Winter 2021 Newsletter

President’s Message

Adaptability: ICT’s Most Successful Skill Set

ICT is no different than any other company when the COVID-19 pandemic caught everyone by surprise, and yet, the way we are learning and working right now is the way the world will look in 10 years. Schools and organizations that were hesitant to change have, unfortunately, been lost by the wayside, while those that were more progressive in their thinking now realize that this isn’t so scary after all.

Safety First

ICT is no different than any other company when the COVID-19 pandemic caught everyone by surprise, and yet, the way we are learning and working right now is the way the world will look in 10 years. Schools and organizations that were hesitant to change have, unfortunately, been lost by the wayside, while those that were more progressive in their thinking now realize that this isn’t so scary after all.

Virtual Classrooms & Educational
Assistance

ICT is no different than any other company when the COVID-19 pandemic caught everyone by surprise, and yet, the way we are learning and working right now is the way the world will look in 10 years. Schools and organizations that were hesitant to change have, unfortunately, been lost by the wayside, while those that were more progressive in their thinking now realize that this isn’t so scary after all.

Enrollment Growth

Enrollment has been better during this pandemic than our previous projections, with five of our campuses seeing significant growth and student retention has stayed high as well. I commend our hard-working admissions teams and dedicated faculty for this extraordinary outcome. Additionally, during this time we’ve been able to bring in new, talented leadership with fresh ideas and an abundance of energy, all of which has certainly contributed to this positive enrollment outcome.

Administrative Tweaks

During the pandemic, the administrative side of operating the college and serving students was the area where we knew we had to adapt quickly. Again, ICT’s staff really pulled through, creating the necessary online forms and setting up completely new virtual enrollment, financial aid, and class registration procedures. ICT prides itself on nurturing students through the process of admission, financial aid, new student orientation, and class registration. We wanted to make sure we could continue this through the pandemic.

What Now?

ICT’s college accrediting agency, Council on Occupational Education (COE), has extended the approval for 100 percent distance education until June 30, 2021. We will stay virtual as long as we believe it is in the best interest of our faculty, staff and students, and follow all regulatory guidelines. Today, ICT remains financially stable during this unstable time. The college continues to have no long-term debt and remains able to operate responsibly. The CARES Act provides an extension of assistance to students, allowing us to continue to serve a very deserving student market, while also providing a great place for our employees to make a difference in people’s lives.

Advice for a Different World

We’re going to see more companies embracing employees working from home and more schools delivering education in a virtual world. In order for those entering the new virtual work world to compete, they will need training and technology. For our alumni, I ask that you continue to appreciate that you received the absolute best training and technology skills to survive in this new world. For our current students, stay in school, study hard and learn as much as you can because when you graduate, you are going to need all the technology skills you can muster in this fast pace and changing world.

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— Thomas Blair, President

Top 5 Cultural Traditions of Vietnam

woman putting incense sticks on pot in vietnam

Superstition

Because of the skepticism surrounding science in parts of the country, Vietnamese philosophies for life traditionally and generally rely on emotions or the words of their forefathers. For example, in their 12-year lunar calendar many of the years are considered incompatible, meaning a traditional Vietnamese man could not marry a woman born in the wrong year because it would break the family ties with his parents and relatives. Duck foetus eggs are also meant to bring good luck; but eating them in odd numbers will reverse the process and send the bad luck tumbling back!

Martial arts

The Vietnamese martial arts tradition was born of the constant need for defense against foreign invaders. Ironically, it was also heavily influenced by China during its ongoing occupation, but over time the Vietnamese have developed their own distinct styles. ‘Vovinam’ was founded in Hanoi, and practitioners can be recognized by the blue uniforms they wear. It is most famous for its scissor kick, classically used to dismount attackers on horseback. ‘Vo Binh Dinh’ practitioners wear distinct black uniforms and owe their reputation to the legendary warrior king, Quang Trung. Traditional wrestling is also considered an ancient martial arts tradition and is practiced during Tet.

Religion

Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism are known in Vietnam as the ‘triple religion’, and all three are prevalent in Vietnamese culture. However, Vietnam owes much of its belief system to folk tales and in the traditional sense, is one of the least religious countries in the world. Its people turn to the worship of gods, goddesses and ancestors for guidance, and are the only known collection of people to have a god of the kitchen. It is also believed that failing to conduct proper rituals upon death will create ‘hungry ghosts’, so the spirit world is commonly considered to be of great importance.

Festivals

Tet, meaning ‘festival of the first day’, is the Lunar New Year and the biggest festival in Vietnam. It is a celebration of renewal and hope, and the majority of Vietnam closes for a week during the festival. Hoi An holds a Full Moon Festival once a month on the eve of each full moon during which lanterns are lit all over the city. Most Vietnamese festivals involve offerings to the spirit world, celebrations of life or commemorations of the dead, and so weddings and funerals in Vietnam are both joyous occasions – you might not quite be sure which one you’re watching!

Clothing

A fitted silk tunic called ‘Ao Dai’ is the Vietnamese national dress for women – it was briefly banned following the fall of Saigon, but is now made in white for schoolgirls. Dresses are commonly made of silk or cotton and sandals are made of old tire rubber. The national dress for men is similar, but it is loosefitting and shorter in length.

Featured Program

Don’t Just Dream IT...Do it

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The IT Program at ICT comes in two forms, the ASIT (Associates, 2-yr. degree) or the OSIT (Occupational, 1-yr. degree) but both programs can kickstart a growing career.

“Companies can’t function without an IT department,” says DeAndre Cannon, IT Department Chair. “IT is the backbone that blends the latest in software and hardware with human interaction.”

The program prepares students for the two-part certification test: CompTIA A+ Core 1 and Core 2. All companies are going to want certificated candidates and obtaining certification is a must. Our most popular courses are CIS 181 and CIS 191, the prep for the Core 1 and 2 classes. After passing your certification test and graduating the next step is placement in a position.

Externships are an important way for IT students to gain hands-on experience. With companies like Milner, One Path and ICT Tech Services, students spend an entire semester in tech services positions in asset and hardware, desktop support, managing phone and ticketing system, initial computer office set up and network equipment.

Getting a degree in the IT field requires academic studying, but learning how to best work and communicate with others is an integral part of getting hired. ICT supports students with required communications classes to improve interviewing and résumé skills.

“I played pro basketball overseas and after an injury I had to transition my way of thinking. What was I going to do now? I had to get organized and learn new skills. After getting my degree, I started simple home networking setups and now eight years later, I’m managing ICT’s IT Department and teaching. The field is always trending, changing and growing and I like that. My passion is to help all students pursue their dreams in IT.”

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