7 Myths About Technology Careers

This great blog entry from our friends at Creating IT Futures highlights some of the key misconceptions about working in technology.  Don’t let any of them discourage you! The electronic systems industry is exciting, dynamic, constantly changing and very “hands on”!  And computer/networking skills are becoming more important every day!


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ESPA Certification Adopted by Career College of Northern Nevada

CCNN in Reno, Nevada offers a variety of programs aimed at preparing students for careers in technology. Their Industrial Electronics Technology program digs deep into the skills a technician needs to troubleshoot and calibrate electronic equipment in the field. This comprehensive training will make graduates extremely valuable in the electronic systems industry, and the ESPA partnership will ensure that there is a strong connection between the school and employers desperately seeking qualified technicians.

To learn more about the program or about how to hire graduates, visit www.ccnn.edu.


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Atlanta Tech becomes ESPA Authorized Training Partner

Atlanta Technical College traces its origins back to Smith-Hughes Vocational School, which opened just after World War II.  After six decades and multiple locations, it now serves a student body of nearly 5,000, and offers over forty academic programs. The adoption of the ESPA curriculum and certification within their electronics program will help bring qualified entry-level technicians directly into the workforce with the skills they need to begin a promising career in the electronic systems industry.  We look forward to working closely with Mr. Harry Brockington and his team.

For more info on Atlanta Tech visit http://www.atlantatech.edu/


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Let’s Get IT Students Excited About Careers in Electronic Systems

What do we want? Qualified people!
When do we need them? Now!

That chant has been heard non-stop for a few years now, and ESPA is out there doing what we can to help. More certifications than ever, more schools than ever.
Four new training partners in the first quarter of 2017. And a few of our newer partners really stand out, because they are either including a solid foundation in networking in their training ,or adding  electronic systems integration content to their existing IT program. The perfect combination of skills. The perfect new hire!

We are now building in this idea by rolling out a concerted effort to get this message to IT students, at both the high school and post-secondary level:
“Put your IT skills to work in the electronic systems industry, where you will be involved exciting projects and new technologies every single day”.

We just provided an article for CompTIA’s Creating IT Futures website, explaining why these folks with their A+, Net+, and Security+ certifications should seriously look at our industry as a promising career path. You can read this piece here.
We are also creating a flyer which is aimed at IT students, distilling that same message to grab their attention and encourage them to get more information.

Here’s what you can do.  When you look around your community for a school that might be a good fit for ESPA EST training and certification, look at not only electronics programs, but at IT programs. There are plenty of jobs waiting for these computer savvy students, but some people simply don’t want to spend their career sitting at a computer analyzing data or fixing problems remotely. Some people want to actually design and build things they can see and hear. That’s where our industry comes in. And with their IT skills they will have a leg up and a much faster track to advancement.

Bottom line: Start looking for your next hire among people with schooling and certifications in IT.  And even better, help us get some electronic systems programs into those schools!


Here you can find valuable information about IT and its ties to the Electronic Systems Industry.

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IT Futures in Electronic Systems

If you are a student who is gaining skills in computer tech and networking, you should seriously consider a career in electronic systems. Virtually every component that is integrated into residential or commercial systems is now dependent on the network. And computer programming skills translate pretty seamlessly toward configuring and programming control systems.  ESPA is partnering with the CompTIA Education Foundation to raise awareness of these great career opportunities. Read more on the Creating IT Futures website.




Here you can find valuable information about IT and its ties to the Electronic Systems Industry.

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Bedrock Learning Formalizes ESPA Partnership

For twenty years, Bedrock Learning has been offering training that focuses on residential systems, from the infrastructure to lighting and home theater. They currently offer eight different online courses covering these technical topics, along with printed course guides. Their Fundamentals for Electronic Systems Technicians course aligns well with the ESPA body of knowledge, and founder Helen Heneveld has been a strong supporter of ESPA and other workforce initiatives for many years.

We are pleased to welcome Bedrock Learning as an ESPA Authorized Training Partner, and encourage you to check out their online training at http://www.bedrocklearning.com!


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“ESPA Offers Help Finding Technicians”

ESPA was recently featured in Residential Systems for our commitment to bring together employers and certified ESTs new to the workforce.

You can read the piece here.

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Large Group of ESTs Finishing Programs in February

Most career centers and community colleges run traditional semesters but many tech schools have staggered start and finish times.

This is the case with the 6 Lincoln Tech EST programs located across the midwest and east coast. In fact, they will have an unusually large group finishing soon.

Altogether, the Union NJ, Mahwah NJ, and Columbia MD locations administered 60 ESPA exams in January, so they will be entering the job market soon. If you are an employer looking to hire a well-prepared technician in any of these markets, contact the Lincoln Tech near you and ask for their Career Services department!

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2016 Was a Great Year for ESPA

Strong growth in exams, book sales, and new schools all add up to a strong year for the ESPA program. And more exciting initiatives are planned for 2017.

Read the entire report here!.

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CEDIA Updates and Sneak Peeks

CEDIA CEO Vin Bruno discusses 2016 and provides us all with a sneak peek of upcoming events.

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