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Extended Ed offers Microsoft, Cisco certification prep classes in April

Earning industry-standard certification to validate the technical skills used every day in the growing field of information technology can lead to better paying, more satisfying jobs.
Earning industry-standard certification to validate the technical skills used every day in the growing field of information technology can lead to better paying, more satisfying jobs.

To help prepare students for the national IT certification examinations, the Center for Extended and Distance Education will offer a series of 15 intensive, five-week courses to prepare for CompTIA A+ Hardware and Software, CompTIA Network +, Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) certification exams.

Programs take as little as 20 weeks for the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certification prep and as long as 15 months to complete the full program. To ensure that each student benefits from close interaction with the center's Certified Microsoft Instructor, seating is limited to eight students per cadre. Each potential student is evaluated prior to the start of the class and placed in the program at the place that best suits the student's prior experience and skill level. Most students begin with the CompTIA A+ examination prep.

The center began offering IT certification prep classes in early 2000. Since then, the program has served 122 registrants in small cadre groups that meet two nights a week to explore and master Microsoft and Cisco technologies at a variety of skill levels. Students may choose to take one or all of the certification prep classes that build their knowledge base and prepare them for real-world work in a competitive job market.

To serve the Clarksville and Fort Campbell, Ky., communities better, the center has cooperated with the Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation program to have the classes approved for full funding. Qualified students should ask their VA counselor for details about entering the program. The courses also are approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and Workforce Essentials for Workforce Investment Act funding. Students should ask their Career Center counselor for details. The VA vocational rehabilitation students who have completed the center's certification prep courses have a 95 percent pass rate on the national examinations and are all working now in the IT field in a wide variety of positions.

A new cadre of students will begin the CompTIA A+ Hardware and Software class in mid-April 2010. For details about course dates, costs and requirements, interested students should call the center prior to April 5, (931) 221-7816. -- Melony Shemberger