Rowan-Cabarrus Community College on Wednesday launched its new PC and Networking Academy, offering a series of advanced technology certification programs in the areas of PC Repair and Cisco Networking.
The first eight-week continuing-education course has begun, but four more courses will be offered through late spring. The next two courses start Jan. 28 and two others begin in April.
Programs will be taught by industry-certified instructors who use the latest technology to provide real-world, hands-on experience in the classroom.
College representatives say the educational program will prepare students to design, build and maintain local and wide-area networks, as well as provide PC software and hardware support.
Certifications can help lead to public- and private-sector careers in networking, PC support and information technology. Students also can use the courses to prepare for a higher-level degree in information technology, telecommunications, engineering, computer science and similar fields.
“Certifications are extremely important in IT,” said John Brand, a networking instructor at the college with more than two decades of industry experience. “This is an employment sector where there are lots of jobs, and we are very pleased to be able to offer these stackable credentials. The certifications allow our students to get to work quickly … and build upon their training, earning more certifications and, ultimately, more money.”
Classes, held at the college’s Cabarrus Business and Technology Center in Concord, are designed to provide immediate exposure to leading industry technologies. The courses prepare students to take the Cisco and CompTIA certification exams.
“These certifications also have the power to open the door for interviews that a degree alone might not provide,” Brand said. “The majority of students who complete these courses are ready to take the certification tests. We also provide free resources to prepare for the exam. The other great advantage is that these certifications transfer right into credit courses if obtaining a degree becomes appealing to you.”
The certification program also could prepare students for various IT positions, such as help-desk support, entry-level network support, PC and network repair and wireless network support.
“We believe that certifications and education are critical to our employees’ success, especially in the IT industry,” said Dan Ballister, Time Warner Cable director of communications. “Our education assistance program helps make continuing education possible for many of our employees. I’m thrilled that our employees are finding the training they need at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.”
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