posted on Mar, 23 2005 @ 11:18 PM
Pick an area of IT your interested in such as Programming, Hardware, Security, Administration, Database Management, etc. Your HS should be able to
provide you with a list of local colleges and universities. Picking a school is a very personal deal, you have to look at how much you are willing to
spend, type of school(2 year, 4 year, etc), location, and programs offered. A word of advice howerver, if you plan to seek a good paying job in IT,
go for a 4 year school over the 2 year community colleges, they seldom measure up to real universities and 4 year colleges.
Since certs were already mentioned, A+ and MCSE are very good starting points, though MCSE is rather difficul from what Ive heard and costs a small
fortune to complete all the tests.
Also, when the SAT and other college prep tests are offered, take them. Those scores help you get placed in college, and having a higher score makes
you much more desireable to the college as a student.
Scholarships; these are absolutely a must. Start reading up on them right away to figure out the application processes, payouts, and deadlines to get
them secured by the time your ready to start college. The beauty of scholarships is that they don't have to be paid back like student loands which
often haunt studnets years after they have completed college and entered the workforce.