Career Express Day 10 NetCom Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas NV

May 17th, 2009
by Christopher Kusek (PKGuild)

Welcome to Las Vegas Nevada!  Wow, what a trip up until this point. 

Caveat, you may notice this is a week late, running on full tilt right from Vegas to TechEd will do that to a person especially when I don’t turn on my computer for the entire time! (Go Mobile!)

So, what brings you to Vegas? Up until this point, when I thought of Las Vegas, I didn’t think of training, certification or education, let alone it being an education destination.  But that is exactly the type of thing which Robert of NetCom has arranged here at the Flamingo Hotel!

Hands down, this is quite possibly one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.   To start the day off, we did our demo-type thing as we normally do on the tour, but that was hardly the beginning of this adventure in education.   After that finished, we had the opportunity to see one of the classrooms which they provide training in, located inside of the Flamingo hotel!   More so than it simply being located inside of the hotel, there are many of these training rooms offering educational packages of all types, which typically run a full class along with a full roster!

One view of the room Just one classroom of many

What really made things even cooler after this point, was our Journey to KVVU TV 5 Fox News where they would interview Ken and Robert about the types of things NetCom  is offering.

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So, now here is where we get to the really fricking cool part, which I was semi-floored when I heard about it.  I don’t know about you, but every one I know is under heavy ‘travel restrictions’ whereby any aspect of education that cannot be serviced locally is not possible due to the cost of Airfare, Hotel, Food in conjunction with the actual cost of the class itself.    That is a severely major challenge we all face within the industry, whether public, private, vendor or customer.    So when I heard about what Robert and NetCom were offering, it was ‘like whoa’ to quote Keanu Reeves ;)

From what I gathered (If I’m mistaken, well, I’ll try to update it then ;))  The training is sold as ‘Destination Education!’   Whereby your airfare, hotel and food are all included in the cost of the training program, and looking at some of the prices of these classes they offer I found it cheaper than regular classes offered by some other training institutions (insert ‘whoa’ here)

Not to mention I’ve heard they do some kind of aggressive model whereby in 6 days you get the equivalent of ~2weeks of training if your days are 10-12hrs or so, in a far shorter time you get that level of depth, exposure so your time and your employers aren’t wasted.   But let’s not forget, at the end of the day after your training is all said and done for the day… You’re still in Vegas!

So check them out, as I certainly will be looking into further (Ooh, I wonder if they need any trainers… hee :))   As an extra bonus! I’ve included an outtake of our crazy time on the bus while Ken and others were being interviewed.

Watchers watching watchers watching watchers?

Incase you cannot make it out, I am filming Ken and Robert being interviewed, while Chris Rue films me filming them, as Tjeerd films Chris Rue filming me filming them, while Liberty takes a picture of them filming and taking pictures of filming and photographing.  It’s all very sane. :)

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