CIW Success Stories

CIW Success Stories

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Jonathan King
Senior eCommerce Business Analyst
Axa UK
(Hampshire, UK)
CIW Certifications Earned:
Other Certifications:
  • Several ISEB qualifications relevant to eCommerce business analysis
Hampshire, UK
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Managing project tasks
  • Managing associated developer and tester resources
  • Web delivery

"Before gaining CIW certification, I had a dead-end job," says Jonathan King. "However, after gaining certification I was offered the first Web developer job that I applied for. Ten years on and I now earn over three times as much annually than my previous non-career based job!"

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Janelle Mason
System Administrator / Web Developer
Clarence Fitzroy Bryant Tertiary College
(Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis)
CIW Certifications Earned:
Other Certifications:
  • BSc. Information Technology
Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Information system online registration management
  • Web designer
  • Web developer
  • Programmer

Janelle Mason was able to start her own business after earning CIW certifications in Web Foundations, Web Design, E-Commerce and Database Design. "CIW enhanced my skills in Web design and development," she says. "CIW courses are great for anyone who wants to develop dynamic, interactive Web sites. If you are thinking of building your skills to start your own career, CIW courses are definitely the way to begin! CIW makes dreams come true."

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Alan Yoshida
INS IPT
Raytheon
(Highlands Ranch, Colorado)
CIW Certifications Earned:
  • CIW Associate
Other Certifications:
  • Microsoft
  • CompTIA
  • Citrix
  • Cisco
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Networking

Alan Yoshida earned his CIW Web Associate certification, along with other professional certifications from Microsoft, CompTIA, Citrix and Cisco. He now works in Networking for Raytheon, a major U.S. defense contractor. "Obtaining the CIW certification helped me advance my career," he says. "And adding multiple certifications from various vendors showed potential employers that I have the ability to be agile." CIW provides a vendor-neutral technology foundation that you can build upon with specific product knowledge for success across entire networks of any size.

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Owen Giles
Web Developer
Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd
(London, UK)
CIW Certifications Earned:
  • Master CIW Web Site Manager
Other Certifications:
  • BSc (honors) Information Technology
  • Oracle (Sun) Certified
  • Java Programmer
London, UK
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Intranet Manager / Developer

Owen Giles was looking for a career change when he took the CIW Web Foundations courses. He now works as a Web Developer for Sony Music. "CIW gave me an interest in Web design, which led me into programming specifics and Java development," he says. "CIW taught me the Web design fundamentals from which I could build more specific skill sets." CIW gives you the foundational knowledge that is useful in any job, and guides you to the advanced skills you need for more defined career paths.

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Muhammed Alkhateeb
Senior Web Designer
National Education Network
(Cairo, Egypt)
CIW Certifications Earned:
Other Certifications:
  • MCT
  • MS
  • MCP
  • MCSD
Cairo, Egypt
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Design and lead team of web designers

"I didn't know a thing really about Web technology, but after 6 months I was able to design Web pages," says Muhammad Alkhateeb, who now works as Senior Web designer for the National Education Network in Cairo. "I learned great skills in Web design, development, planning and management through my CIW courses," he says. "I found the course materials excellent, and I am continuing to enjoy learning even more skills through my studying. Even my friends and parents have remarked how impressed they are with my achievements to date, which makes me feel great! Thank you, CIW!"

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Andrew Edwards
Web Communication Specialist
Old Dominion University
(Norfolk, Virginia)
CIW Certifications Earned:
Other Certifications:
Norfolk, Virginia
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Web asset management
  • Web content migration

"CIW helped me get promoted," says Andrew Edwards, who now works as a Web Communications Specialist. "The CIW Site Development Associate certification helped me become more confident in my coding and design skills, and allowed me to work full time in a field that I love." Andrew recommends CIW training for more high school students. "Get them started early, and help them understand that they don't necessarily need to attend a four-year college to find a good career," he says.

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Nicholas Ellis
Systems Engineer
DPRA
(Knoxville, Tennessee)
CIW Certifications Earned:
Other Certifications:
Knoxville, Tennessee
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • SANS
  • Virtualization

"CIW helped me transition from Active Duty Army back into the civilian workforce successfully," says Nicholas Ellis, now a Systems Engineer in Tennessee. "The CIW Web Foundations Associate courses brought me up to speed on concepts I had missed in my previous training. It prepared me for work in the corporate IT environment." Whether you have already had technology training or none at all, CIW can help ensure that you have all the technology skills you need to succeed in today's workplace.

