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I have had the most amazing experience taking the CISCO CCNA Routing & Switching course at PC AGE Career Institute. The classroom instruction and hands-on lab simulations compare second to none. The classroom led instruction by Drew and mentorship thoroughly prepared me to become both CISCO Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) and CISCO Certified Network Associate Routing & Switching (CCNA R&S) certified. I am very satisfied with my future prospects in the field of Information Technology due the instruction I received from PC AGE Career Institute and continued support even after fulfilling certification requirements.”Eric Wainwright Sr. - September 2016
The job is going great! They promoted me to a supervisor position in roughly 6 months. They are very happy with my work ethic and skills. I am very thankful for the schooling from PC AGE. It's really helping and fun to see the things I learned in a real world situation.
My current title is Lead Integration Configuration Technician. The fact that I was able to start school in September 2013 and have a full time job in my field by April 2015 is incredible in my eyes. There are kids that I graduated high school with who are either still in school, with no job, or graduated and still have no job.
I am very happy with the path I decided to take and PC AGE has helped me beyond the technical skills aspect. From my resume to having the interview experience at the end, along with the career workshop, was awesome.Jordan H. - Graduate 2014
I wanted to thank you for all your help. You've been invaluable in my career and you really do a service to the students at PC Age. I got a job! It's with the technology consulting team in Manhattan. I'm really excited! Great company with tons of potential and a huge client base. It's an IT support analyst role. Thanks again!Rafael V. - Graduate 2015
Good evening Humberto,
I'm sorry that I have been out of touch all these years. I just wanted to take this time to let you know what a major impact you made on my life. I greatly appreciate the lessons you taught. I know that I was not the ideal student, but you were probably the greatest teacher I've ever had. I know you have had countless students pass through your doors, but I would just like you to know that I am doing well thanks to you helping me find a sense of direction. What I learned professionally from you can be measured, but what I learned about life from you cannot. I will always be eternally grateful to you. Thank you. All the bestJeffrey B. - PC Age Alumnus
I wanted to thank you for all your help. You've been invaluable in my career and you really do a service to the students at PC Age. I got a job! It's with the technology consulting team at Citrin Cooperman in Manhattan. I start on the 3rd and I'm really excited. Great company with tons of potential and a huge client base. It's an IT support analyst role at 55k including benefits on first day. Thanks again!Michael C. - PC Age Alumnus
I received your message and thanks for the heads up. I actually left ADPC, Inc. last month and started a new job as a Network Administrator in Long Island, NY for the Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry. It is a great opportunity that I am excited about. It's a union job, with fantastic benefits, so I can definitely see myself being here for a really long time (God willing). Other than that, everything has been fine on my end. Hope all is well with you.
Warm Regards,Kambon - Graduate 2012
You may not remember me, but I graduated PC AGE in June 2010. My teacher was Drew Peruzzi. PC AGE was the best thing that happened to me and I recommend it every time someone talks about going to a tech school or choosing PC AGE versus another school.
The price of tuition is worth every penny. I was able to transfer 39 college credits to Thomas Edison State University. With those credits, I was able to finish my A.A.S in Computer Studies. I then transferred all 60 credits to Western Governors University (WGU) for a Bachelors degree. I graduated from WGU in September 2014 with my Bachelors of Science in Information Technology achieving my official lifelong dream! As I think back now, I know I could not have had such opportunities to finish school if it were not for PC AGE. PC AGE credits went a long way helping me speed up my time to complete my Bachelors
As I work at different sites, I come across plenty of Network Engineers who went to PC AGE. Your school is incredible with the knowledge I learned supporting Microsoft Servers and how I apply it at my current job. Performing all of those labs over and over again stuck with me.
