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Posted by raherschbach on 27 Feb 2015

By Dr. Michael T. Wood, President, Capitol Technology University

At Capitol Technology University we have POPs  -- Professors of Practice.  These extremely valuable professionals are practitioners of our disciplines in industry and government, who both teach with us part-time, and contribute additional time to matters such as curriculum development, research, university outreach, and other matters important for our growth and success. Along with our wonderful fulltime faculty, adjunct instructors, and support staff, the POPs make up the critical mass of our continuing and expanding academic excellence.

When I think of POPs, I also think of those letters as an acronym for something else less exciting – Paving Over Paradise – as in:

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Til it’s gone?
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot.
(Joni Mitchell)

We will pave parking lots, as our residence and learning facilities expand and require more parking spaces.

We will not pave over paradise.

CREI, CIT, and Capitol College were paradises, in their times. They flourished with niched, career-focused programming, dedicated, expert teaching, caring and knowledgeable student-support staff, small class sizes, and hands-on learning with appropriate technology.

“The times they are a changin," sang Bob Dylan. (Why am I so musical today? Perhaps a little STEAM in STEM – the A is for Arts).  As we change, Capitol Technology University brings more breadth and depth to our Eden – new programs, new audiences, new partners, new people. 

And, the legacy plots in our paradise will be preserved and embellished, with new ways to be small, service-oriented, special and strong.

The flowers emerging from our garden will continue to be well-versed technology leaders and professionals who are in high demand by government, business and industry.

Some may become our next POPs – without steamrollers.


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Posted by raherschbach on 23 Feb 2015

By Sarah Alspaw, Assistant Director of Career Services and Graduate Student Support

In my previous blog post, I noted that Career Fairs offer a plethora of opportunities for career planning in addition the opportunity to inquire about available positions. Employers travel lengthy distances and spend their time to come see and speak with you, so you should follow these steps to make the most out of the experience.  A little preparation allows you to spend less time hearing an overview of the organization, giving you more time to get detailed important information which may aid you in your application with the organization.

BEFORE THE FAIR

Make certain that you have prepared several copies of your resume so that you may distribute them to employers on the day of the event. 

You can see what companies are coming to the fair by RSVP-ing for the event on our Online Job Board: https://captechu-csm.symplicity.com/

Try not to submit the same resume to every company. Adjust your resume to match the skills that they are seeking. It is important to think about what it is that you want to say to employers when first meeting. We suggest practicing a 20-30 second introduction to tell employers who you are and what you are looking for.

Research the company and have some questions prepared to ask the employers before you meet with them. The more thought put into your questions, the more you stand out.

Also, bring a list of jobs you for which you have already applied or may be interested in applying.  That may one of the first questions the recruiter will ask.

Pull out your appropriate attire/outfit a few days before and check to make sure it is clean, pressed, and there are no loose hanging strings or missing buttons.  If you do not have an iron, one trick I use is to hang my suit in the bathroom while I shower; the heat from the shower will act as a steam presser. Just make sure it has a chance to dry before you wear it.

The day of the event, practice proper hygiene. Wear deodorant, brush your teeth and use mouthwash, and do not eat anything that has a strong odor. Food will not be served at the event, so make sure to eat a balanced hearty breakfast.  It may be a good idea to bring mints with you (although we will have a bowl of mints for you at the event).

DURING THE FAIR

On the day of the fair be very mindful of how you present yourself. Keep in mind that the career fair is for you to network with future employers so don’t look at it as a social get-together. Remember to be engaging, speak clearly, as well as have an open mind and a good handshake; all of these factors together add up.

While waiting in line to speak with the recruiter, wait patiently and quietly. If possible, look at the materials that are on the table.  Hopefully, if you followed the advice about preparing for the fair, you would have researched the company in advance, planned a brief personal introduction, have a few questions ready. The last thing you want to do is walk up to a table and ask them who they are and what they do.

You will receive a program with a map and a list of the registered employers. Take some time to identify which companies you would like to speak with. There are only 3 hours, so use your time wisely. Also do not limit yourself with only speaking to the employers whose company names you recognize, there will be some smaller companies at the fair that have great opportunities as well.

Also, ask if they have a business card so you can stay in touch.

AFTER THE FAIR

If you received any sort of contact information from the employers, be sure to follow up with them after the fair by sending an email, a thank-you note, and/or connect with them on LinkedIn. Be sure to remind the employer that you met at the Capitol Technology University’s Career Fair, reiterate your interest in the company, and remind them you’d be available for an interview. Lastly, always remember to thank them for their time and for speaking with you. 

