OVERVIEW

Reference Documents:
ZTE Program Syllabus
ZTE-FSNA Certification Overview
ZTE 5-Day Bootcamp Overview

Why should I enroll in Zero to Engineer?

You should enroll in Zero to Engineer because it is the only entry to intermediate level IT course that gives you hands-on training, teaches you the essential skills and knowledge needed on the job, and pairs you up with world-class engineers that work for the top tech companies in Silicon Valley.

What results can I expect to get out of Zero to Engineer? 

If you go through all the lessons, do your homework, and follow the instructor's advice, there's no reason you shouldn't expect to become a network engineer in less than a year, even if you have zero experience today. 

In fact, many of our students have been able to go from zero experience to network engineer in just a few months. Here's two examples: 

Take the case of Kevin Lee, for example, he started without any experience whatsoever, and became a network engineer in just 5 months. After only a year and a half after completing ZTE, he became a member of Samsung's network infrastructure team. 

Another ZTE student, Chase Mitchell, who was stuck in a helpdesk role, was able to triple his salary, and become a network engineer at a large corporation, only 11 months after enrolling in Zero to Engineer. 

What is a Full Stack Network Engineer? 

Definition:
A full-stack network engineer is a new breed of network engineer that companies are desperately needing. These professionals are trained in all areas of IT including routing, switching, wireless, security, data center, cloud,automation, virtualization and voice over IP. 

Why they are needed: Companies are having to outsource part of their IT operations or hire extra personnel because their current network engineers are only versed on a few areas of IT, which forces them to incur on extra costs and depend on third party service providers. All of this could be avoided if their network engineers were versed on the full-stack of networking technologies. 

Why are they better:
FSNE's can enable companies to streamline operations and reduce outsourcing costs. They do this by understanding how all the components of a network work together, asking the right questions and solving problems across areas, and keeping operations in house or speeding up any outsourcing processes. 

What kinds of topics will Zero to Engineer cover?

Zero to Engineer covers a wide range of topics from networking, cloud, and security to name a few. The topics covered will give you a rock-solid foundation in all areas of IT so you can become any type of IT engineer.

How was the curriculum created?

Our curriculum was created by Nexgent’s two founders, Terry Kim and Jacob Hess. Both Terry and Jacob are network and systems engineers that have worked for leading organizations like Cisco, Arista, and the US Air Force. In fact, during Terry and Jacob’s time in the Air Force, they graduated over 1000 engineers. 

What jobs will Zero to Engineer prepare me for?

The goal of Zero to Engineer is to give you a rock-solid foundation in all areas of IT so you can have a career in any of these roles: network engineer, systems engineer, cloud engineer, cybersecurity engineer and many more.

PROGRAM

What is Zero to Engineer? 

Zero to Engineer is an online self-study course that gives you the experience, skills, and knowledge to be successful as an IT engineer. People with little to no experience can take this course to get a promotion or break into IT. 

Is Zero to Engineer self-paced?

Yes, this program is self-paced. However, you will have the option to get live mentoring from either Terry or Jacob, the two founders of Nexgent. 

How many hours a week should I expect to spend on Zero to Engineer?

Most students spend anywhere between 5 to 20 hours per week learning. This is why we made our course flexible so that a student or a full-time working parent can do this course. Typically, students finish Zero to Engineer in 2 to 9 months. 

Does Zero to Engineer have an offline course? 

Yes, we have a 5-day bootcamp at our downtown San Jose campus. The 5-day bootcamp is for students who want hands-on training with actual networking equipment. 

Will I have access to Zero to Engineer even after I graduate?

Yes, you will have access.

What is your teaching philosophy?

We believe the most important thing in IT education is real-world knowledge and hands-on experience. This means that we only teach what you will need to succeed in your job by teaching what actual engineers do on a day-by-day basis. 

What about certifications? Are they still relevant?

We believe certifications are still relevant but losing their prominence. This means that hiring managers today prefer employees that have real-world knowledge and hands-on experience. However, because certifications are still the industry standard we have included CompTIA’s Network+ certification course for free. Additionally, we are creating our own certification called the Full-Stack Network Associate (FSNA) cert.

What is a Full-Stack Network Associate and why should I get FSNA certified?

Back in 2000 you could get a Cisco certification and easily earn a good living. For example, IT professionals would have deep domain expertise in one or two areas like networking, security, VoIP, automation, cloud and so on. Today, in order to be successful, you need to know a little bit of everything. That is why we coined the term, Full-Stack Network Associate and why we created our curriculum to teach across a breadth of technologies. In other words, after completing Zero to Engineer, you will have a solid foundation in networking, security, VoIP, automation, and cloud.

What do you look for in students? 

We don’t care if you have a college degree or experience. That said, there are several qualities we look for that leads to a successful student. They are desire, determination, patience, and mindset. As you can see, none of these traits have anything to do with your technical skills. That is because the IT industry is a true meritocracy where the best rise to the top. 

What is Zero to Engineer’s acceptance rate?

We have a 100% acceptance rate. There is no application to enroll in Zero to Engineer.

Is there a free trial period for this program?

We do not have a free trial period but we do have a 30-day money back guarantee. However you must request the refund prior to taking the 5-day bootcamp. You must also return the welcome kit we sent out to the following address: NexGenT Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St. 6th Floor,  San Jose, CA 95113.

How can I convince my employer to pay for my FSNA certification?

Use this template to convince your boss of sponsoring your FSNA cert! 

Do you offer tuition payment plan options?

Yes, we have tuition payment plan options. You can make small monthly installments and pay your tuition over time.

Do you offer any scholarships?

We do not offer any scholarships at this time. However, this does not mean that we will not in the future.

Can my employer pay for Zero to Engineer?

Yes, your employer can pay for your tuition. There is no hard fast rule here so talk to your manager and HR person and ask if your company can pay for it. Please keep in mind that making a strong case for how Zero to Engineer will add value to the company will make your company’s decision easier.

Am I eligible for a tax refund for my education with Zero to Engineer?

No, this option is not available for our program. This is only available to accredited universities that give degrees of which we are not. 

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards as our primary form of payment. If you do not have a credit card, please contact us at support@nexgent.com to see if we can arrange payment via PayPal, check, money order, or another form of payment.

What's your refund policy?

We have a 30-day money back guarantee. This means that if we did not meet your expectations and you are unsatisfied for any reason, you can request a refund. No questions asked. However you must request the refund prior to taking the 5-day bootcamp. You must also return the welcome kit we sent out to the following address: NexGenT Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St. 6th Floor, San Jose, CA 95113.Please contact support@nexgent.com

OTHER

Is there any required pre-work?

No, there is no required pre-work. We only ask that you come with an open mind and be ready to crush it. 

Who are these World-class Mentors you keep talking about?

We are lucky to have some world-class engineers as mentors. These accomplished men and women work at some of the leading tech companies like Uber, Cisco, and Linkedin and their purpose is to provide you with mentorship, feedback, and insight. For this February class, you will be mentored by Terry and Jacob. 

Will I work with the same mentor throughout the program?

No, you can select which mentor you would like to work with as long as he or she is available. 

What kind of hardware is required?

Any up-to-date Windows, Linux, or Mac OSX computer.

Do I need to purchase any software?

No, you do not need to purchase any software.

Do I need to purchase any tools?

No, we use free software simulation application called Packet Tracer. Optional: Purchase some inexpensive equipment to complete and build your home lab. 

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