Just want to thank you and your staff for everything and keep up the good work!David Martinez - Graduate 2010
Good Morning Nadia,
I had a final interview yesterday with eMazzanti Technologies in Hoboken and everything went great. I was offered the job as a Network Technical Support Specialist making way more than I hoped for! I will definitely go for it! This is a break thru in my career and I will start on July 20, 2015. If it wasn’t for all the hard work you did to help me, I would have never found out about this position. Thank you very much for the job search assistance. It really paid off!Johann Aracena - Graduate 2014
Hi Michele, sorry about rushing off the phone the other day, but that call I was waiting for came through and I got hired - over the phone! Without a face-to-face interview! It had to be your excellent resume! The company is Corsica Tech in New York for a three month contract at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold. I am a help desk tech. Many of the techs in our department started with three month contracts and haven't left the hospital working for Corsica. I like it. Is it this easy for everyone?
I want to say thanks for everything and ask if I can call on you guys if I need to. Once again, thank you and everyone involved!
Forever in your debt,Dan T. - Graduate 2014
At my time at PCAGE I've learned more then I could've imagined through lectures from great teachers to hands on experience of many operating systems and hardware. My time at PCAGE was informative and opened up many doors for me. At first I was hesitant to attend, being that I had only a limited amount of knowledge about computers. Though I was forewarned about the workload and the fast-pace class structure, I accepted the challenge.
This school helps you on your path to being an IT Professional from Beginner to Advanced in a short period of time. After finishing high school I went straight to PCAGE and it was one of the best decisions of my LIFE. As soon as I finished Career Services worked with me and I landed a job in no time.
A big THANK YOU to the amazing staff and Instructors that helped me throughout my time at PCAGE for a fun, friendly, enjoyable learning experience. I'd highly recommend this school to anyone wanting to start a career in IT, or anyone looking for that extra boost in their IT career.Nii Ankrah Bruce-Vanderpuije - Graduate 2014
I hope everyone is doing well. I want to thank all of you for all your help. You somehow turned a college drop out into an IT professional and in just a remarkable two months I got the job I wanted.
I will be working for a company called CenturyLink Technology Solutions. The job location is in a data center just minutes away from school in the Harborside Financial Center. I will be part of a team that provides support specifically to Bank of America's equipment.
I went into the interview feeling the job was too big for me, but before I left the interviewer actually told me I was the front runner for the position. I couldn't believe it and I couldn't have done it without PC Age.
Thank You So Much,
John Powner - Graduate 2014
After high school I attended a college in my home country Nairobi, Kenya where I earned an equivalent of an American Associates Degree in Computer Hardware Maintenance. A couple years later, I came to the United States to further my education and I changed my career path to health care (as most of my family members and friends were doing and had advised me). I worked in the health care industry for five years. I liked it but deep down I knew it wasn't the career path for me.
Last year in 2012 I decided to go back to college and finish what I hd started. I was living in Florida and tried to find an accelerated IT program, but I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. I researched online and checked schools in New Jersey and PC Age Career Institute immediately caught my attention with their program in Internetwork Engineering. I immediately made plans and moved to New Jersey within a month and enrolled in August 2012.
It hasn't been an easy course, but with hard work and perseverance, I was able to always score high in almost all my tests with an average GPA of 3.85 and certifications from CompTIA and Microsoft. Also being the only female in most of my classes was challenging but that did not stop or slow me down. I knew I had to do this for myself.
A couple months before my graduation, I started working with Career Services at PC Age and this department has the most amazing individuals at this school. I was privileged to work with Ms. Nadia and Ms. Michele from fixing my resume, learning interview skills and job placement. Ms. Nadia and Ms. Michele were relentlessly in working with me in job placement, forwarding my resume to many companies, and sending me job openings for me to apply and get job interviews. My breakthrough came after Ms. Michele was able to get me into an interview with Verizon. I was among hundreds of candidates that did their entry exams and I passed. If it wasn't for the training I got from PC Age Career Institute, I would not have been among the very few candidates that passed. Two weeks before my graduation, I got a very good job offer with great benefits to work at Verizon as a Help Desk Support Technician. I would recommend PC Age Career Institute as a Mom and a wife holding a part time job, I did it and so can you.
Thank you to all that made this happen, especially my instructors, Mr. Mohammed and Mr. Jorge Fleites, and Career Services Ms. Nadia and Ms. Michele, and Mr. Humberto for your professionalism and support.
