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Cloud & Crypto Computing Program

Goodland Tech: Candidate Q&A

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If you’ve made your way to this page, odds are that you’re intrigued by Goodland Tech’s integrated program that combines technical education and an apprenticeship with a long-term employment pathway.  This page has some of the most common questions we get from prospective students and professionals.

If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out directly: Send us an email at hello@goodland.tech, and we’ll be back to you within a day.  If you’d rather call us directly, call (785) 734-0839—and be sure to leave a message so that we can get back to you if we aren’t able to answer when you call.

So, is Goodland Tech a degree program, an internship, a job, or something else?

It’s all three and then some.  Students who work with Goodland Tech receive the benefit of an accredited degree program through NWKTC, part of which includes real world, on-the-job training for course credit.

Once finished with the two-year educational program and on-the-job practicum, Goodland Tech places students in paid apprenticeships where they earn $40,000 – $65,000 annually working remotely on cutting-edge technology projects.

After four years, students can expect ongoing full-time employment earning $70,000 – $110,000.  And, because of our partnership with NWKEICI, those who complete the four-year program will receive tuition reimbursement.

(As an aside, consider that NWKEICI’s involvement is an endorsement of what we’re doing: bringing incredible educational and professional opportunities to Northwest Kansas and other underrepresented regions.)

What would I learn in this program?

NWKTC’s program teaches students core knowledge that is fundamental to developing software and building applications.  Even if you believed that cloud computing will go out of style soon (it won’t) or that Blockchain is a fad (it isn’t), a graduate of NWKTC’s Cloud & Crypto Computing program would graduate with foundational knowledge that is central to projects that modern companies need.

The program’s coursework and integrated internships teach students what they actually need to know to succeed as a developer in the modern technical corporation.  From Object-Oriented Programming, to Swift Programming, to design and development principles and more, the curriculum is a rock-solid foundation for anyone hoping to have skills that are in demand at technology or financial institutions that are building world-changing applications.

Beyond the core curriculum, students can specialize in one of five cloud and crypto computing subspecialties:

  • Back-end
  • Front-end
  • Dev ops 
  • Blockchain
  • Product design & project management  

Think of these as a “major” that students would traditionally pursue at a four-year university.  However, instead of wasting time on theoretical content, NWKTC students participating in the Goodland Tech program can achieve both the foundational and specialized technical knowledge required to succeed in only two years.

Importantly, while all graduates will understand technology, not everyone will spend their days programming.  This program is designed for those who are creative, those who love organizing projects and information, and those who are passionate about leading teams.  Choosing a pathway is a student’s way of matching his/her interests with the variety of professional opportunities in this field.

How does the NWKTC program differ from a four-year degree program?

A traditional four-year college spends a lot of time teaching foundational courses and things unrelated to a student’s eventual career.  The Cloud & Crypto Computing program, like many two-year educational programs, dives in to a curriculum with practical, real-world education and skills that are in-demand from employers.  Coupled with Goodland Tech’s apprenticeship and employment opportunities, participants will gain infinitely more real-world experience and be set up for a lucrative career.

I’ve heard that the program is free: is that really true?

That’s a great question.  It’s a little more complicated than that (we’ll explain), but the simplest answer is that the program ends up being close to free for anyone who completes the four-year program.

First things first, you won’t pay Goodland Tech a penny.  We’ve partnered with Kansas development agencies like NWKEICI and world-class employers interested in hiring properly-trained technology professionals.  They believe in (and are paying for) what we’re doing: the former because it helps the local economy and the latter because it helps their businesses.

The biggest costs associated with Goodland Tech’s four-year education-and-employment pathway are the fees charged by NWKTC for the two-year Cloud & Crypto Computing program.  Detailed estimates can be found on their website, but as of this writing, they estimate $1,500 for a required Apple laptop and $9,000 annually for tuition, fees, and books–for a total just shy of $20,000 for the two-year program.

However, as noted on our “Your Path” page, anyone who completes the fourth year is entitled to reimbursement of any student debt incurred due to attending NWKTC, meaning that the total net cost to the student could in fact be zero.

Does it really pay to live and work in Goodland, Kansas? Will my life be better?

“Better” is relative, of course.  Some people love their rural communities and don’t want to leave.  At Goodland Tech, we’re making it possible to earn big city incomes while enabling people to remain in the communities and be part of the culture that they love.  So, whether it’s “better” to live in Goodland is a matter of personal preference.

But what isn’t a debate is the economic opportunity for anyone going through Goodland Tech’s program.  Our target post-apprenticeship salaries ($70,000 – $110,000) are double that of the average salary in Goodland, Kansas (according to Zippia.com).  That level of pay affords people the freedom to make choices that they couldn’t otherwise make–start a family, invest more, travel, pay off your home early, and more.

Consider just that last example: as of this writing, Realtor.com estimates that the average home in Goodland costs $167,300.  That would result in an average monthly payment of $890 for thirty years (this assumes a 20% down payment and a 7% interest rate).  With the higher salary, someone from our program could easily afford to make double payments, which could mean owning one’s house free and clear by age 30 (8.3 years’ worth of payments, to be exact).

So, maybe the question above was the wrong one to ask.  Let’s just put it this way: if you’re the kind of person who wants to live in Goodland, Kansas, having in-demand skills that lead to a higher income will absolutely make your life better.

Where will I be working after completing the first year, second year, and beyond?

This will vary based on a student’s interests and the projects available when s/he is ready for the practicum, apprenticeship, or employment.  Our cofounder worked with financial institutions and those focused on security and cryptography, which will be areas that will be broadly available.

Consider that a student specializing in back-end development and one more interested in project management would hold very different roles but could still work for similar companies.  Both might work for a large bank developing a decentralized financial application—the former spending days coding behind the scenes to ensure that an application’s logic is correct and the latter interfacing between different personnel to organize the overall project.

What happens if I decide that I don’t want to work in crypto, Blockchain, or cloud computing: will this program have been a waste?

In a word, no.  The world is changing, and technical development is changing with it: there are flourishing employment opportunities for anyone looking to enter these industries.  However, the program’s foundation includes underlying technical principles that have stood the test of time and will serve anyone well if they wish to switch careers.  The NWKTC curriculum teaches things like Object-Oriented Programming and Swift Programming, as well as design and development principles.

Whom can I talk to for more information?

Send us an email at hello@goodland.tech, and we’ll be back to you within a day.  If you’d rather call us directly, call (785) 734-0839—and be sure to leave a message so that we can get back to you if we aren’t able to answer when you call.

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Master the tools and technologies you need to enter the Bitcoin, Crypto, and Web 3.0 world. During your Goodland Tech education and apprenticeship, you’ll master a number of cutting-edge tools and technologies and receive the knowledge and training that you need to enter the industry with a high-paying job. Our graduates have high paying jobs when they’re done with the program; a typical salary range of $70,000 to $110,000/year (average salary in Kansas is $28,128).

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