is rather complicated.

The one thing I have learned is to never put all your trust your employer to do what is right and take care of you and your family.

In the end, one's job serves as a means to an end to their employer, as we are all expendable and replaceable.

I put too much trust in my former employer and was burned for my loyalty.

It has taken a long time for me to muster the strength and courage necessary to find a means of rebuilding myself as I seek closure to that chapter of my life.

It is time for me to embrace the spirit of the Phoenix and rise again from the ashes of my past and take wing as I elevate myself to pursue a brighter future.

I expect there may be some people who may wish to take shots at me and my mission to learn new things and help others along the way. Such behavior and comments are not welcome on this blog, and I will take the appropriate actions when necessary to mitigate any disruptive influences that hamper the mission of this blog.

I urge everyone to keep any discussions on a professional level. Remember, the goal of this site is to promote a positive learning environment for anyone wishing to better themselves. This isn't Facebook, so if your post belittles someone, or it is something that others may find offensive, do not waste the time of the viewers of this site or yours. The content will be removed.


Now that the formalities are out of the way, I look forward to discussing fun and educational materials that I find along my learning path, and sharing them with you the reader. I hope that you will follow me on my journey and take advantage of the opportunity to learn from one another along the way.