Leah Chege - Graduate 2013
Just wanted to take this time to thank Michele, Nadia, Humberto, and the rest of the staff at PC Age for all your help in finding me a great job. Since graduating in September 2012, you guys have gone the extra mile and bent over backwards in assisting me with finding employment. The university I graduated from where I earned my Bachelors degree didn't even do that. Thank you so much again for going above and beyond my expectations.
Val - Graduate 2013
I was just extended an offer from ADPC in Trenton as a Junior Network Administrator. I would like to sincerely thank you for all of your hard work and diligence. I would not have found this opportunity if it had not been for you submitting my resume to them. It has been a long and arduous journey for me, which often times left me extremely frustrated. However, in the end,patience was a key factor because this was exactly the role I was looking for, and the career path I wanted to be on, coming out of PC AGE. Thanks again.
Kambon John - Graduate 2013
Hello Michele, I hope everything is well with you.I am a PC Age alumni class of 2011, just dropping in to give you an update. I started working for RWJ Hospital in Hamilton in November 2011 and have recently began working for the Middletown Board of Education. Starting pay is $50K as a Computer Technician with 4 weeks paid vacation and many other perks. My schooling, certifications, and job experience were apparently what set me apart from all other candidates. Just wanted to share the good news and extend thanks again to the school's program which has helped me to continue my success in the IT field. Thanks again for everything and enjoy!
Andrew Derhay - Graduate 2012
July 24, 2013
Hope this notes finds you well. You probably don’t remember me, but I took Novell training from you at PC Age 19 years ago. Since then, I’ve had a very successful career as a network engineer, and am now on my 5th year at Juniper Networks as a Sr. Systems Engineer. Now the next generation is about to start taking classes a PC Age. Right now my oldest son is on his way to your Metropark office to inquire about taking classes.
Thanks for the opportunity you provided to change career direction. It has served me and my family extremely well.
Mike McSpedon, JNCIS, JNCIA Sr. Systems Engineer Juniper Networks, Inc. Michael McSpedon wrote in another email dated Oct 17, 2012:
You’ve built from scratch a thriving career institute which offers comprehensive preparation fora career in IT and have help so many to pursue rewarding careers. I’m just one example of the countless others who, like me, owe you a debt of gratitude.
PC AGE is a great place to start or further a career in IT. They provide all of the resources to allow students of any skillset from beginner to seasoned professional, to walk into any position with the confidence that they will be succesful. Anyone who fully dedicates themselves to their program should have no problems adapting and continuing learning in todays job market. The combination of learning the certification process and utilizing the study skills I developed at PC AGE have ensured me that I will have what it takes to continue learning and advancing my career. Thank you to everyone at PC AGE for a great experience!
Systems Technician, RWJ Hamilton
PC AGE Graduate 2012
My time at PC Age was truly enjoyable.As someone who worked in the Laborers Union his whole career, I was nervous about returning to school in order to pursue a career in computers. My experience with computers at the time was limited, but not as much as my lack of office experience. However, when I began my classes at PC AGE, I immediately felt at ease. The instructors were extremely personable and always willing to lend any extra help that was needed. I never felt embarrassed to ask a question and the instructor made sure to make him or herself clear before moving on. Each class built upon the previous class which made for a smooth and consistent learning experience. Every person I experienced at PC AGE, was very friendly and willing to help in any aspect they could. Even after I completed all the required classes, I had scheduled one-on-one appointments to write and revise my resume with an instructor who was aware of what potential employers were looking for in a candidate. Not only did PC AGE help with constructing my resume to my best advantage, they were also extremely diligent in assisting with job placement. As with most things, it is true and you get out what you put in. I put in a maximum effort at PC AGE and I believe they did the same for me. As a result, I am currently happily employed by a company that PC AGE set up an interview with. If I had it to do over again, I would indeed choose PC AGE.
Thanks to PC Age I was offered a great position at The Associated Press. The position is a Desktop Support Technician and has many responsibilities in many types of troubleshooting and installation.