If you did learn of any positions that you are interested in applying for, I would suggest applying as soon as possible while you are still fresh on the recruiter’s mind.

KNOCK 'EM OUT

If you followed the steps in this article, you surely expanded your professional network and made a great impression on several employers. You’ve gained the basic skills required for a successful job search, and you are on the right path to locating and securing a job or internship.

 


Blog

Posted by raherschbach on 19 Feb 2015

Dr. Vic Maconachy, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Graduate from college and you'll be ready for entry into the workforce, right? Think again.

In a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Casey Fabris noted the results of a national study on employer perceptions concerning higher education. The report, produced by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, found that many employers do not believe that college graduates are adequately prepared for the world of work.

“It’s not that higher education is doing a lousy job. It’s that what is being asked of them was much more strenuous than it had been before,” the authors of the study observed.

In essence, employers are looking for students who have demonstrated applied learning. Studies have shown that students taught theoretical principles, processes and skills in isolation without practice do not transfer these skills and knowledge as well to real life situations. In essence, applied learning is THE CAPITOL WAY. As American higher education is transforming itself, we can expect to see a growing number of institutions retool their programs along the lines already pioneered by Capitol.

Particularly in technology focused industries, employers are demanding students who are not just job-enabled, but job-ready, able to begin contributing to the corporate mission on Day One.

Being prepared and job-ready is not only a matter of skills. It also means that future employees are used to working in team environments, and have a plethora of experience in project-oriented learning.  CTU’s senior project requirements represent the epitome of brining learning and doing together. In addition to the projects, many of our students are engaged with projects with employers.  One example is CHIMP (Command Housekeepint ITOS Monitoring Program), designed for NASA by Capitol senior Cordell Kennerly.

Since its founding as Capitol Radio Engineering Institute in 1927, our instition has focused on training students to tackle the kinds of problems and challenges they'll encounter on the job. Our approach hasn't changed, but the times have; more than ever, success in the workplace depends on mastering the application of practical skills. At Capitol, that's been our approach all along.

While other schools are awakening to the reality of applied learning, Capitol Technology University  is already leading the way.


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Posted by raherschbach on 13 Feb 2015

Photo: CARC president Carl Hansen provides radio communications support for Project Hermes.

Ham radio operators are back in action at Capitol after a period of dormancy. Last year, students relaunched the Capitol Amateur Radio Club (CARC),, which is now headquartered in the Fusion Lab on the second floor of the MGowan Academic Center.

Members have provided support to Project Hermes, which is experimenting with mobile device-controlled satellites, and other student endeavors.

Club president Carl Hansen sent the following update:

"A dedicated joint radio-electronics team has been working hard the past few months in cold weather to rehabilitate the antenna dish.  Carlos del Cid and his team have cleaned the dish and its bearings. They have also unfrozen some of the motors, and are working on getting the dish to move from commands in the electronics lab, as well as have data from the antenna be sent there.

The books we have are seeing good use, as they are still frequently borrowed as students study for "HAM" exams of all levels. So far, two students this semester have already checked the books out.

With the new BigRedBee device the club purchased last semester the club president Carl Hansen has been working and representing the club as the VHF Communications Engineer. He and the HEMRES radio adviser, professor Rick Hansen, have been working to test the device and develop an antenna to meet the ROCKSAT-X requirements. The radio club's device will fly to space on ROCKSAT-X this August. In addition, secretary Carlos del Cid is the HERMES Power Engineer, working closely with other members of the team to develop the power system for the project."

For more information on the CARC and its activities, contact the Communications office at raherschbach@captechu.edu.
 



Fusion Lab Gets a Boost with Alumni Association Sponsorship

It’s hard to not to feel a sense of excitement when visiting Room M-204 of the McGowan Center at Capitol Technology University. There’s always something going on: students experimenting with cubesats and rockets, tinkering with Arduinos, holding team meetings, or manning the ham radio station in the corner.


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Posted by raherschbach on 11 Feb 2015

By Rosalie Evans, Professor, Capitol Technology  University

Mikhail Gorbachev has been out of the public eye for years, but he turned up in Capitol Technology University's  English Communications I class this semester, along with such unlikely companions as Elon Musk, Woodie Flowers, and the Dalai Lama.  These folks were just a few of the subjects students selected for their final research paper on the obstacles and challenges that life presents.  

