Instructor of the Year 2015

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It was truly an honor to be select as one of the Top 25 New Horizons Technical Instructors of the Year. Obviously, I did not earn this by myself. Thank you to the great crew at New Horizons of Indianapolis who make sure everything runs smoothly. That may be the reason that New Horizons Indianapolis was named Top 3 Large Market Center of the Year. Of course it also helps that all THREE Technical Instructors and one of our Applications Instructors made the Top 25 list.

North America MCT Summit

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Why are all these MCTs so happy? They know that registration for the North American MCT Summit 2015 is Live! Register Now! to reserve your space. Early-bird pricing has been extended to August 15th.

MCT events are your best opportunity to interact with your peers. Come learn a new technical skill, how to teach a specific course or technology, or how to become a better trainer. Please join us Monday – Wednesday 28-30 September in Bellevue, WA for the fifth annual community-driven North America MCT summit. This year’s summit is a collaborative effort between the summit planning team and Microsoft Learning (LeX).

The theme of this year’s event is “More”: We have more of everything planned:  More sessions, more interaction with LeX team members, more social events, and more surprises. Tell your bosses, find the time. This is a great opportunity to learn about the future of the MCT program, express your opinions (and offer constructive suggestions) to the LeX team members. This is your community. Come be a part of it!

Ignite 2015: Certification Central

I just seem to find my way into all the Microsoft Ignite 2015: Certification Central videos. This one was about Certifcation Central. I think the videos are better when they don’t ask me to speak. Be sure to follow Microsoft Learning for more learning resources and event news: https://twitter.com/mslearning and read their blog site for the latest on Microsoft training and certification: https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/

Upgrade to MCSA Windows 10

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Been playing with Windows 10? Want to be among the first to get certified in it?

Earn your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification in Windows 8 between February 15, 2015, and May 31, 2015, and you’ll be eligible to take a Windows 10 exam (Exam 697) for free when it’s published later this year! The Windows 8 MCSA covers Windows 8.1, so you’ll be current and ready to move to Windows 10. Find out more here. 

MCT Ambassadors

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Very honored to be chosen as an MCT Ambassadors at Microsoft Ignite 2015.  What is an MCT Ambassador? They are a group of experienced IT pros and developers who have built their careers and businesses around learning, teaching, and consulting on various Microsoft (and other) technologies. As Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT), they actively train technologists from around the world in classrooms or online. During Microsoft Ignite week, you will have access to their brains and expertise when you visit Certification Central or our booth, for FREE! In addition, many of them will be leading the exam prep sessions to help you ace your exams onsite.

MCT Day in Chicago

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Last September when I attended the MCT Summit, I was asked what one word describes being Microsoft Certified. The first word that immediately sprang into my head was community. Over the years I have met, learned, and worked with hundreds of other professionals within the Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) community. It is an honor to be part of such an outstanding and giving group of people. Continue to Born To Learn to read more.

To sign up for the MCT Day event in Chicago on May 2nd, click here.

MCT Answers


Recently, at the MCT Summit in Redmond, we were asked to answer some questions.

  • How has being Microsoft Certified benefited your business or career development?
  • What are two or three words that come to mind when someone asks you the value of Microsoft Certification?

Here are the MCT Answers from Adnan Hendricks, Lorraine Patrick, Tone Shelby, Matt Griffin, and myself.  If you’d like to see other MCT insights from the MCT Summit North America, please see the previous MCT Answers post or Learn more about becoming an MCT.

MCT Advice: How To Learn a New Microsoft Technology

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MCT Advice: How to Learn a New Microsoft Technology

It’s been a while since I’ve started a new area of study. In most cases, I just build upon the knowledge I have picked up over the many years of being Microsoft certified. But, for some reason, I have always had trouble understanding web development—a fact which some may find strange, considering that I am so proficient in SQL and Visual Basic. It’s just proof that you can’t be an expert in everything! To continue reading on Born to Learn click here.

B2L Website down

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There will be a momentary limitation in accessing Born To Learn and MCT Central. The developer team will set Born To Learn to read-only from 4:00PM PST Thursday, 12/11 to Monday, 12/15. This means no blog-post publishing and logging into BTL or MCT Central for this time window. However, you will still be able to read blog posts, forum posts, and wiki content. You will not be able to use the other site features such as logging in, commenting, or adding forum posts.

Catching Fire

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Just finished registering for Microsoft Ignite. In case you didn’t hear, Microsoft has combined multiple events including TechEd into one big event. Five days of all the best speakers on the future of Microsoft products. In addition, we will be holding the annual MCT Day on May 2nd. Several of us MCT Regional Leads from the Midwest have already started organizing this year’s event and we have some great ideas to build on last years amazing turn out. (Yes, I know we are technically still in this year on the calendar.)

I can’t tell you how excited I am to again attend such great events. Especially when they are just a three hour drive from my house.