PC Age taught me many things in computers that I did not know and now I use those skills in a real world environment. Without the one year hands on training I received at PC Age, I would be clueless with what I would do today as a Technician. PC Age has a great staff and also they will work with you to schedule class during the day or night. With very knowledgeable and experienced Microsoft Certified Trainers, they will show you the right direction to fixing the problem and helping you out. I had a great experience with PC Age and hope that this testimonial will help you with your career in Information Technology.
David De Guzman
The Associated Press
My last day of school at PC AGE was on a Thursday, and I went to work the next Monday. I am now a Network Engineer dealing mainly with municipal accounts. I am extremely grateful for the education I received at PC AGE because without it, I would not be qualified for my job....I would absolutely recommend PC AGE to anyone who is thinking about IT as a career.
I first heard about PC AGE when I saw an advertisement on the front of the Star Ledger. At the time, I was trying to decide where to go to get my IT technical education. I decided to call PC AGE and take a tour of the school. After seeing the classrooms, computers and meeting with some students to discuss the school, I decided that PC AGE was the place for me.
As I progressed through my courses, I realized how much I was learning. The material was comprehensive and the teachers were skilled. As a student who asks a lot of questions, I was happy knowing that they would always be answered. The courses seemed to fly by and before I knew it, I was at the end of my program.
The education that I got at PC AGE in Metropark prepared me to go to work in the field of Information Technology. The career services staff was extremely helpful with helping me get my resume together for applications and preparing me for interviews. After going on many interviews, I finally got hired.
PC AGE Graduate 2012
I feel the need to convey to you my experience here at PC AGE. As imposing as that first sentence sounds, my impression with the learning environment was immense. It's very hard to truly convey the impact that the courses here have had on me.
I can say that without a doubt I would not be in the position I am today without the aid of the instructors here. There has been nothing but positive attitudes and a friendly atmosphere since I first stepped in the door. The instructors have always been helpful and friendly in all ways, and have always been able to answer my esoteric questions.
In addition to my gratitude of being able to participate in this learning environment, I would like to commend the instructors, of which without there would be no school to go to. There are few people I know who are as prepared for a course as Manfred, few I know who are as interested as Will, and few who are as knowledgeable or enthusiastic as Drew.
Between myself and other students, we have had many conversations about our experiences at PC AGE. Among these many debates include the subject as to our favorite teacher. In these discussions I would keep my opinion to myself as not to play favorites or seem biased against one or another. I feel like I can admit here though that the teacher who has made the most impact on me was Drew.
I have had many different teachers throughout my time spent as a part of the student body in many different schools. I can say, without a doubt, that Andrew Peruzzi has had the biggest impact towards my learning experience at PC AGE, and is one of the best teachers I have had in my life. If not for him I would never have gotten interested in Cisco routers and would not have obtained my CCNA. I feel that I can recommend this school and this location in large part due to his influence on my learning experience.
Again, I would like to thank you for the chance to learn at this school and also to thank you for helping me start the rest of my life.
-Sincerely Ryen Ernst
My Experience at PC AGE:
The first time I heard about PC AGE was from my friend Dave who's attending the night program. I was in the process of making a career change in my life after being laid off and knew that I wanted to get into the IT field. Although I was sure that this was the career I wanted to get into, I was unclear as to what technical institution I would attend to receive the necessary training needed to be successful in IT industry. With my unemployment only having a year left, my friend Dave advised me to check out PC AGE because the Internetwork Engineering day program would only take 9 months to complete. Since time was of the essence, I decided to contact the school and schedule a visit to see what PC AGE had to offer.
To say the least, I was impressed with what Zalak had to say that day when I visited the Metropark campus. Shortly after our discussion, I was filling out the paperwork necessary to begin my enrollment. During my 9 months stay, I learned a lot from Drew and Karen's teachings and hands on training. Michele from Career Services was also extremely helpful with improving my resume and helping me prepare with attending job interviews. The 9 months definitely flew by because as the saying goes "time flies when you're having lots of fun". With hard work and dedication, I completed the Internetwork Engineering Program. Because of the training I received from PC AGE, I was able to land a career in the Financial District in New York City starting on March 5th as a Desktop Support Engineer.
