"Wow, where do I begin? The Vitek Program did wonders for me. I was introduced to the program by a church member who happened to be the President and Owner of Veterans Institute of Technology, Phil Johnson.
The concern he showed towards me, having injured my back and being forced to change careers, was awesome. Phil overwhelmed me in a good way with the opportunity that comes with being a Veteran, and he explained that the program would give me the tools I needed for a new career.
Unfortunately, because of the ten year time constraint, I was unable to use any VA benefits but that did not stop Phil from going above and beyond to get me into the program.
I am eternally grateful for the leaps and bounds Phil went through to assure my success such as taking care of Lodging, Schooling and transportation when needed.
That's the type of person Phil is and he's the backbone behind VITek.
The program itself was a great experience for me. I was able to meet new people and forge lifelong friendships among my classmates as well as the instructors.
The instructors were excellent, with a wealth of knowledge along with on the job personal experience, so I gained a strong understanding of what it would be like in a real world situation.
The instructors also addressed our concerns on a personal level and provided us the opportunity to be a part of some on the job training experience as well.
Not only did we receive IT lecture and hands-on lab classes, but the program supplied a management class that prepared us to be able to accept an administrative position and was well worth the time.
I was also provided a laptop to help study and take home at the end and the icing on the cake when I received a signed letter of intent for job placement from an Affiliate Company of VITek, which made this program all that much better knowing I would have a job to look forward to when I was finished.
I thoroughly enjoyed the program and the guidance from the instructors as well as the administrators and for what it had to offer I would recommend the VITek program through Stetson University to anyone, especially to our Veterans coming home."
Q: Is this program approved for veterans’ benefits? A: Yes.
Q: Who should attend? A: This is an ideal program for qualified veterans looking to enter or progress in the world of IT, computer repair, and networking. You'll get the foundation you need to pursue the next stage of your career, as well as the next stage of your IT higher education.
Instead of waiting in line, you'll be in demand for lots of entry-level and mid-level IT employment opportunities.
Q: Where is this course conducted? A: At the Stetson University Center in Celebration, FL. The Center is located in the heart of the Orlando attractions area, in the town that Disney built. It's within ten minutes of Disney World, within 15 minutes of SeaWorld, and within 20 minutes of Universal Studios. The Center's high-tech classrooms are ultra-modern with comfortable desks and chairs.
Stetson University Celebration Campus Address:
800 Celebration Avenue Ste 104
Celebration, FL 34747
The facility code is 31804410
Q: Who delivers the program? A: The program is delivered by Stetson University in affiliation with the Veterans Institute of Technology (VITek). Stetson has extensive experience dealing with military personnel, both in-service and veterans. VITek is an organization built by Veterans and individuals who care about Veterans. Its goals include offering the opportunity to all qualified Veterans for professional training and skills to become successful in technology related occupations.
Q: I have lost or misplaced my DD Form 214. How can I get a copy? A: Go to http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/. To inquire about an application made through this system, you may call the National Archives Records Administration Service Center at 866-272-6272 and press 2 to be transferred to the National Personnel Records Center. Follow the prompts.
Q: I am eligible under Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) GI Bill. What does this mean in terms of my benefits? A: The VA Call Center at 888-442-4551 is the place to ask questions about eligibility, entitlements, claims, and benefits. The following is unofficial information only:
If you will have an entitlement under Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) then you will be allowed $17,500 annually for certificate programs with the fiscal year beginning August 1 and ending July 31. The price of this program is $12,650; something mostly invisible to you as the payments are made directly to the school. (More important is that you will use four months of eligibility, though this is minor compared to what you will get out of the program and what four months is as compared to the 36 months of eligibility that you started with.)
If you use $12,650 in the course scheduled to begin April 30, you will still have $4,850 in monetary eligibility for this fiscal year. Assuming that eligibility time used is not a major issue, this course could be followed this same fiscal year with perhaps a more technical VA-approved course by Microsoft, Cisco, or Oracle; and you would pay nothing if that course cost was $4,850 or less. Or you could wait until after August 1, 2012 when you would start anew with $17,500.
Q: I am eligible under Chapter 30 (Montgomery) or Chapter 1606 (Selected Reserve) or Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance Program). What does this mean in terms of my benefits? A: The VA Call Center at 888-442-4551 is the place to ask questions about eligibility, entitlements, claims, and benefits. The following is unofficial information only:
In general, these programs provide monthly benefits to the student. The monthly benefit depends on the program and length of service. The maximum monthly payment is under $1,600 and therefore will not cover the cost of this particular course. A veteran may elect to pay for the difference in order to attend (Stetson can provide information on how to apply for a private loan). Another option may be to transfer one’s entitlement to Chapter 33. Note that changing one’s entitlement is an irrevocable decision, and there may good reasons not to change, or to postpone a change until a later date. Contact the VA about your options.
Q: Do I receive a housing allowance during this training? A: Yes, for Chapter 33 participants. We believe the monthly housing allowance for the Orlando area is around $1,400. Check with the VA to confirm.
Q: I live outside the Orlando area. Is there a travel allowance provided? A: Probably not. There is a $500 travel allowance for Chapter 33 participants, but the law provides this essentially only for veterans coming from Alaska.
