This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
I'm looking for feedback and experience with Chubb Institute, particularly with their DBA course. Here are the questions I'd like answers to: 1) How would you rate Chubb Institute, as both a school and a jumping off point to a new career? 2) Were the courses hands on enough, were the instructors knowledgeable in there respective fields? 3) As I'll explain below I'm making a career change at 40 years old. I get the impression from the adviser at Chubb, that many of the students are making career changes from other fields. I'd like to hear the experience of those that have done just this. 4) Originally I had contacted them regarding their Java programming course. They advised against it saying that for the foreseeable future the field is not looking promising for entry level programmers, and felt that the DBA program would be my best bet. Any thoughts. 5) Can you recomend any forums or web sites for those pursuing a DBA ? For the last 15 years I've been employed as an aircraft mechanic. My company recently made the decision to relocate to another state. Rather then relocate with them I'm contemplating making a career change. Basically I've gone as far as possible with my present occupation, have grown tiered of it and look forward to doing something new. I've always been interested in computing, and feel that a career in computers would give me the challenges and opportunities I'm looking for. I have been pursuing a Computer Science degree (associates) at the local community college, but have always felt that their program was too academic and did not provide enough hands on experience. Additionally I've already taken most of my computer courses but still have about 2 or 3 semesters (part time) worth of general academic courses. The Chubb Oracle DBA course will take about a year going part time. I feel that spending the next year with intensive hands on experience, would better serve my purpose then spending that year taking trig and biology. With the above said I'd like to hear your experiences or advice.