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Reggie Byrum
Owner
NC Web Pros
(Indian Trail, North Carolina)
CIW Certifications Earned:
  • CIW Associate
Other Certifications:
Indian Trail, North Carolina
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Web design and development
  • CSS
  • XHTML

"I was working for an advertising agency utilizing my associate's degree in Advertising/Graphic Design for print design," says Reggie Byrum. "I realized the future was in Web design and development, and so I attended a local community college and completed the CIW Web Foundations Associate courses and certification. I studied Web design and development, HTML and CSS. CIW gave me the knowledge and confidence to eventually launch my own successful home-based Web design business. Without the foundation of my CIW training, I could not have done this." See Reggie's work at www.ncwebpros.com.

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Tasha Roachford
Information Services Coordinator
Telecommunication Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
(Arima, Trinidad and Tobago)
CIW Certifications Earned:
Other Certifications:
  • Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
Arima, Trinidad and Tobago
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Library and Web Services

"I was selected for my present job because I was CIW certified," says Tasha Roachford. After earning all her CIW Web Foundations Associate and Web Design Professional certifications, Tasha was able to get a job with the Telecommunication Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. "Thanks to CIW, I am able to build Web sites," she says. "CIW has allowed me to improve my digital marketing skills. I now know what it takes to establish an online presence and manage it as well."

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Edward Bosteter
Systems Analyst II – Application Support
British Petroleum NW Fuels Value Chain
(Bellingham, Washington)
CIW Certifications Earned:
Other Certifications:
  • a+
  • project+
  • security+
  • Linux+
Bellingham, Washington
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Application Support

After earning his CIW Web Foundations Associate and CIW Web Development Professional certifications, Edward Bosteter was promoted to Systems Analyst II - Application Support at a major corporation. "The CIW Database Design Specialist skills have been instrumental in several projects I've been involved with," he says. CIW teaches skills that jobs require. The more you know, the more jobs you can do — and the more doors that will open.

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Donald Reggio
Marketing Director
RockTenn Packaging
(Duluth, Georgia)
CIW Certifications Earned:
  • Master CIW Designer
Other Certifications:
Duluth, Georgia
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Develop intel by business segments
  • Provide sales strategies to grow business
  • Develop supporting documents, web based media and digital assets to communicate to target audiences

Donald Reggio, a Marketing Director in Georgia, took CIW Web Design and E-Commerce courses as part of his continuing education when he was changing jobs. "CIW allowed me to fuse the knowledge I had of production in graphics, video, film and print with the digital versions, and enable the work I did in the 'new media' to be more substantive," he says. "I enjoyed learning new skills and the language of current media, which allowed me to remain relevant and advance my career. Also, CIW gave me the ability to interact with IT staff, knowing what is possible and feasible, and see that the IT person knows that I know. CIW certification was a validation that I knew the technology and infrastructure of Web-based media, which I can apply to support my Business Development and Marketing skills."

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Evgeniy Aksyonov
Middle-to-senior front-end developer
Softserve Inc.
(Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine)
CIW Certifications Earned:
Other Certifications:
Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
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Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Front-end developing

Evgeniy Aksyonov, a front-end developer for a corporation in Ukraine, earned the CIW JavaScript Specialist certification as part of his continuing education. "CIW assisted me in my career by teaching me native JavaScript. I received a promotion and a pay raise." CIW teaches skills that employers want — and will pay more for.

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Robert Thomas
IT Manager
Consolidated Foods
(Castries, St. Lucia)
CIW Certifications Earned:
Other Certifications:
  • Microsoft
  • Comptia
Castries, St. Lucia
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for all IT systems

Robert Thomas is a certified CIW Web Security Professional. "I got CIW certified because I wanted a pay raise," he says. "And I got a pay raise. CIW pushed me up a notch. Now I'm responsible for the entire IT system at my company." CIW teaches you the skills that get you the job — and the money.

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Randy Morris
Web Developer
State of Utah
(Kaysville, Utah)
CIW Certifications Earned:
  • CIW Associate
Other Certifications:
  • CompTIA A+
Kaysville, Utah
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Design/Develop Web Sites

Randy Morris works as a Web Developer in Utah. "I have both taken and taught certification courses," he says. "CIW's preparation materials are the clearest and most comparable to the certification exam. Upon completing the course, I felt that I was better prepared than with any other industry exam I've taken." CIW courses teach you what you need to know to earn professional certifications and to succeed in the career endeavors that you pursue afterward.

