Sunday, December 30, 2012

Inspiration to Follow Your Dreams

I love this video it inspired me to dig deep and be better. There are not many career colleges out their that care about you like Asher College does. They are all about the student and each student has their own experiences.  We often hear knowledge is power but we rarely see something so inspiring showing us how to unleash the full potential and reminding us when we were most create and inspired as children. Thank You Asher College 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Through These Doors...

I’ve always liked doorways. There’s something about the idea that a door represents the transition from one place to another, from one state of being to another. I bring this up because I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the words that are painted above the doorway into the classroom at the San Jose Campus of Asher College.

“Through these doors you become employable.”

That certainly was the case for me. At this time last year, I was a student of Asher College, with high hopes for a new career in IT, but no real prospects.

Fast forward a year. Instead of a Asher College Student, I’m now an Asher College instructor. But its more than just the new job. It’s the changes. In a previous life, a few years ago, I was a happy trade show manager. But walking through the doors of Asher College (as it was then known) brought me to a different life and a different career.

I used to work surrounded by thousands of strangers on a trade show floor, none of whom I really wanted to meet. Now I look forward to reaching the campus every day. Every day, a student or co-worker says or does something that leaves me amazed, bemused, entertained, puzzled or a combination of all four. Life is interesting and fun again.

I get to work with people who make me laugh. I get to work with people who make me cry. I get to work with people who constantly amaze me with their brilliance, their charm, and their grace. Best of all, I get to work with people I care about. I get to work with people who are trying to better their lives and I get to play a major part in that.

Is it any wonder that my job satisfaction is through the roof? And to think, all I had to do was to walk through a pair of doors.
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Where is Information Technology used today

Where is Information Technology used today?

Information Technology is the basis for everything in today's world. You could be driving to fast on the freeway and get pulled over and issued a speeding ticket, the technology used to find your rate of speed was through information technology. The radar gun has detailed information technology calculations that reveal to the officer the rate of speed you are traveling.

Every day we always chose to start our day off with a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea. The leading service provider of these services is Starbucks. Every day, millions of people get a Starbucks to get their day started. They pay with debit cards that utilize information technology to process and store the transaction electronically so that they can have verification that they were actually the customer that purchased that cup of coffee and that exact location of the said transaction.

We use information technology today in every business weather we are answering phones filing documents typing emails, scanning files, sending faxes all of these are forms of information technology.  The Las Vegas Strip is one of the biggest displays of how information technology is used in today's world. Each casino located on Las Vegas Boulevard has a LCD displayed in front of the casino that shows what events are taking place inside that hotel and casino as well as what is coming soon. These LCD used databases and networks to display these adds on the Las vegas strip. The lighting and attractions like the Bellagio are all run by computer and people who went through a form of advanced computer training school or college are the ones who were hired to do these jobs.

When we use bill pay from Bank of America or Wells Fargo or Chase Bank we are utilizing information technology to pay our bills online electronically. IT & Computers is in practically everything that we do today. Almost 80% of all pictures taken today are with Smart phones that companies like Apple & Microsoft have focused  large amounts of resources to focus their efforts to develop and improve this area of information technology and how we use it.

Almost everything we touch and use being some sort of information technology it's no wonder Information Technology is the fastest growing industry in the world.  Many jobs have been replaced by databases and computers so going to career training school for information technology is the best way to assure yourself that you will always have places you can work and have a career that will always be around.

Asher College is the Leader In Information Technology Trade Schools & Colleges visit one of our 4 campus locations  Sacramento CA, San Jose CA, Las Vegas NV, Dallas TX

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Windows phone, Good or Bad?

Everywhere i go, only few can actually recognize my phone considering it is quite an underdog to specific audiences. With other great technology out there, where does the Windows phone sit?

For example, I happen to have a Nokia Lumia 900, which yes, it will survive a nuclear holocaust with how sturdy they made it, but the inside is much better than the outside. With a 1.4Ghz Qualcom Scorpion processor (which is very similar to the ARM Cortex-A8) you can be sure it has plenty of power to run the ever so wonderful Windows Mobile 7.5 code name Mango. The Lumia 900 also features an 8MP rear camera with a 1MP front facing camera as well as an Adreno 205 gpu, with 512 RAM, 512 ROM and 16gb of internal flash memory.

I am currently attending Asher College in one of the information technology program

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I love my laptop, but maybe i should get a netbook..

