Learn Lots and Win Big All in One Sensational Day

September 30th, 2016 No comments

Do you like free money? Who doesn’t? It just so happens that in two weeks, we’re giving a LOT of it away. Over $500,000 to be exact and what’s better is you could be a lucky recipient of it. Ok, now that I have your attention, let me explain how you could win. It doesn’t mean that just by reading this blog, Ben and his clique are going to magically fly out of the computer screen and into your pockets (although, that would be pretty nice).

Show Up
On October 14, we are hosting our biggest event of the year, SpecTECHular. SpecTECHular is a free one-day technology open house in which educational workshops are offered, covering everything from information technology and security to office applications and professional development. These hour-long breakout sessions are led by our award-winning instructors at 19 of our 22 locations (agendas do vary per location). This all sounds pretty good, right? Well, there’s more.

Aside from partaking in the workshops, each person in attendance will receive a complimentary lunch as well as the chance to win an assortment of prizes – these include application and technical classes, Microsoft Office 365 for your home and others to be announced.

The second Friday of Fall’s favorite month appears to be a phenomenal day for one more reason.

Take a Chance
Remember when I said free money? Of course you do, that’s why you’re still reading this. Well, each person in attendance will have the opportunity to win a fully-paid career training programs. Each center will be giving away one professional program valued at $19,500 and one associate program, valued at $7,500. In total, we will be giving away over 500 large in educational opportunities.

Make a Change
Let’s say, you win one of the programs, but feel as though you wouldn’t benefit as much from it as someone else. That’s fine. By all means, offer it to them. In order to win one of these free programs, you must be in attendance when they are awarded but once received, you can gift it out to whomever you want.

Now, should you be the fortunate individual to win, you have the opportunity to choose training that leads to a career in a high demand field, such as security IT, network systems administration, database administration, business administration or medical office administration. The monetary amount will cover each program’s tuition, including multiple training courses, class courseware and the standard certification exam voucher.

Be Present (to win!)
Learn what’s new with Windows 10, delve into the importance of business acumen or take the first step into pursuing a new career path. Whatever your interests are, SpecTECHular is a unique happening and we encourage everyone to experience the fun. Remember, you must be present to win. But, you already knew that – see you in October.

Register now.


7 Tips You Need to Know for Cybersecurity in the Workplace

September 28th, 2016 No comments

October. It’s the heart of football season and a time when pumpkin spice surfaces as the premier ingredient in the cooking world. But October is also a time for something more serious; something that each of us should place on a pedestal above such a highly touted culinary craving: cybersecurity.

Supported by the Department of Homeland Security, October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Today, we are more connected than ever foreign and domestically. With the increasing prevalence of smart devices, accredited to the international westernization of society, we must be more alert and secure than ever before. Advancements in modern technology have been one of the greatest phenomena, yet place us in one of the most vulnerable states.

Our dependency on computers, mobile devices and cloud-based technologies has enhanced our way of life and made things easier, especially in the workforce. Companies are becoming more comfortable with integrating and storing digital data, for our consumption and evaluation. On the flip side, these actions pose alarming threats from hackers and illegal cyber-attacking groups alike, searching for the most susceptible companies on whom to prey. The incursion on healthcare organizations, banks and even retail chains are occurring more frequently and not without dire consequences.

Steer Clear of Cyber Culprits & Digital Demons
As awful as it sounds, the current trend has become to attack company’s human resources departments. Why you ask? Simply put, this is where all of the most sensitive employee information is held. HR is a goldmine of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) – all of a person’s personal information (name, DOB, SSN, postal address, etc.) – and arguably the hottest commodity. Additionally, they monitor payroll and other financial systems nestled within an organization. Unfortunately, there is a pretty lucrative underground market for criminals who plan to exploit and resell this information and that virtual emporium is growing.