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Pamela McMillan
Chief Executive Officer
PETAL et al.
(Chicago, Illinois)
CIW Certifications Earned:
  • Master CIW Designer
Other Certifications:
Chicago, Illinois
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Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Oversee operations, training and all site development

Pamela McMillan is now a CEO who oversees operations, training and all site development for her company. "I was a Web developer before I started the CIW training earlier in my career," she says. "But being able to show the CIW certification to HR managers was key. CIW provided a way for me to distinguish myself from others who say they are Web developers. The CIW certificate says I had to pass an exam to prove I had knowledge and skills. So employers know they aren't running a risk when hiring me for a job." CIW certification proves your knowledge and sets you ahead of the pack of those claiming the skills.

About PETAL et al.

PETAL et al. is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that provides skills development and leadership training in the entertainment technology arts industry. Their goal is to help create more opportunities for technology arts career seekers and help them develop the skills necessary to get them there.

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Rebecca Byrd
Network / Systems Engineer / IASO / IANO for Dept. of Defense
General Dynamics
(Grovetown, Georgia)
CIW Certifications Earned:
Other Certifications:
  • CompTIA A+
  • Network+
  • Security+
  • MCSE
  • MCP-IIS
  • CCNA
  • CCAI
  • CCNA Security
  • CCNP
  • NetAPP certified Data Management Administrator
Grovetown, Georgia
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Senior network support
  • Systems engineer

Even with over 37 years as a Senior Network Support/ Systems Engineer, Rebecca Byrd took CIW Web Foundations and Web Design courses as part of her continuing education. "The CIW courses were interesting and an aid to working with Web-based applications," she says. "CIW updated my HTML and CSS skills to the current standards. The courses provide an understanding from the front end and from the developer's code. This is useful as an administrator who has to troubleshoot server issues and Web-based applications, which requires an understanding of the various syntax and codes, and how they relate on the Web interface or server." Seasoned professional or just entering the workforce, anyone can learn valuable skills from CIW.

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Mike Finding
Owner
Dorset Web Design and Photography
(Dorset, United Kingdom)
CIW Certifications Earned:
  • Master CIW Designer
Other Certifications:
Dorset, United Kingdom
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Web site construction
  • Management
  • Photography
  • Marketing

"CIW helps people successfully get out on the Internet," says Mike Finding, who changed careers after earning the CIW Web Design Professional certifications. Now he runs his own successful Web design business in the United Kingdom. "I started my career over afresh several years ago after taking CIW courses. If I had not taken that first course, I may not have found something that really lights me up like Web design does."

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Geraldine Kriegel
Administration Manager
CIE Solicitors
(Kildare, Ireland)
CIW Certifications Earned:
Other Certifications:
  • MS Access Fundamentals
  • MS Excel Advanced
  • SAP
Kildare, Ireland
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Network management
  • Office management

Geraldine Kriegel took the CIW Web Foundations Associate courses as part of her continuing education. "CIW was my starting point," she says. "I started with no IT knowledge, and CIW built me up step by step." After earning her CIW certification, she got a promotion. "I became responsible for planning all new software for the legal department, and I began assisting the IT department in moving from legacy systems to PC-based systems integrating with SAP." She recently began studying mobile app design: "It involves HTML, which I studied with CIW." She'll be bringing her skills to CoderDojo in Dublin, where kids can begin learning about Web development for their future careers.

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Laura Wheeler
Website Manager
State Chamber of Oklahoma
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
CIW Certifications Earned:
  • Master CIW Designer
Other Certifications:
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Manage and update 8-10 websites

Laura Wheeler was looking for career advancement when she took the CIW Web Design and E-Commerce Specialist courses. "CIW gave me unique skills, such as the storyboarding process for new Web sites. My company created a new position for Web design, and I was promoted to fill it." As the Web Site Manager for her State Chamber of Commerce, Laura now manages and updates up to 10 Web sites for her job.

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Tracy Darrell Pinkston
Chief, Information Systems
US Department of Defense
(Grovetown, Georgia)
CIW Certifications Earned:
Other Certifications:
  • CCNA
  • FITS-P
  • Security+
  • Network+
  • A+
Grovetown, Georgia
The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Network security and architecture development

Tracy Pinkston took the CIW Web Foundations Associate courses to satisfy continuing education requirements for his job with the U.S. Department of Defense. "CIW enhanced my skill set, and it enabled me to adapt quickly to changing requirements," says Tracy. CIW balances technical knowledge and skills with on-the-job strategies that propel you on the road to success.

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