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LearnSmart Connects With Local Youth Training Organization

For the second time in as many years, LearnSmart is supporting Computer Mentors Group in an effort to “Bridge the Digital Divide” by donating both cash and product.

This year LearnSmart is donating over $10,000 in product, plus it is making a cash donation of $2,000. The donation will be used by Computer Mentors Group to support its summer version of the STEM Corps High School Program.

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STEM Corps High School Program is a unique Information Technology program that takes students through phases of development and provides them tools like Microsoft Office certification; skills in web design, videography and mobile app development; and real-world experience in leadership and project management. These skills make students attractive candidates for internships and employment in the Information Technology industry.

STEM Corps is offered as both an after-school and summer program, and has just completed enrollment for the summer program. The youth will use the LearnSmart eLearning system to assist them in obtaining Microsoft Office certifications. They will then continue using the eLearning system to enhance their skills that will be used to accomplish a summer project for other non-profit organizations in the area.  Last summer the projects included two websites, a phone app, a graphical project, and a video for five (5) different non-profit organizations. The program is free and works with youth ages 14 through 18 years of age.

“Supporting youth and the local non-profit community is a natural for us” says Jay Gandee, president of LearnSmart. “For this reason, LearnSmart proudly partners with Computer Mentors Group in their efforts to train the next generation of Information Technology professionals.”

To support the effort, LearnSmart has opened its complete library to the youth and employees of Computer Mentors Group.

“I want to personally thank LearnSmart for the donation” says Ralph Smith director of Computer Mentors Group. “As a non-profit we run a very lean organization and this donation of both eLearning and cash will assist us to be able to help more youth and other non-profit organizations.”



LearnSmart New Releases Update for June 2014

Our newest releases include courses on becoming a well-equipped leader, courses that review how to establish sexual-harassment-free workplaces, and courses on working with a multi-generational workforce represented in the 21st Century. All of these courses are available in our Knowledge Libraries:

1. Front-Line Leadership Series
2. Sexual Harassment Prevention – Quick Refresh
3. Workforce Generations



LearnSmart New Releases Update for May 2014

Our Knowledge Libraries are expanding. We are continually adding new titles. The newest releases include titlesfocusing on preparing you to implement a successful execution culture, on learning more about OSHA standards to establish a safe workplace, on reviewing the ethics associated with doing business. To learn more about these video trainings and other courses in the LearnSmart Knowledge Libraries, contact a LearnSmart Sales Representative today at 1-800-418-6789.



LearnSmart New Releases Update for April 2014

Our new releases are increasing the number of courses that are available in our Knowledge Libraries. To learn more about these offerings and LearnSmart Knowledge Libraries, contact a LearnSmart Sales Representative today at 1-800-418-6789.

Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services Series

As mentioned in our previous blog on course releases, this series contains six courses that will provide you with a practical and theoretical basis from which you can effectively administer Windows Server 2012. The goal of these courses is to thoroughly prepare you to sit for Microsoft’s Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (70-412) exam. In this series, the remaining courses released include:



Just In Time… Training

A few weeks ago, my Jeep had a flat tire. Just the thing I wanted to deal with on my Sunday afternoon [sarcastic tone]. As I am attempting to change the tire in the hot Florida sun, I realize that the tire wouldn’t come off of my Jeep. As several passer-bys came and gave advice as to how and why this had happened, we concluded that the tire was stuck because I had driven my Jeep on the beach while launching a kayak and the salt water must have rusted the wheel to the rotor. Several attempts of kicking and banging the wheel loose were unsuccessful, so I eventually turned to YouTube for advice.

I quickly found a training video posted by a user that explained 3 different techniques to aid in loosening the well-attached wheel from the vehicle. The first two attempts were not successful but the last proved to be the ace I was looking for. The YouTube video suggested that I loosen the lug nuts slightly and drive the vehicle a few yards while swerving the steering wheel back and forth in an attempt to loosen the locked wheel. IT WORKED! After an hour and a half of sweating through this process, I found my much needed answer online as a tutorial video.

This is a long winded story to introduce one of the most exciting and useful “Technology Trends Your Company Can’t Ignore” – “Just-in-Time Training.” It is just what it sounds like. Consider this scenario:

“Suppose your IT staff has to install some new hardware at all your company’s office locations. The hardware is brand new, complex, and requires special installation procedures. Rather than taking your IT staff out of work and putting them in a training course, you keep them on site without the specific training. Then, when they have to install the hardware or troubleshoot it, they can receive the training on how to do so in real time via their mobile device as they are installing or servicing the hardware.” – Daniel Burrus, 3 Technology Trends Your Company Can’t Ignore, LinkedIn.

With the LearnSmart iPad app and soon-to-be-released Android app, your support staff can pull up training videos and tutorials on the fly.

The LearnSmart apps allow users to access eLearning courses and videos through WiFi access or through the convenience of offline access, which gives the flexibility to be on the most remote job and still have the safety net of LearnSmart video to back them up – when WiFi, Internet, or even cellular signals just aren’t available.

According to LinkedIn influencer, Daniel Burrus, “using cloud-based technology for just-in-time services goes way beyond installation and repair. It could be used to train people on new software, train salespeople on product upgrades, instruct employees on new policies and procedures, etc. And it’s different and better than a standard tutorial, because the training can be accessed via any device, anywhere, and at anytime…”



Top 5 Certifications for Network Engineers in 2014

Based on CNN Money’s research on IT network engineers, individuals on this career path, at the highest level, are banking $100,000 or more.

Network engineers are responsible for implementing and maintaining the server network. It’s a hands-on type of job that sometimes has odd working hours; but overall, they’re the ones ensuring network communications remain constant and consistent. To become a network engineer, you need to gain the knowledge and experience  through education and application on how to successfully administer and troubleshoot a network. Once you’ve gained that knowledge and experience, certifications are the way to prove you have what it takes to be a successful network engineer. Read this article to view the top five certifications you can earn in network engineering and how our LearnSmart training will help you achieve these career paths.



If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

A common brain-teaser posits: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? No matter what answer you give, the riddler is likely to respond with “How do you know?”

A similar conundrum often occurs with business training. If a bunch of your employees take a training course and there’s no one around to observe the consequences, does the company gain any benefit from the training? Again, the simple retort is, how do you know? Without the requisite follow-up, training becomes a waste of time, money and effort.

In order to overcome this quandary, it is essential to help employees make the jump from point A (where they go through the training and, ostensibly, learn something) to point B (where they apply the information that they’ve learned to their everyday work duties). This operation is known as learning transfer, and it is a critical step in the training process. Only by monitoring learning transfer can the people, who arranged and paid for the training, get a glimpse into how well their investment paid off. This approach is adapted from the well-known Kirkpatrick Model – a system developed in 1954 as a means of measuring the business value of training programs.