Often, it seems to the casual observer that successful people get all the breaks.  As the students shared the results of their research into the lives of these famous business executives, scientists, and Nobel Prize winners, there was surprise at the hardships, discrimination, financial setbacks, and political battles their subjects had endured.

We defined “obstacles” as barriers to success and achievement imposed by the outer world.  Obstacles could be physical limitations such as the ALS with which Steven Hawking was diagnosed at 21, and which has ultimately robbed him of everything but his mind; or the racially motivated hatred directed towards Ruby Bridges, the little black girl in pigtails in the iconic painting by Norman Rockwell. As the first black child to enter a white school in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Brown vs. the Board of Education decision, Ruby appeared small but determined as she walked behind her two U.S. Marshal escorts.  The students who wrote about Hawking and Bridges concluded that they overcame their obstacles and were strengthened by the fight, not defeated.

“Challenges” we agreed, were self-chosen, not imposed.  Challenges were the driving force behind many surprising achievements, seemingly unpredictable from the subject’s starting point.  Observers were often indignant at  unpopular goals voiced by the subjects in their early years.  For example, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, popular TV personality and astrophysicist, was criticized for going into physics instead of becoming part of the fight for civil rights. Shinya Yamanaka, Nobel Prize-winning scientist in stem cell research, found his chosen field of study unpopular with colleagues and universities.  Funding was hard to come by as the topic was controversial and the work was difficult. Students found that these challenges did not discourage Tyson and Yamanaka, who both succeeded beyond everyone’s expectations.

 Gender issues were challenges for two of the subjects studied.  Meg Whitman, current CEO of HP and former CEO of Ebay, was born in the 1950s, when women were expected to go to college merely to get their “MRS” degree.  Whitman’s challenge was to prove that she could work harder and longer and smarter than her male counterparts. Fortunately, that was not difficult for Whitman and her steady march up the corporate hierarchy has left many male colleagues in the dust.  Malala Yousfazi’s path to success was not so easy.  The 17-year-old school girl and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize last year was the target of gender-related religious extremism that left her near death.  Shot in the head by the Taliban on a school bus in Pakistan, the courageous young woman recovered and carried her battle across the world for the right of Muslim women and girls to an education.

Our students have already overcome significant obstacles in being accepted at Capitol.  The challenge of earning a college degree is one they have taken on willingly.  Meeting that challenge will depend on determination, courage, and a reliable alarm clock to wake them for early classes.


Capitol’s ISM degree provides business analytics edge

Now more than ever, companies and organizations have the ability to harness vast quantities of data that can help them improve products, better serve customers and enhance profitability. Retailers gain information about customer behavior through rewards programs. Websites monitor clickthroughs. Insurance companies analyze demographic data in order to calculate risk.


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Posted by raherschbach on 6 Feb 2015

By Sarah Alspaw,  Assistant Director of Career Services and Graduate Student Support

Most people do not just wake up one day and decide to run a marathon. Running a marathon takes dedication, practice, deliberate decision making, and the right tools to be successful. Career development and planning follow the same principles. If you want to find the right job, in the right location, with the right company, and the right pay and benefits, you need to start making decisions, as early as possible, that will affect your marketability when you graduate.

As you may know, we require that students attend the Career Fair every year to qualify for the Job Guarantee/Commitment; not just seniors looking for full-time positions. Students often ask why they are required to go to the Career Fair freshman and sophomore year.

We feel confident enough to guarantee that you will be employed within 90 days after graduation, because if you complete everything on the list, you are extremely marketable as a job applicant. I would like to encourage you to stop viewing attending the Career Fair as something that you were told you have to do, and instead, view it as the opportunity that it is.

Finding your first job out of school is one of the hardest things you will ever do.  Attending Career Day, the Career Fair, workshops, participating in clubs, maintaining a high GPA, and completing the other requirements will make finding a job less difficult.If you are seeking a full-time position, please check out our Spring 2015 edition of the Career Chronicle, and check out next month’s blog post for strategies for getting the best results.

What can you do at the Career Fair if you are not actively seeking an internship or full-time position?

LEARN WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE YOURSELF COMPETITIVE

You have the opportunity to speak directly to recruiters from major organizations.  This is your chance to ask questions.

