Career Services at Empire College

Finding a Career That Is Financially Viable and Fulfilling

September 23, 2019

Finding a Career That is Financially Viable and Fulfilling – Excerpt from Sheena McDermand-Toledo’s Commencement Address to the Class of 2018

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Empire Educator of the Year

Carl Oeschger Brings Excellence to Business & Accounting Classes

September 18, 2019

Carl Oeschger is Empire’s 2019 “Educator of the Year.” Carl holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Diploma in Information Technology, and his diverse background enables him to teach in a wide range of disciplines. Empire students may know Carl from their human relations and accounting classes, or from their courses in […]

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Become a White Hat Hacker

Why Earn a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification?

September 16, 2019

In today’s job market, you need to do whatever you can to make yourself stand out from the competition. If you are underemployed, working several jobs to make ends meet, or just can’t find a satisfying career, a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification may help you rise above the crowd. At Empire College, we believe in this certification so much that we have made it part of the curriculum in our School of Business.
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Cybersecurity Careers

Cybersecurity Training

September 11, 2019

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing industries in California, and for good reason. With so many of society’s systems now managed online, cybersecurity is more important than ever. Cybersecurity professionals are employed in a wide variety of industries, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics only projects their demand to grow. Below, we will discuss […]

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Become a White Hat Hacker

Basic Computer Security: Why Everyone Needs It

August 30, 2019

By Nathan Jackson, MCSA, A+, Network+, Linux+, Security+ –

As an IT professional, one of the things that I hear from people is: “I don’t have anything on my computer worth stealing so why do I need anti-virus? When I hear this I feel that they don’t understand their own worth and how easy it is to protect themselves.

So let’s look at what is stored on your computer/laptop/phone/tablet that someone else could take and sell to the wrong people.
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Micrsoft Office Computer Training

Financial Literacy Education at Empire

August 27, 2019

America Needs a Financial Education. Empire Students Take Action.True or False: Checking my credit score hurts my credit. If you’re not sure, you are in good company. The average American has over $5,500 in credit card debt, half have less than $10,000 saved for retirement, and not quite half of student loan borrowers are behind […]

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Job Growth with Empire College

Position Yourself for Job Growth Opportunities

August 22, 2019

Feeling stuck in a career rut? Need a boost? Certificates and industry certifications are growing in popularity as a path to break into or advance in your career. And the good news is, with the low unemployment rate, companies are also looking for ways to retain their employees and help them advance. According to a […]

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IT Cybersecurity Jobs

Entry-Level IT Cybersecurity Jobs in Santa Rosa

August 20, 2019

Job titles in the IT cybersecurity field are not always cut and dry. In fact, many do not include the word “cybersecurity” at all. Below, we will discuss three common entry-level information technology cybersecurity jobs in Santa Rosa, along with how they help organizations protect their digital information. Network AdministratorsMany IT professionals begin their careers in […]

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Become a Paralegal

Why You Should Consider a Career as a Paralegal

August 13, 2019

Have you ever had to interact with a paralegal? If you haven’t, chances are you may not understand what the profession does. Many use the term interchangeably with “attorney,” but there are actually major differences between the two. Whether you might need one in your future, or are considering a job in this career field, here are some important facts about paralegals.
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Cybersecurity Careers

What Can You Do with a Cybersecurity Degree?

August 5, 2019

What You’ll Earn from Empire’s Cybersecurity Degree ProgramGraduates Empire’s cybersecurity program are awarded an Associate of Occupational Studies in Information Technology with a concentration in Cybersecurity. This concentration prepares graduates for a variety of certifications, including:CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)CompTIA PenTest+CompTIA A+ TechnicianCompTIA Network+CompTIA Security+Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in four areas:Windows 10 ProfessionalInstalling and Configuring Windows […]

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Interview Tips

The Power of Saying Thank You

July 31, 2019

“I chose her because I think she will be the perfect fit for our department. I was very impressed with her, the interview went well, and I chose her over a seasoned MA so that says a lot for her! I think the deal breaker was the email she sent to say THANK YOU for […]

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Certifications: Why Should You Get Them?