With all that being said, here are the 7 best tips for everyone in the workplace who wants to keep their information secure from cyber culprits and digital demons and maintain the protection for your HR department:

  1. Passwords, passwords, passwords.
    No matter what department you’re in, do not use the same password for every login account you have. Also, please don’t be the person in the office who has the sticky notes bordering your monitor full of usernames and passwords for everyone to see. I know “Bob” sitting next to you probably could care less, but that’s private information that only you should know.

  2. Training during the on-boarding process.
    Understanding the company culture and assigning new projects might take precedent in new hire orientation, but instilling proper security measures should be a priority as well. If, from day one, your new hire understood the severity of potential risks and exercised correct security procedures, the chance of an attack will lessen enormously.

  3. This isn’t just a job for IT.
    Sure, IT are the ones who get paid to ensure malware and cyber threats are kept at bay, but it’s everyone’s responsibility within a company to avoid such dangers. Your IT department, or whoever is in charge of handling your organization’s security, would greatly appreciate everyone’s participation and it would make their jobs a lot easier.

  4. Educate everyone extensively.
    This can’t be stressed enough: no matter your role within your company, everyone must be held accountable for their actions and technological behavior. HR needs to be the parents in this relationship and educate their employees a couple times throughout each calendar year.

  5. Stress caution when assimilating work and personal devices.
    If you are going to merge your personal devices with work, such as emails, calendars or even projects, be aware of your surroundings when reviewing this information. Understand the connection you are on, whether it be public or private, and recognize where you are outside of the office.

  6. Social engineering is not cool.
    According to Dell SecureWorks, 70% of cyber-attacks are attributed to human elements. This is exclusively what social engineering depends on. Similar to phishing scams, this form of psychological manipulation, performed by fraudsters, dupes people into believing they are providing confidential information to a known source. These messages can be communicated in forms of emails that might imitate their boss requesting a social security number for an urgent matter or even a voicemail from your “co-worker” wanting to know where you live so they can drop something off. Be careful, because these messages can be replicated almost identically to that of your boss, co-worker or anyone else. This is ultimately phase one of the infiltration of your HR department and/or company as a whole.

  7. You’re smart. But so are cyber sneaks.
    Although I know you are aware that such cyber-attacks are nothing new in the working world, it’s undeniably important we understand that hackers are always one step ahead of current security practices and will stop at nothing to satisfy their cruel intentions. You’re smart, so act smart.

In addition to implementing these tips, go beyond the firewall of security and expand your education. New Horizons offers a plethora of cybersecurity courses from vendor-neutral vendors such as CompTIA, EC-Council and many more. Are you doing your part to keep you and your company’s information secure?

Categories: IT News, News, security

Access Adobe Stock from InDesign and Increase Your Options (InDesign CC/CC 2014/CC 2015)

September 20th, 2016 No comments

Creating mockups for your clients can be stressful when you aren’t sure which stock art image they’ll prefer, and you don’t want to pay to download images you won’t use. There’s an easy remedy to this problem when you utilize Adobe Stock. It’s  easy to access Adobe Stock directly from InDesign, and you can save watermarked image previews right to your library for use in your mockups.

First, choose Window > CC Libraries. Type keywords specific to your search in the Search Adobe Stock text field at the top of the panel, and press Enter. The images will display in the panel, where you can click the cloud icon on the image to save it to your library, or right click on the image and choose Save Preview To > My Library. You can also right-click on the image and choose Find Similar On Web, to have InDesign launch your browser and take you to Adobe Stock online where you’ll get more search options. Once an image preview is in your library, you can click and drag any it to the page where it will appear with a watermark on it. Size it to your needs and send your client a mockup. In fact, do this with multiple images! Then your client can decide which image he wants and you only need to purchase the image that you know you’ll use!

