About Us

Overview

 

SAM Consulting Services (dba SAM Career Center) was founded in 1993 year by a team of experienced Information Technology and Human Resources professionals. Over this period of time our firm has grown into one of the Tri-State area's most respected job skills training and job readiness training organizations.

Among our most significant achievements are:

- Licensed as a NY State Private Career School specializing in Computer and Business training
- Approved as a Workforce Training Provider by State of New York and New Jersey
- Approved as a Training Institution of NY State Division of Veterans Affairs
- Approved as a Vocational Type of Institution (Visa M-1) for International Students
- Approved by NY State Department of State as Real Estate Training Provider


In 1999 SAM Consulting Services, Inc. was merged with PowerSelf Corp, a placement and consulting services company.
 

With vigorous and intensive training from both a conceptual and practical perspective, we prepare our students for a successful career as professionals in today's marketplace. First of all we offer unique expertise in Classroom Training in areas selected on the basis of industry trends and ongoing market demands:

 

Business and Management
 - Computerized Bookkeeping with QuickBooks, Peachtree and Excel
 - Business Analysis
 - Project Management (PMP) Certification Preparation
 - Comprehensive Income Tax Preparation Course
 - Information Systems Analysis and Auditing
 - Financial Analysis
 - Medical Billing and Coding
 - Electronic Health Records (Online Course)
 - Administrative Assistant and Legal Administrative Assistant
 - Microsoft Office
 - Computer Aided Design System (AutoCAD)
 - General Construction Cost Estimator
 - Real Estate Salesperson
 - Six Sigma Fundamentals
 - City Job Preparation

Information Technology
 - Quality Assurance Automation (QTP and TestDirector)
 - Quality Assurance Comprehensive Course
 - UNIX Fundamentals and SHELL Programming
 - C# / VB.NET / ASP.NET / C++ Programming
 - Java Programming
 - SQL Server Development and Administration
 - Oracle Development and Administration
 - Business Intelligence
 - PHP / MySql / Apache Web Development
 - iPhone / iPad Programming
 - SAS Programming
 - SharePoint
 - VoIP Technician with Cisco Fundamentals
 - Computer Support Specialists (CompTIA, A+)
 - Introduction to Programming

 

We are dedicated to helping professionals advance their careers by providing comprehensive instruction in a variety of technical and business subjects. Our programs are designed to fully immerse students in real-world scenarios, delivering the advantages of on-the-job experience, complete with realistic hands-on projects, pressures and deadlines.

 

Our faculty is selected based on academic credentials as well as professional experience and is committed to the development of the student's creative and analytical skills in a practical work environment.

 

Our state-of-the-art training facilities are located in Brooklyn, New York. Please contact us for additional information or to request an upcoming course schedule.

 

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Leadership

 

Matthew Kirshenbaum, Cofounder & President
As Cofounder and President of SAM Consulting Services, Inc. Matthew Kirshenbaum oversees all business operations and is responsible fordeveloping and implementing corporate  strategy  and practices. Mr. Kirshenbaum has twenty-five years of experience in defining IT standards and implementing systems across a variety of industries. Some of his clients include Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Merrill Lynch, Nomura Securities International, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Chase Manhattan Bank and MetLife. His knowledge and expertise has provided for the company's computer training curriculum and its ongoing development. Mr. Kirshenbaum advises IT professionals with job placement and career advancement.

Mr. Kirshenbaum has a Master's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Stan Shkodnik, Cofounder & Vice President
As Cofounder and Vice President of SAM Consulting Services, Inc., Stan Shkodnik oversees all business operations and is responsible for developing and implementing the company's IT strategy. Mr. Shkodnik's entrepreneurial experience and his vast, in-depth knowledge of information technology have enabled him to successfully develop a computer training curriculum that empowers IT professionals to advance their careers. With over fifteen years of experience as one of the leading IT consultants in the Tri-State area, Mr. Shkodnik has led the design, development and deployment of a multitude of projects for companies such as Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Salomon Brothers, Inc., Morgan Stanley & Co., and Zyware Systems.

Mr. Shkodnik has a Master's degree in Computer Science.

Irina Levitina, VP Recruitment
Mrs. Levitina manages the ongoing recruitment efforts for variety of IT positions in accordance with current technical and job market demands. The students of SAM Consulting Services have a priority to be introduced to jobs which SAM Consulting Services receives from its direct clients. Mrs. Levitina organizes the marketing efforts of the Computer Learning Center via newspapers, community organizations, state and local education and employment agencies, as well as the corporate website. Mrs. Levitina has twenty-three years of experience in Human Resource Administration, Vocational Counseling, Community Organization and Fundraising. Prior to joining SAM Consulting, Mrs. Levitina has held various management positions for the UJA Federation, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York, Refugee Social Services Program, and SCS Business and Technical Institute, as well as an assistant professor position for the Department of Russian Language and Literature.

Mrs. Levitina has a Master's degree in Journalism and has additional education in Human Behavior in Organizations & Urban Development.