Laptops vs Netbooks
Why go for a netbook over a laptop or vice versa?
We all know how awesome a new laptop can be, but what about that netbook for a few hundred dollars less! Its small, lightweight, portable, and can still run all my basic programs, e.i. iTunes, Firefox, Aim, Skype etc. The netbook is great, built with ultra portable technology such as the Intel iU or Atom processors and even AMD mobile APU processors which have built in graphics to give that super small system the boost it needs.
However, why not spend the few hundred more for that super packed, ultra awesome laptop you've had your sites set on for the last few months! Its got a processor that can turbo clock, mobile quad core processing and even large amounts of ram or hdd expandability! There are so many programs that could run so well on this brand new laptop that a little netbook just couldnt handle.
Speaking with a few people to get their opinions on why someone would choose one over the other, I've found theres alot to choosing one or the other.  Are you lookig for some portability or do you prefer to be ultra poartable? On that note, how much processing power does one need while on the go? Lastly, how much expandability do need? Let's answer each of these side by side.
Are you looking for some portability or do you prefer to be ultra poartable? Laptops were designed to be small and light so anyone could use it anywhere, but with all this new hardware and technology laptops are becoming bigger and better. The netbook takes from the original concept of a laptop and keeps it in line. Its small 9 - 12 inches is most likely the norm for netbooks. Laptops can range anywhere from 13 - 18 inches in size, some even bigger than that! Smaller is better when you're constantly on the move. Weight factors in as well, just because it iss a 14 inch laptop doesnt mean it is going to be light as a feather. Netbooks are small in form which provide less weight when carrying one around, let's say 2 to 4 lbs. With a big screen comes a big responsability of not dropping that 5 - 9+ lbs laptop! Though, if you dont mind lugging around a 6lbs laptop with all your student books, or business paperwork, this wont be a problem for you.
How much processing power does one need while on the go? Here is where the laptop reigns over the netbook, CPU POWER! Yes we all know laptops are the He-Man, if you will, of the portable PC community. Does that make the netbook the Adam of this mobile community? Of course, well, more like the Atom, Intel's Atom to be specific. Possibly even the iU series if you want to be fancy. Netbooks have come in under the market with smaller and less watt heavy mobile CPU's. These processors were desined to be able to do the day to day computing you need without having an excess of cores or ghz. This makes it a great place marker for that person who is constantly traveling with a large load and still needs to tag a pc along for checking emails.
How much expandability do need? Seriously, how many peripherals does one use? That external hard drive, maybe a thumb drive, why not a spare monitor or even an SD card; all great add-ons, and that only takes up 2 usb ports, a vga port, and an SD card slot. This is perfect, especially for a netbook, which tends to have limited expandability. What use would I need for another one or two usb ports, an esata port, ieee 1394, or even an express card slot? Most higher end laptops come with these features, but rarely are they all used at once.
To round this all up, we now know that netbooks are limited in what they can do based on hardware. Laptops are also hindered by their size and hardware, though they still produce more overall functionality and power than a netbook.
So, your next purchase, will it be power or portability?
IT student @ Asher College LV - Keith

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Apple, Windows, BlackBerry, or Android?

Who's been out looking for a new phone lately, or possibly a brand new tablet pc? With all the options available which do you choose?

Apple is the leader in name brand with products like the iPhone, iPad, and even the iPod Touch.  All of which come with a fully packed iOS featuring tons of apps and a very user friendly interface.

Windows, the newbie of the mobile market! Well not quite, seeing as they use to rule the PDA market back in the day. For which Blackberry slowly took hold. Now with the windows revamp, showing off their mobile OS's such as Windows 7 mobile and Windows 8 mobile. Windows gives you plenty of phones and tablets to choose from, but how is their new and improved mobile OS?

This Leads us to the BlackBerry, which has put out quite alot of great business based phones. Which we all understand is great for business, but does the BB keep pace with Apple, Windows or even Android!

Lastly, my personal choice Android. The ever changing, always upgrading, and widely versitile little green Android! There are so many options and OS's out for the android which one do you go with, what do you use it or?

What is really being asked is which would you choose, or which would you prefer; and why?

IT student @ Asher College LV- Keith

Friday, November 30, 2012

Why get an Associates Degree?