Categories: Tips & Tricks

How to Maintain IT Sanity During Mergers, Acquisitions and Spin-Offs

September 20th, 2016 No comments

While mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs can create opportunities for an IT department, they can also be very frustrating events. Senior managers may not be aware of the IT ramifications, such as the need to transfer a domain or ensure that company email will still be available during the transition. This may result in inadequate lead time to ensure that these issues are handled smoothly. Mergers may also be a cost-cutting period, resulting in cuts to departments that are considered overhead. Furthermore, new management may not be aware of what IT staff spend their time doing and why it’s important. Both of these factors can result either in layoffs or in assigning additional side tasks to IT administrators that distract them from the work of keeping the company’s essential infrastructure running.

To help avoid these problems, be proactive about getting information as soon as you hear that any of these kinds of changes may be on the horizon. Make a plan regarding the key activities that will be necessary for a smooth transition. Document in a brief but clear way your transition plan, as well as your regular tasks (especially the ones you consider most essential). This should include what you do, how much time it takes, and why it’s important. Make a point of communicating your transition plan to the appropriate manager or executive, and be ready to refer to your documentation of essential ongoing tasks as needed. As the transition date approaches, keep the communication open with regular updates. If, despite your efforts, you’re asked to spend time on tasks you feel aren’t your main job, make an effort to shine in these, as they may be a test to see if your position should be retained.

Categories: Tips & Tricks

Change Paragraph Alignment From the Keyboard (2000/2002/2003/2004/2007/2010)

September 20th, 2016 No comments

To change the alignment of a paragraph, you can click the Align Left, Center, Align Right, or Justify buttons on the Formatting toolbar (the Home tab’s Paragraph group in Word 2007 and 2010). You can also select Format | Paragraph, click on the Indents And Spacing tab, and choose the desired setting from the Alignment dropdown list. But, when you’re typing up the paragraph you need to align, where are your hands? They’re on the keyboard, of course. Instead of breaking the flow by moving to the mouse to apply alignment settings, you can keep your fingers on the keyboard using the helpful alignment shortcut keys listed in the table below.

Cut out this handy table and keep it next to your desk so you can use these shortcut keys on command.

Table: Alignment shortcuts

Alignment command Shortcut key
Align Left [Ctrl]L
Align Center [Ctrl]E
Align Right [Ctrl]R
Justify [Ctrl]J
Note: On the Mac, use [command] instead of [Ctrl]

Categories: Tips & Tricks

New Horizons Successful Again at 2016 EC-Council Global Awards

September 2nd, 2016 No comments

For the fifth time in recent years, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers has been recognized the 2016 EC-Council Circle of Excellence – Enterprise award winner. Also adding another notch to his belt is Pete Cortez, New Horizons Technical Instructor, who won an Instructor Circle of Excellence award for North America.

The Circle of Excellence Award is one aimed to recognize a training centers’ remarkable success of its students and top-notch execution of EC-Council instruction.

Standing out as one of New Horizons’ most decorated instructors, this year’s award marks Cortez’s tenth EC-Council and fourth instructor recognition, since joining the New Horizons team in 2001.

“Receiving the EC-Council Circle of Excellence award has been a tremendous and humbling experience,” notes Cortez. “Teaching EC-Council classes for several years has been the ultimate dream for me. I feel very lucky to be able to teach my passion on a daily basis.”

Fashioned in 2007, The EC-Council Global Awards program is an event showcasing their appreciation for the vast network of Accredited Training Centers, which spans the globe throughout 700 different centers, as well as a myriad of Certified EC-Council instructors.

About New Horizons Computer Learning Centers/5 Point Enterprises

5 Point Enterprises is an ownership group of 22 New Horizons Computer Learning Centers locations in North America. With broad capabilities and deep industry alliances, New Horizons is committed to actively and effectively managing life-long learning needs through a full range of technical, application and business skills training solutions. For over 30 years, in over 22 locations, New Horizons has been dedicated to producing a measurable and value-added impact on individuals and organizations, ensuring the highest return on a training investment. For more information, connect with us at nhcomputerlearning.com.