Sincerely and forever grateful,
PC AGE Graduate 2012
Hello Humberto! I studied with you at PC AGE in 2009. I just thought I'd say hello and let you know that thanks to you I'm finishing up my degree through Thomas Edison State University. Hope all is well, have a great New Year!
January 2012 (Graduated 2009)
I am writing this letter in regards to my experience at PC AGE. Everything that I learned for the time I attended PC AGE has afforded me to get a great job and to be in a better position in life. It has opened up many doors and has given me a lot of opportunities. After my classes were finished my experience didn't end there. At first career services didn't impress me and I really started to get discouraged until I received a phone call from Nadege. She is a person who truly cares and is willing to help the graduates of PC AGE to find a job. Not only did she set me up with plenty of interviews but she also set up an appointment with Dress for Success in Jersey City that allowed me to get the business clothes I needed to go on interviews. I am so grateful that I had the pleasure of meeting all of the staff at PC AGE. Much thanks for everything I learned and all the help I received from them.
Sharon L. Spinks
PC AGE Graduate 2011.
James Jensen, 43, came to PC AGE because he believes there is a growing market for people who can combine network engineering skills with knowledge of the medical industry. The career nurse is currently enrolled at PC AGE because he needs to develop his knowledge of computers to tap in to those opportunities.
“I believe there will be career opportunities like that down the road, but if not, it’s a nice backup plan for a second career,” Jensen said.
It might even be a good first career for Jensen. The East Orange resident is currently out of work because of a medical issue. When he graduates from PC AGE this November, he will consider the Information Technology field as strongly as he will consider the nursing field.
“The compensation is comparable to nursing and there’s a growing market for the computer field,” Jensen said. Jensen became a nurse after graduating from Essex County College in 2000. Before that he built boats and held several miscellaneous jobs.
In the future, he would like to work somewhere that gives him a good living and time to travel. He would like to spend time with his two sons, ages 21 and 12, as well as his 19-year-old daughter.
“PC AGE is helping me learn the skills I’m going to need to get the job I want,” Jensen said. “I thought I knew a lot about computers. When I came here, I realized I didn’t. They’re very thorough in what they teach you.”
Saquib Malik, 27, earned an MBA in Pakistan, but when he came to the United States two years ago, the best job he could find with his degree was as a Sales Associate at Macy’s. Rather than resign himself to a future of earning less than his potential, he decided to attend PC AGE Career Institute to enter a new career field.
“My job at Macy’s was okay, but I wasn’t earning enough. It was not a future-oriented position,” Malik said. “I wanted to be a Network Engineer and PC AGE had the training available to help me achieve my goal.”
Malik, of Jersey City, is now a Junior Network Engineer at the Metropark Board of Education, working through the contracted company Hindsight Incorporation. He maintains the school district’s servers, addresses software issues and manages backup processes, among other tasks. He hopes to eventually become an IT Manager.
PC AGE helped him learn the material necessary to become certified and also helped him find employment after his studies were complete.
“The instructors were really helpful. They advised me on what the job opportunities would be in certain fields I was considering and helped me network to get a job,” Malik said. “If a student is having a difficult time with the lessons, the instructors will help them after class until they’ve learned it.”
Malik now enjoys a much higher quality of life than when he first decided to enroll at PC AGE. He earns almost triple what he was making at Macy’s, so he has fewer financial concerns. He and his wife were living in his parents’ house, but now they have moved to their own apartment with sons Mustafa, 2, and Hassan, 6.
“I enjoy my work and my family is well taken care of,” Malik said.
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Syed Naqvi, 22, is currently studying electrical engineering at the New York Institute of Technology, but that isn’t enough for him. He believes he will be better prepared for his future by also taking certification courses at PC AGE Career Institute.
The Elizabeth resident is hoping to land the best full-time job he can and getting as many certifications from PC AGE as possible can help make that happen.