Why is an Associates Degree important in the Information Technology industry? What are employers looking for? With the technology industry booming, college graduates with an Associates Degree will be top amongst job candidates employers will be looking at. Getting your IT Associates Degree from Asher College will put you ahead of other graduates who may only have industry certifications. Put your best foot forward and make your resume stand out! Not only will you earn those certifications from well known vendors such as CompTia, and Microsoft, you can also earn Associates Degrees  such as Computer Technician Associates Degree,  and IT Network Engineer Associates Degree. At Asher College, The IT Associate Degree programs will help you prepare for job roles like Computer and Network Technician, and It Network Engineer.

Asher College meets with employers on a quarterly basis to evaluate what it is they are looking for when choosing candidates. Having both your Information Technology certifications coupled with an Associates Degree versus a candidate who only has certifications or none, gives you a higher advantage of landing that job. At Asher College, we have a dedicated Career Services director who will work with you in ensuring you are prepared for that interview.

Why an Associates Degree versus a Bachelor's Degree? An Associates Degree is more recognized to employers because they involve more advanced technical training with hands on experience rather than more formal or traditional education. Which in the field of Information Technology, technical advances are constantly evolving.

To find out more about our career training programs and Information Technology Associates Degrees, visit contact us at Asher College.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

What is Information Technology?

What is information technology?

A straight forward definition of Information Technology is the technology of hardware and software which is required for the processing of data and other information. An example of that would be our website which offers information on information technology programs.

Information technology encompasses many definitions. You can look at how it affects the daily routines of our day. You can marvel at the constant innovation and design. You can allow yourself to be a part of the testing, distribution and operations that allow people to communicate and grow in careers and lives. In today’s society the number one form of communication is through the traveling of data. This information is spread through networks and helps people communicate with each other. Whether you are retrieving information from a work group computer or you are researching information in another country networking and information technology will always astound people.

A clearer understanding of network technology involves the transmission and storage of information, especially the development, installation, implementation, and management  computer systems within companies, colleges, and other organizations. For every company you have an IT support team. Without these individuals companies would not be able to grow. There are many trade schools and career colleges out there that offer iinformation technology programs. Asher Career Institute helps their students grow and develop the skill set needed to work as a CompTIA A+ Certified IT Technician or a CompTIA Network+ Certified Professional.

Information technology can be pretty simple in its definition however the technology itself is what’s complicated. There are so many paths an IT can go down and with that offering many options and jobs for those students. So you ask what is information technology? Well I’d like to think it’s a way of keeping the world going around and it should be very obvious that the growth in information technology we would be lost without CompTIA Certified Network+ Specialists, CompTIA Certified Security+ Specialists, Cisco Certified Network Associate Specialists (CCNA) and so on.

A few certifications to look at

The Network + course was created to provide foundational knowledge of pc operation and architecture to include the ability to install, operate, manage, maintain, and troubleshoot a corporate network. CompTIA Network+ Certification allows for validation in a Network admins.

If you are looking to start an amazing career in Information Technology then it is essential to have the foundation. The CompTIA A+ Certification is just that. It is the foundation that will help build your skill set and knowledge in areas such as troubleshooting, installation of hardware and software, networking, security and preventative maintenance.

For more information on an exciting career as a CompTIA Certified Network+ Specialist please contact us at Asher Career Institute/Asher Career College.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

What is a Database Administrator?

The right path for you

If you are looking for a trade school or career college that offers information technology programs then Asher Career Institute is a step in the right direction.
Asher Career Institute prepares its students for a challenging career in the world of Information Technology. One of the many courses Asher College offers includes Microsoft Certified IT Professional Database Administration which will be our topic today.

Whats does a Database Administrator do?

Before we talk about what a Microsoft Certified IT Professional Database Administrator does I first want to note that just about every organization from big corporations to mid size companies have a database. Just think of all the positions available for a Microsoft Certified IT Professional Database Administrator and all the information technology programs to choose from. A Database Administrator (DBA) is the person responsible for managing the information within an organization. One of the responsibilities for almost every database administrator includes the installation of new databases. As part of the database installation, the database administrator will set up login credentials, define the privileges associated with each user, and ensure that every work station on the network is set up to access the new database.

Another important task that follows installation and set up is troubleshooting. It is the Database Administrators job to make sure that any issues with the installation is adjusted and resolved to prevent any problems for users. Database Administrators are a vital part of a companies infrastructure. It is also important to note that time management is essential. They are aware that one of the most important parts of their job is making sure that the database is available, up to date and accurate and that security and backups are done without error. With this a good DBA will make sure that backup and recovery procedures are sound and in place.