About EC-Council

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various e-business and security skills. EC Council is the owner and developer of E-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), License Penetration Tester (LPT) programs, and various others offered in over 60 countries around the globe. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies. For more information about EC-Council, please visit http://www.eccouncil.org

Categories: Company News

New Horizons Crowned CompTIA Outstanding Partner of the Year

September 2nd, 2016 No comments

Outstanding. A word that simply means to be exceptionally good. To be exceptionally good, you must stand out. To stand out, you must possess phenomenal potentials. That is exactly what New Horizons Computer Learning Centers has done.

Receiving Top Honors
This month, New Horizons has been awarded the 2016 Outstanding Partner Award in the Platinum Partner Category by CompTIA, the leading global provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications. Held annually, the CompTIA Partner Summit serves to identify partners from all over the world in multiple categories of excellence. Their partnership awards recognize partners who have exhibited a genuine commitment in collaborating with CompTIA year-in and year-out. Regularly exploring new and innovative ways to teach CompTIA’s vendor-neutral certifications are among the many reasons why this award was bestowed upon New Horizons.

“We are so honored to receive this award from such a highly admired organization as CompTIA,” adds Mark Kassing, product specialist for New Horizons Computer Learning Centers/ 5 Point Enterprises franchise group. “Our partnership with CompTIA continues to be so beneficial because of their commitment and alignment to the New Horizons mission: ‘Empower people around the world to succeed through learning.’  The knowledge gained by our students through CompTIA’s curriculum, world class instruction and finally, certification, truly allows our students to be more successful.”

To the Ones Who Teach
Selected from an elite list of platinum partners, receiving this decoration is a direct result of the high quality training provided by our world-class instructors. Their expertise and passion for teaching are second-to-none.  To provide an exceptional service to every student is a top priority and something we at New Horizons take very seriously. It’s undoubtedly satisfying when the hard work and dedication can come together and be recognized amidst numerous other CompTIA partners who are just as deserving.

Keith Glass, director of training at New Horizons states, “It is both exciting and humbling to receive such an esteemed award, especially considering the other quality CompTIA – the voice of Information Technology training partners included in this group.”

Glass continues, “The credit belongs entirely to our Instructor team. These individuals are exceptional for a number of reasons, the primary being their true dedication to their students, as well as to their craft. This team of training professionals works continually to hone and refine their teaching and technical skills making certain they are on top of their certifications and the real-world application of the dynamic technologies they teach.”

Get Ahead in Your Career
New Horizons provides a range of CompTIA training from A+ to Advanced Security Practitioner to Train the Trainer+. Our collection contains award-winning courseware with breadth and depth across critical technology subject areas, continually developed to keep up with the constantly changing requirements for the professional certifications. Getting an IT certification can help you get ahead in your career.

Here are the top five reasons to get CompTIA certified:

  1. Learn Skills to Get a New Job – CompTIA certifications assure employers of a candidate’s basic technology skills and prove you know how to get the job done.
  2. Preserve Your Job & Salary – As the economic landscape continues to evolve, certifications can lock you into tiered salary levels and prove expertise that stands above the rest.
  3. Ready to Change Jobs? CompTIA certifications help candidates qualify for new job opportunities, or advance your career in technology.
  4. Stand Out in the Resume Pile – Validated CompTIA certifications on your resume help you stand out among other applicants, giving you a greater opportunity for an interview.
  5. IT is Everywhere! IT skills are needed in most companies and there are simply not enough trained IT professionals to fill these jobs.

Review all of our CompTIA offerings.

Categories: Company News

A Lack of Engagement in the Workforce

August 31st, 2016 No comments

Isn’t it vexing when you and your superior have differing viewpoints? Do you manage a team and sense frustrations amongst them? Maybe you’re a member of an executive team and are constantly feeling like there isn’t enough time to achieve goals? No matter your rank, these are all difficulties experienced in the workplace that fashion disruption. A lingering absence of communication and respect inevitably detours the culture of a company.

