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How would a high school student start working on Microsoft or Cisco type certifications? Should they?

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I don't know anything at all about IT certifications other than they exist. Are any of these appropriate to start in high school? Could you get a part time job with one?

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My nieces attend a magnet school that has their kids do several certifications while in high school, and I think they start the first one in middle school. Back when DH did a bunch of them, it was a matter of prepare for the test, set at time to take it at an authorized testing center (the one he did his at was at Sylvan learning centers, making him, usually, the one adult surrounded by a bunch of kids) and just take it. I think my nieces can take theirs at school. 

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I posted on your other thread before I saw this one. Take a look at the CompTia certifications (which are not proprietary) unless you have a reason to be certified on a specific one. Yes, you can get entry level IT work with the basic exams, and more with the higher exams and higher experience.

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My nephew has done some Microsoft certifications in brick and mortar school. I believe it was in Microsoft software though--power point and Excel, if not also Word. I am not sure what else he has been certified for.

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Our local CC offers a Cisco certification course.  It is pretty intensive.....3 semesters full time.  BUT, the graduates have done well on Red Hat and Cisco certification exams.

Also, our CC offers Microsoft office certifications throught their Community Education program (ie not a degree seeking program).

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