Q: Is this course right for me? A: It depends, of course. You should have some interest and aptitude in computer hardware (Monitor, Motherboard, CPU, RAM, Expansion cards, Power supply, Optical disc drive, Hard disk drive, Keyboard, Mouse), computer software (application software such as word processors and system software such as operating systems), and computer networking (linking two or more computers together for the purpose of data sharing including the use of local area networks and wide area networks). Note that there are many, many user friendly education sites on the Internet that allow you to get a feel for hardware, software, and operating systems. Visit a few of these sites and see if they capture your interest.
Also, after you register, Stetson University will enroll you in a brief IT Administrator Prep Course to help you get a feel for the types of information that you will be studying.
Q: How much of the course is hands-on? A: Much of the course is hands-on, as graduates will depart with skills that should make them job-ready. There is also a fair amount of bookwork that is required to understand the various concepts and applications.
Q: What do I need for texts for the course? A: Most texts are supplied. Chapter 33 students receive a monthly allowance from VA for texts and supplies. Check with the VA to confirm. Texts are purchased and provided by Stetson. Each student receives a funding check for their books etc. Please make sure that Stetson is reimbursed for that purchase.
Q: What will my days look like? A: Class will begin at 8 a.m. and continue, with breaks, through noon. This four-hour block will be dedicated to IT training. There will be a one hour lunch break and classes will then continue through 3:30 p.m. The afternoon training will be in the areas of personal skills and management. Then there will be fitness and recreation activities under VITek control until 5 or 6 p.m. at the Fitness Centre and Spa. The course will emphasize teamwork and hands-on exercises. There is homework that will be done via online studies.
Q: Is there a dress code for class? A: Yes, we expect our students to wear business casual clothing to class.
Q: How will learning be measured? A: Learning is measured in the classroom via exercises and quizzes. Stetson also uses the Blackboard™ learning management system, and that is where students will find their assignments, exercises, review questions, and grades. It is an excellent tool for students and teachers.
Q: What happens if I start the course and find it isn’t right for me? A: This is going to be a great course and if you have some of the aptitude and a good attitude then this shouldn’t be a problem. However, any student that starts a VA program and drops it outside the course's drop policy will be liable to the VA for any funds not returned to the VA by the school. For example, a Chapter 33 veteran in this certificate program who drops after one week will be outside our drop window and Stetson will retain the entire course fee. Stetson will also report the drop to VA and VA will then collect the course fee from the student.
Q: How will this course be taught? A: VITek now offers a Block schedule for our 16 week course:
- Classroom training begins with 2 days of orientation, covering what is expected and how to succeed.
- Starting on day 3, A+ will be taught over a 4 week time frame, including afternoon Labs allowing you to implement the knowledge just learned. At the end of the 4 weeks, you'll test out to achieve your course certification.
- N+ will be taught the following 4 weeks in the same fashion under the same guidelines, including the certification test.
- In the 4th block, soft skills will be taught for 2 weeks, including 22 hours of Sales Training. At the conclusion of that Sales Training, you will receive a Certificate stating that you have completed the course.
- The 5th block introduces CISCO Training with a possible emphasis on VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol),or another form of Telecom Training. Upon completion, you will have the opportunity to test for certification if you like. This certification is not mandatory. However, if you elect to become certified, it will open many more opportunities for employment through MODIS, TW Telecom, and others. Qualified individuals may be offered an additional 10 week paid internship, followed by an offer of full time employment.
- The final 4 weeks will be devoted to our Internship program. This phase will include practice, problem solving, resume writing, and interviews with affiliate employers such as MODIS.
- At the conclusion of the program, VITek and Stetson will provide a luncheon and a graduation ceremony.
Q: How will certification testing work? A: There are two tests to earn the A+ certification and one test to earn the Network+ certification. Students who have an 85% average on their A+ quizzes and an 85% on their A+ Final will be issued a Prometric test voucher by the Stetson Testing Center.
Once you have a voucher, you must schedule your exam. For A+, once the first exam is passed, a voucher will be issued for the second exam. There is a similar 85% - 85% requirement to earn the Network+ test voucher. Student scheduling and transportation policies are as for the A+ exams. A student who does not pass an exam is financially responsible for purchasing a voucher for a re-exam. Both A+ exams must be passed before Stetson will issue the Network+ voucher.
Q: How do I prepare for my certification tests? A: There is lots of material available on the Internet and in publications on how to prepare for tests. Much of that material is written by experts so we defer to them. But here are our thoughts:
To begin with, one has to understand that our program is not a test prep course. People in the test prep mode seem to put on blinders – they only want to know what is on the test, which is unpredictable. This approach is also short-sighted. We believe the best way to prepare for a technical certification is to have a firm foundation in the subject area. There is a difference between memorizing information and being able to use that information to analyze problems, compare courses of action, and turn resources into accomplishments.
When a person has a firm foundation in the subject area, that person has a much better chance of being successful on any test. Your course materials were selected to provide that foundation. Stetson also has test prep books that it will issue at the right time, prior to testing. Many students, when they receive these books, exclaim, “Just what we needed all along.” The reality is that the VITek IT Administrator program will prepare you to be successful, both on your certification exams and in the real world where it counts the most.