Essentially, the main role of a Microsoft Certified IT Professional Database Administrator has to do with overseeing the installation and ongoing function of software. Other responsibilities that a database administrator will perform include: 
  • Making sure there are NO new alert log entries         
  • Successful backups
  • Verifying success of database archiving        
  • Watching for objects that break rules
  • Making sure there are NO security policy violations
  • Verify in SQL that there are NO errors or issues    
Being the best at what you do is essential to the growth of any IT professional. We understand that there are many trade schools and career colleges out there which is why having the skills starts with a great foundation and education. Many of our success stories come from our students at Asher Career Institute and knowing they are prospering in their field is what we strive for. 

Windows 7 certification is an exam the measures a multitude of skills including installing, upgrading, and migrating to Windows 7. The configuration of hardware and applications as well as the deployment of Windows 7 is a must. In addition to the skills having a strong knowledge of configuring networks, mobile computing, backup and recovery are essential to the success of passing your exam.

Obtaining a certification in Active Directory  Server 2008 will certify that you are proficient in designing, implementing, configuring, and managing a Windows Server infrastructure in your organization.

For more information on an exciting career as a Microsoft Certified IT Professional Database Administrator please contact us at Asher Career Institute/Asher Career College.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Choosing the right IT school for you!

What should you look for in a perspective school

With so many trade schools that offer Information Technology Programs how does one know which to choose? A good rule of thumb is to do your research and aim towards accredited schools.  A school that has a reputable accreditation body such as accet accredited career trade schools provides more comfort and stability in any career college. As a prospective student it is your job to do your due diligence and be sure you are given every opportunity and resource needed to become successful in your career path of interest. Making sure you find the right IT Programs is crucial to picking the right career college.

Having been a student once myself there were things I needed to help strengthen my skill set in information technology. Having a  IT career college that offers expert vendors certifications is crucial. Most Employers require IT certifications over Information Technology Degrees. So when picking an IT school do yourself a favor and pick a school that is partnered up with some of the biggest names in Information Technology. The school I attended was Asher Career Institute, They are partnered with Microsoft and are a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. They offer Microsoft certifications like Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, Microsoft Certified IT Professional Enterprise Administrator and more. But make sure they offer more then one companies solutions. Asher Career Institute also offered me CompTIA certifications, They were also a CompTIA partner. That was almost enough to sell me on their school but the icing on the cake was Asher College is also a Cisco Partner, and they offered me Cisco CCNA as one of my IT programs certifications. Having the hands on experience with the certifications in Information Technology and career services that I was offered? I could not resist so I enrolled at Asher Career Institute. Some students are visual learners and to be able to see and emulate what the Instructor is doing is a huge asset. Understanding the verbiage and having a desire to succeed in the information technology field will help you to separate yourself from the pack in your journey of finding the right computer training or trade school for information technology.

Asher College offers many resources to better assist you in your educational goals when leaning towards the information technology field. Asher provides Certified Instructors that are there to help guide and teach students the essentials needed to be a successful IT. In addition all students have access to online resources, virtual and practical technical labs, courseware study and guidance, pc and network clinics as well as a multitude of lectures. It is vital to have different forms of instruction for every student does not learn the same way.

What could one expect after they choose a school

Once you have chosen the right school you can start to move forward to a fantastic career in Information Technology.  Now what could one expect? Depending on the school you attend this will vary. What the Instructors do at Asher Career Institute starts with a thorough orientation outlining what a student can look forward to throughout the program. The Instructor will go over every component of the course and resources, how it will benefit them and more importantly how to maximize those resources.

After a thorough orientation you will be introduced to the staff and student leaders. It is our mission to help you become successful in all your education goals. Our Instructors will sit down with you and make sure you are comfortable with navigating the online resources as well as completing your first techlab. Acclimation to ones surroundings is important and knowing this Asher Instructors make every effort to accommodate all students.

A students experience no matter where they choose to attend should be filled with thorough instruction and guidance. When a student feels confident in their decision to further their education having a great foundation and support system is vital to success. 

So whether you are new to the world of Information Technology or you are a returning student moving towards attaining your CompTIA, Microsoft or Cisco certification it is important to do your research and choose the right school for you. 

CompTIA A+ is the first step and foundation needed to be proficient in IT support. In obtaining this certification you’re knowledge base will include such skills as installing of hardware and software, preventative maintenance, diagnostic repair and security. The CompTIA exam tests competency of all above skills in 2 exams.

