SetFocus is a company that offers online IT training and career development. The GRID, which stands for Global Remote Instructional Delivery, is their proprietary method of delivering that online training.
Online and Live Instruction
GRID training is intended to take advantage of the efficiencies and convenience of online training, while incorporating some of the advantages of classroom courses. GRID training is remote and online, but it is also live and directed by an instructor who is face to face with those in the class via the computer.
State-of-the-Art Conferencing Tools
GRID uses Polycom video and audio conferencing technology tools and Microsoft Virtual Machines programs to create an online classroom environment. The tools are used to enable live connections between students with instructors who are based at the SetFocus facilities in New Jersey. Students can speak with teachers directly rather than use instant messaging. Live Meeting and NetSupport tools allow for sharing of content.
SetFocus offers its "Master's Program" in four areas of information technology. The course tracks range in length from eight to 14 weeks. The tracks are .NET Training, SharePoint Training, SQL Server Training and Microsoft Business Intelligence Training. Each course is offered through the GRID system.
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