“Attending PC AGE will help me get a better full-time job and make me more confident in what I am doing now,” Naqvi said. “I expect to make more money early on in my career because I will have all of my certifications.”
Naqvi currently works part-time as a PC technician at Siemens. He maintains and rebuilds PCs, solves customer problems and handles general troubleshooting issues. He enjoys the job, but has his eye on acquiring a full-time job in the near future.
“I expect the PC AGE training to help me get off to a good start in my career. There are a lot of job opportunities in the IT field,” Naqvi said. “Right now, I would like to get a really good, steady job. Later down the road, I might want to open up my own business.”
Naqvi moved to New Jersey from India in 2002. In his spare time he plays tennis and helps friends fix their computer and cell phone problems.
“I like solving problems,” Naqvi said.
Just over a year ago, William Clifford, 33, was living in Chicago making a good living as a bartender. The New-Jersey native lived in the Windy City for 10 years before deciding to move back to New Jersey. He moved to Verona and looked for work as a bartender, but couldn’t find a job anywhere.
“I couldn’t find any work as a bartender,” Clifford said. “I had to take a job working part-time at a liquor store.”
Clifford knew working in the liquor store wasn’t a permanent solution. When he saw an ad for PC AGE on the PATH train to Manhattan, he decided to contact the school to see what his options were. He enrolled in March and has already received his CompTIA A+ certification and his Windows 7 certification. He is still attending the school and will consider going into computer education.
“I’ve been pondering my career goals lately,” Clifford said. “I’m leaning toward instruction right now. I think I want to go into education.”
Clifford already finds he is more comfortable speaking with prospective employers. He has more confidence and more career prospects.
“I definitely feel like I have more options for my life,” Clifford said. “I have my resume out there and I’m getting a lot of call backs. When I moved back from Chicago I wasn’t too sure of myself, so PC AGE has helped empower me in a sense.”
The only real stress in his life now is getting back and forth from classes and job interviews.
“It will be a little easier when I get a car,” Clifford joked.William Clifford
Ten years ago, Zack Hosaini was standing behind a cash register at Roy Rogers, working as many hours as he could to make ends meet.
The 35-year-old Parsippany resident was making minimum-wage at the fast-food restaurant. With a daughter on the way, he needed to earn more money. He decided to enroll at PC Age Career Institute.
After graduating from PC Age, Hosaini did some contracting work and then landed a job as a Site Lead/Systems Engineer with Quest Diagnostics. He now handles the day-to-day Information Technology issues at the company’s Teterboro office, including system upgrades and software certifications. He has asked that his salary not be revealed, but says he is very happy with it.
“I went from being a minimum-wage employee to being able to purchase a house,” Hosaini said. “I don’t have to put in a lot of crazy hours either. I get to spend more time with my family.”
Hosaini was born in Turkey and came to New Jersey by way of San Diego. He is married with two children ages 10 and 1. He said the IT field was booming when Hosaini graduated from PC Age.
“A lot of companies needed technical support people back then,” Hosaini said. “They were hiring people from overseas because the demand was so high. PC Age had the curriculum to prepare me to take the job right away.”
Hosaini aspires to become an IT Manager, working on the technical side rather than the personnel management side. He now attends Thomas Edison State University part-time. His PC Age credits are transferable, so he will graduate sooner than the average student and at a reduced cost.Zack Hosaini
After 9 years as a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, I decided to switch fields into IT and computer networks/support. I considered doing "self-training", either online or by using books. I decided against that, and chose PC AGE for the benefits of a live instructor and access to "practice" servers and workstations in an isolated environment. PC AGE was also offering the fastest course (~9 months) compared to other technical schools, and my desire was to minimize my "time lost" (aka time unemployed) during my career transition. Thanks to the resources available at the school, I was able to meet my target goals of taking and passing every certification exam within 1 week of completing the corresponding PC AGE course. (note: results not typical of most students). Considering I had no prior industry experience in IT, having these certifications was crucial to landing my first job. My current employer cites my rapid acquisition of certifications as impressive and one of the reasons they were willing to hire me. on a personal note, things here are fun and I'm learning lotsPaul
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