The Network + course was created to provide foundational knowledge of pc operation and architecture to include the ability to install, operate, manage, maintain, and troubleshoot a corporate network. CompTIA  Network+ certification allows for validation in a Network admins

Windows 7 certification is an exam the measures a multitude of skills including installing, upgrading, and migrating to Windows 7. The configuration of hardware and applications as well as the deployment of Windows 7 is a must. In addition to the skills having a strong knowledge of configuring networks, mobile computing, backup and recovery are essential to the success of passing your exam.

For more information about an exciting career in Information Technology please contact Asher College!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Get Your CompTIA A+ Hardware Certification Now!

Did you know that employers are requiring Information Technology certifications from potential job candidates? 
CompTIA A+ Hardware Certification

A employer sees education different in the world of IT then we a see in any other industry.  In Fact with information technology employers see your degree as a sign that shows your trainable, but they view the certification as the verification that your an expert.

You troubled yet?

Relax this is not as backwards as it sounds the reality is a Certification covers every level of CompTIA A+ Hardware knowledge but a Degree is only general information into the IT field.

So what does this mean to the guy looking at going to a University vs a Career College?

  • It means not only can he take a accelerated course to get into the IT field faster by focusing on a Career College like Asher College.   
  • But he can also save a lot of time and save a lot of money. 

So what is the advantage of having this certification? 

In Todays Information Technology everyone is using Intel or AMD even Apple inc. the leader in the consumer market place for computers now uses intel for their hardware. So simply having your A+ Certification is so crucial and essential to anyone looking to join any IT / Computer Company.

Do you like to take things apart and put them back together again? 

If you answered yes then CompTIA's A+ Certification would be a perfect course for you will learn how to build computers from scratch and learn how to upgrade and maintain the computers as well. So weather you are going to work for someone else or going to work for yourself. You cannot go wrong with getting Certified in CompTIA A+

Get Started with your CompTIA A+ Hardware Certification Today


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Network hardware what does it do?

Repeater, repeater, repeater...

If your looking to become a network administrator then having a sound foundation is key. A good start to a strong foundation is knowing your hardware. The first question I seem to get is what is the difference between a hub, repeater and switch? A repeater does exactly what its name says. A repeater does exactly what its name says lol. It repeats any electrical signals that come into one port or out its other port. This 
is not the smartest device but it served its purpose.

Hub a bub bub

A hub is typically the least expensive, least intelligent, and least complicated of the three. Its job is pretty simple: anything that comes in one port is sent out to the others. Every computer connected to the hub "sees" everything that every other computer on the hub sees. The hub itself is ignorant of the data being transmitted. For years, simple hubs have been quick and easy ways to connect computers in small networks. The Hub and repeater both work at the Physical layer of the OSI Model, Layer 1.

Switch it up!

Pretty straight forward right? Now time for the very intelligent switch. A switch does essentially what a hub does but more efficiently. How does it do this? By paying attention to the traffic that comes across it, it can "learn" where MAC addresses are. For example, if it sees traffic from computer A coming in on port 2, it now knows that computer A is connected to that port and that traffic to computer A needs to only be sent to that port and not any of the others. The net result of using a switch over a hub is that most of the network traffic only goes where it needs to rather than to every port. On busy networks this can make the network significantly faster and prevent broadcast storms. Another note is that the switch works at the Data-Link layer of the OSI Model, Layer 2.

There are many resources out there to help increase your skill set and knowledge. At Asher College you can get hands on experience attending their Network Clinic. This clinic covers many facets of building a network from scratch all the way up to managing clients. 

CompTIA Network+ certification is the sign of a qualified networking professional.

CompTIA A+ certification validates foundation-level knowledge and skills necessary for a career in IT support. It is the starting point for a career. The international, vendor-neutral certification proves competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. 

CompTIA Security+ certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of security, one of the fastest-growing fields in IT. CompTIA Security+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification that demonstrates competency in Network security, compliance and operational security, threats and vulnerabilities and application, data and host security.
For more information about an exciting career in Information Technology please contact Asher College!

Check out this Article About Microsoft Certifications 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Utilizing Windows 7

Windows 7 features...take advantage of them!

Windows 7 has a lot to offer its users in the way of backup and restore, optimization and performance, and spyware protection. As a user why not take advantage of these awesome features?? People love to go out and purchase the next big thing and since Vista bombed, the birth of Windows 7 made many people very happy. Of course you have Windows 8 right around the corner. However the true Windows 7 user seems to be very loyal to it's Operating system.