It’s universally understood that all companies want to run their business in a prosperous and successful manner with a positive company culture. If you have employees who feel undervalued, lack the ability to prioritize with little direction or possess the ability to accomplish more projects, these goals can seem far-fetched. If your team is experiencing this skills gap, there’s a solution.

Move from Struggles to Solutions

Whether an entry-level individual with little to no prior experience who lacks time management skills, a member of a management team, responsible for finding solutions on day-to-day challenges, who would like coaching on business acumen, or a senior executive who holds a high degree of influence and wants to engage with your workforce using clearer emotional intelligence, the solution is professional development training.

We at New Horizons are happy to announce that we have designed and are eager to implement our very new professional development series. This series of courses will be delivered by dedicated instructors and leadership professionals with years of experience on professional growth. It’s imperative to us that each employee receives the best instruction possible. With teachers, mentors and coaches who are fully devoted to this professional development series, we are confident in knowing that’s exactly what will happen.

Tiffany Wallace, vice president of business development for New Horizons Computer Learning Centers states, “While we at New Horizons have provided professional development training for many years through our online training platform, we are further recognizing the need for improving transferrable skills of today’s workforce and expanding our client offerings.”

Wallace continues, “Expanding our curriculum of courses to offer in-depth leadership and professional development training is another example of New Horizons rising to meet the demands of our clients. Advanced soft skills topics address the holistic training needs of the organizations we work with every day. These top-of-the-line courses consist of interactive workshop-style deliveries that include real-life scenarios. Students will take what they learn with us and be able to immediately apply those skills back at their jobs.”

Customized Training for Professionals at Any Level

We have an extensive list of available course offerings which will all be provided through a customized private event approach. We’ll feature multiple levels of instruction, from beginner to executive level. Each series is curtailed to serve any student’s needs and generate an optimal learner experience, including: Essential, Intermediate, Management and Leadership, and Executive and Strategic.

Essential and Intermediate Series

Both of these series are geared towards individuals with limited to no prior experience or who are new to a particular field and in need of general skill development.

Management/Leadership Series

This series is for individuals who are responsible for solutions on day-to-day challenges, while managing processes and maintaining daily tasks.

Executive/Strategic Series

This series is for leaders who have a high degree of influence with years of experience and their knowledge is well beyond the novice level.

We are excited to launch this new professional development series http://ow.ly/jWgC303Mczk that will empower everyone to succeed through their newly developed skill sets.

Categories: Company News

Tips for New Microsoft Office Feature: Navigation Pane

August 29th, 2016 No comments
  • View tab > Show group > Navigation Pane
  • Rearrange the document by dragging and dropping text with heading styles within the pane. For example, move the first-level heading and all the text under it just by dragging the heading where you want it in the Navigation pane. No need for cut and paste
  • Markers on left of text collapse and expand sub levels
  • Three buttons:
    • Browse the headings in your document
    • Browse the pages in your document
    • Browse the results from your current search
  • Enter search information in the top white box for a rapid search. Occurrences are highlighted in list with corresponding page numbers as a screen tip Ctrl+F also activates the Navigation Pane. Consider using Ctrl+H to display the legacy Find/Replace dialog
Categories: Tips & Tricks

Save some time and use Illustrator’s handy pre-made patterns (Illustrator CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015)

August 29th, 2016 No comments

Creating seamless patterns is a cumbersome process, but the good news is you don’t have to go through that hassle. Illustrator comes with a number of pre-configured patterns that you can apply directly to an object as a fill. Select Window > Swatches to open the Swatches panel. Click on the options button and choose Open Swatch Library > Patterns, and then choose from one of the resulting libraries. Illustrator will open a new panel with that pattern library, displaying a number of pattern thumbnails. Then, with an object selected, click on one of the thumbnails in the library’s pattern panel to fill it with the pattern. It’s so easy!

Categories: Tips & Tricks
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