A few examples:

  • What electives should I consider taking that will make me a more marketable candidate? 
  • How heavily do they weigh GPA when making hiring decisions?
  • What can I do now that will make me a more appealing candidate in the future?
  • Is it a good idea to get an unpaid internship?
  • What impact does volunteer work have on my candidacy?
  • What clubs or national organizations should I join?

This information can help you plan future semesters.

NETWORK AND CONNECT

About 80% of jobs are now found through networking.  Getting to know the recruiters is the best way to make sure they remember you when the time comes for you to seek out a position.   

I was told a story about a student at another university that went to the Career Fair every year. He had dreamed of working at a specific company. First and second year, he introduced himself and expressed his interest in the organization. By junior year, the recruiter was then looking for him at the fair, and had already arranged an internship interview, since he knew the student was interested. By senior year, he had a full-time job offer in hand.

LEARN ABOUT WHAT COMPANIES ARE OUT THERE

The NSA and Google are not the only companies out there that are hiring your major. Did you know that the CIA hires Astronautical Engineering majors to design satellites? Business Majors, almost every company has a finance, human resources, or project/business management positions. There are smaller companies who may allow you more responsibility or a more dynamic work experience.

Career development is not a ladder, there is not only one way to get to where you want to go. Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook describes in her book “Lean In” that rising in your career is more like a jungle-gym. You are not limited to going just straight up, but you can climb diagonally, sideways, and other directions to maneuver where you need to be.

INTERNSHIPS/PART-TIME WORK

The CIA is now accepting applications for clandestine internships for the summer of 2016, and the deadline is the end of March. Yes, they are accepting applications more than 1 year in advance, because they put all qualified applicants through the security clearance process.  Other internships will be posted in July. Don’t wait until the last minute to apply. We are also striving to offer more part-time local opportunities for students who want to work while they study.

RSVP IN ADVANCE

You may also want to find out ahead of time what companies are going to be attending the Career Fair. Knowing the companies that are attending gives you a reasonable amount of time to do your research on each individual company and find out which one best suits you.  Also, if your résumé is uploaded to your account, employers will have access to your résumé in advance as well.

To RSVP:

Click the Documents tab at the top of the page

Upload the latest version of your résumé.

Click the events tab at the top of the page

Select Capitol Technology University Career Fair 2015

Select “Upload your résumé and RSVP to the event”

Select the employers you are interested in, and confirm your registration (please note these employers are the only employers registered right now.  There will be additional registrations as we get closer to the event).

If you have any questions, please contact me by emailing Careers@CapTechU.edu


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Posted by raherschbach on 4 Feb 2015

By William H. Butler,  Chair, Cybersecurity Program, Capitol Technology University

As a result of Edward Snowden's disclosure of numerous National Security Agency (NSA) secrets to several media outlets, there are signs of change in attitudes across our society and globally. 

First, consumers seek more privacy protections for their smart phones from manufacturers and service providers. For example, the iPhone 6 and the latest Android O/S release have improved encryption over previous releases. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies that depend on the ability to conduct investigations by accessing data from smart phones are not supportive of this increased privacy.

Second, some federal agencies report that the simple transfer of data between systems or downloads to storage devices requires what is called “two person integrity” (meaning it takes two employees now when one would do before). The operational, financial and morale impacts within these agencies are obvious.

Third, foreign countries such as Germany and Brazil were outraged that their leaders' smart phones were regularly monitored for years by the United States. Brazil went so far as to threaten to award huge competitive contracts to anyone but U.S. firms in response. These foreign nations are saying that all U.S. high tech companies are actively working with the NSA, which is not true. In response U.S. companies are working hard to distance themselves publicly from any association with the NSA and the intelligence community to remain competitive internationally. 

Finally, citizens are investigating tools and techniques to remain both anonymous on the Internet and protect the privacy of their communications over their smart phones. This has resulted in increased sales of encryption, secure email products, and secure phones which are difficult to track and other emerging security products and services. There are even email products that can erase your email or attachments at a designated time set by you the sender.

The costs to business, government and our national reputation have been high. The American people must weigh in on the raging debate about the proper balance between our individual right to privacy and our governments’ first duty to protect the American people from all enemies (physical and cyber).

Related Information

Toptenreviews (2015). Email Encryption Software Review: REVIEWS AND COMPARISONS. Retrieved from: http://email-encryption-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

Cellphone (2015). Which Smartphone Is Most Secure. Retrieved from: http://cellphone2015.com/which/which-smartphone-is-most-secure.html



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