So you are a Windows 7 enthusiast and want to make sure you are getting the full bang for your buck. As an IT you know how to optimize every feature and protect against the evils of the outside world but for everyday users that are NOT computer savvy this might be a challenge. A few suggestions are to take a course on it and get up to speed on the wonders of Windows 7. There are wonderful schools out there like Asher College that prepare their students for the challenging world of Information Technology. Another option is finding a talented IT to assist you or taking advantage of community services such as PC Clinic which is a free PC Repair clinic set up by Asher College to help aid in people who need help with the PC. 

Back it up or lose it forever!

Now lets talk about a few features Windows 7 has to offer. If you have important information like documents, music or special pictures of family and friends over the years then backup and restore is a great feature. The average user purchases a computer but never thinks that one day the hard drive will crash and that their world of memories are lost in a split second. Take the time to learn how to do a backup of your precious data or bring it down to PC Clinic located at Asher College on Thursdays with an external hard drive or flash drive and we'll back everything up for you. 

Don't be tricked by fakes. 

Another important feature to utilize that will help protect your computer from adware and spyware as you visit websites is Microsoft Security Essentials. Now the IMPORTANT thing to know is that there are many fake antivirus, malware, and spyware applications out there that get a hold of your computer and hold it hostage until you pay money to have the virus, malware, or spyware removed. The people who make these fake antivirus applications tell you that your PC is infected with fake viruses, when their application is actually the virus that prevents you from removing it. This is a terrible thing!! The worst part of it all is that it will go under the name for example Win 7 Anti-Spyware. This is NOT a Windows product but when users see the name they believe it will fix the issues they are having but in reality it's making it worse and they are paying money for it. NOT NICE AT ALL!! DON'T BE TRICKED BY FAKES!! Microsoft Security Essentials is a Windows antivirus that is free and helps protect your computer in real-time. 

With just a little information whether you are a novice or pro your Windows 7 experience can be filled with happiness and joy! 

MCTS Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications are designed to validate your skills on the features and functionality of Microsoft technologies. 

Microsoft MCITP EA credential is the leading certification for Windows Server 2008, providing widely recognized, objective validation of your ability to perform critical, current IT job roles by using Microsoft technologies to their best advantage.

For more information about an exciting career in Information Technology please contact Asher College!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Preparing for your Cisco CCNA Exam

Getting prepared for the exciting world of Cisco

If you have a passion for networking and Cisco is the path you're choosing then a quick guide to preparing for the CCNA ICND1 exam is always a plus. The ICND exams cover a variety of topics. The important thing to understand is that having your foundations are a must and will truly help in your success of passing this test. So what are the foundations that will help get you through this very intense exam? First off having a basic knowledge of TCP/IP, routing protocol and spanning trees. Ok so if you are already like what is a spanning tree then its time to delve back into your training books. 

What are some of the resources I can use

There are a lot of resources out there and if you are a student of Asher College then take advantage of the CBTNuggets, virtual sims, supplemental study guides and subnetting lectures. With that said back to basics. I can't stress this enough that when your foundation is strong then your success is greater. Cisco CCNA exams build off one another so it is vital that you live eat and breath binary! The ICND1 questions all have subnetting in one form or another. If you are NOT confident and quick with your subnetting then you will have issues and run out of time. You can also use VLSM which isn't part of the exam but helps strengthen your understanding of subnetting. 

What are the fundamentals that I need to know

The ICND1 exam also includes topics on networking fundamentals; connecting to a WAN; basic security and wireless concepts; routing and switching fundamentals; the TCP/IP and OSI models; IP addressing; WAN technologies; operating and configuring IOS devices; configuring RIPv2, static and default routing; implementing NAT and DHCP; and configuring simple networks.This is why it is so important to be prepared and know your basics!

Network+ covers network technologies, installation and configuration, media and topologies, management, and security. Candidate job roles include network administrator, network technician, network installer, help desk technician and IT cable installer.
Companies such as Dell, HP, Ricoh, Sharp and Xerox recommend or require CompTIA Network+ for their networking technicians. It is a technical prerequisite option for IT technicians seeking to join the Apple Consultants Network, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Cisco CCNA Certified Network Associate (CCNA) validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size route and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN. CCNA curriculum includes basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless networking concepts and terminology, and performance-based skills. This new curriculum also includes (but is not limited to) the use of these protocols: IP, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Serial Line Interface Protocol Frame Relay, Routing Information Protocol Version 2 (RIPv2),VLANs, Ethernet, access control lists (ACLs).

For more information about an exciting career in Information Technology please contact Asher College!