July 25, 2019

By Brandan Merrick, A+, Network+, MCP, MCSA –

All of our IT students here at Empire College know we push to get your certifications while you are in school. Today I’m going to address some of the questions you may have about why we do this.
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Cybersecurity Classes

July 22, 2019

What Do You Learn in Empire’s Cybersecurity Courses?A background in cybersecurity offers many benefits. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in information security are projected to grow by 28 percent between 2016 and 2026. This is much faster than the average job growth of 7 percent. And while the national median salary in […]

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Empire College

Empire College Partners with CompTIA

June 27, 2019

Empire Launches D.o.D. Approved Cybersecurity Courses If you’re looking for an exciting career defending computer networks from hacking, along with good job growth and pay, there is now a unique, hands-on training option in the North Bay. Empire College has partnered with The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a non-profit trade association issuing professional certifications for the information technology industry, […]

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Become a White Hat Hacker

Cybersecurity Job Outlook

June 24, 2019

Job future in cybersecurity: Santa Rosa’s Empire College instructor talks need for certified workersThose who want to make a living defending computer networks from hackers will have a new way to be certified to do so.Santa Rosa-based Empire College has announced it is partnering with The Computing Technology Industry, a nonprofit trade association, to offer […]

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Cybersecurity Classes

Become a White Hat Hacker

June 12, 2019

What You Should Know Before Pursuing a Career in Ethical Hacking To many, white hat hacking is somewhat of a mysterious phrase. Yet, even if you’re not quite sure what white hat hackers do, you probably know that they’re growing in popularity — particularity in California. This means that it’s an excellent time to become a […]

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Medical Coding and Billing

Why a Career in Medical Billing and Coding?

May 23, 2019

4.7 Million Reasons Why a Career in Medical Billing and Coding Is Awesome Reason #12: Diagnostic CodingThe following are actual, no kidding, valid codes.Exhibit A: Initial contact with flying horses (W31.81xA)Exhibit B: Knitting Y93.D1xA in a prison courtyard (Y92.147)Exhibit C: Assault by poisoning with the venom of a Portuguese Man O’ War (T63.613A)Diagnostic coding is the […]

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Empire College Expands Paralegal Faculty

May 22, 2019

Santa Rosa, CA—Empire College recently named Laura Krieg, CP as the Legal Department Head of the School of Business. In addition, Nina Cooney, ACP and Eric Young, Esq. have joined the faculty.Laura Krieg, who has been a member of the Empire College School of Business legal faculty since 2010, has worked at various law firms […]

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Empire College Faculty Profie

Faculty Profile: Alyson Brisco, Medical Instructor

April 9, 2019

Fourteen years ago I was sitting on this stage, excited to be graduating, but also a little terrified to be graduating. I had done it. I made it through all of my classes and now it was time to go out and apply everything I had learned. Sitting there though, my mind started to wander. “Would I get a job? Would I remember how to do all of those procedures I’d learned? Will they have a computer system I know? Will I actually use the math I had to learn?” – “Oh my goodness! Wait! What is the speaker saying? Pay attention Alyson. Oh, please, don’t let me fall when it’s my turn to walk across the stage.”
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Empire Students Attend RSA Security Conference

March 20, 2019

On March 5, 2019, Empire College’s IT Department made its yearly field trip to the Moscone Center in San Francisco for the world’s largest IT security conference. Once again, the conference expanded as the need for IT security grows and more companies are looking to fill the security needs of organizations that have suffered data […]

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Free Tax Clinic

Free Tax Preparation in Sonoma County

February 14, 2019

Sonoma County Residents Turn Out for Free Tax PreparationFiling taxes is no favorite chore for a winter day, or any day for that matter.But for Christina Andrade of Santa Rosa, the experience Saturday morning was not so burdensome. She was one of more than 60 local residents who were able to get their taxes done […]

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Deborah Cain, Empire College

Empire Instructor Named Paralegal of the Year

May 8, 2018

A wonderful piece of news recently arrived in our mailbox! Empire College instructor Deborah Cain has been named Paralegal of the Year by the Redwood Empire Association of Paralegals (REAP)! Her name will be submitted to CAPA (California Alliance of Paralegal Associations) where she will be honored at the next statewide conference and will be up for possibly winning CAPA’s Paralegal of the Year award.
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National Public Defender Week – March 18-24, 2018

March 14, 2018

By Professor Kathleen Pozzi, Sonoma County Public DefenderSunday, March 18th, marks the 55th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, and the third nationwide celebration of Public Defense week.  The Law Office of the Sonoma County Public Defender is joining forces with National, State and County wide public defense offices and other indigent defense organizations to celebrate […]

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