Thursday, November 12, 2009

Happy 18th Birthday, TestOut

Happy 18th TestOut!

Eighteen years ago today, TestOut began offering certification training courses. While the courses have evolved with the evolution of technology through the years, the goal has always been the same -- to help individuals be more skilled and marketable in their IT careers. It's been an amazing adventure and we look forward to another wonderful 18 years to come!

Fred Ball of Zions Bank, who does the daily "Speaking on Business" on KSL, shared some of those adventures on the radio back in June. It was a nice early birthday present!

This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

For nearly 18 years, Pleasant Grove-based TestOut Corporation's mission has remained the same—to make a real difference in people's lives. And it's working.

Back in 1991, the exploding growth in technology was creating a real demand for certifications and training. As a result, Noel (know-el) Vallejo launched the information technology (IT) certification-training company, in hopes he could help individuals be more skilled and marketable in their IT careers. Through the years, Noel has seen TestOut help thousands, including his brother, become trained IT support specialists through extensive LabSim training. So, what's the secret?

TestOut's LabSim software is built around what no one else in the training field offers: online labs. These online labs put students in a virtual environment that lets them simultaneously learn in class and practice the technologies as if they were using an actual $30,000 physical computer lab. And they do it all from their personal computer, whether they're taking courses online or in a traditional classroom setting.

Coupled with video training, practice exams and text lessons, these online labs give students interactive, real-world scenarios that enable them to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in their careers.

Schools such as DeVry University, ITT Tech and the University of Phoenix are just a sampling of institutions helping their students gain experience with LabSim. This hands-on experience is especially critical in an economy with such a high unemployment rate. Who is going to get the job: the candidate who knows how to do it and is certified to do so or the one who doesn't? Noel says it's a no brainer.

Getting the hands-on experience and certification required for an IT career can make all the difference. TestOut Corporation and its LabSim Online Labs make this experience possible. Mission accomplished.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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